Susan Russo Anderson

About me

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, a member of Sisters In Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.

DEATH OF A SERPENT, the first in the Serafina Florio series, published January 2012. It began as a painting of the Lower East Side, the landmark immigrant neighborhood in Manhattan, and wound up as a mystery story set in nineteenth-century Sicily. NO MORE BROTHERS, a novella, published May 2012, the second in the series. The third book, DEATH IN BAGHERIA, published in December. You can read excerpts on Amazon and on her websites, and writingsleuth.

From my website


  It’s too quiet, at least for Brooklyn, so Fina Fitzgibbons isn’t surprised when she finds a strangled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. She discovers that the dead woman’s young grandson is also missing and begins a hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in…

Plot Pivots: Hanging Up Laundry

For me, plotting is like hanging up a large load of laundry. Picture it, a beautiful day in June. The air is fresh, the breeze is flappy, and you’ve got three loads of wash to do. But just your luck, the drier’s not working. So get a rope and two poles.…

A Serial Killer of Sorts

Death of a Brooklyn Landlord I’m a mystery writer, a serial killer of sorts, and one of my recent victims is a Brooklyn landlord. He’s not at all a likable character. His name is Viktor Charnov, and in addition to gouging his tenants, he’s done other bad stuff, revealed later on in…

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