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

A Serial Killer of Sorts

I’m a mystery writer, a serial killer of sorts, and my latest victim is a Brooklyn landlord, not at all a likable character. In addition to gouging his tenants, he’s done other bad stuff, too, revealed later on in the story. I based his description on a painting I’d seen long ago,…

A New Series … While Fina’s Away

While Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon … you got that right, Fina Fitzgibbons and Denny McDuffy are married. It happened suddenly one night. More on that later. But while Fina’s away, someone has to manage Fina’s cleaning service as well as her detective agency. That someone is Lorraine McDuffy. You remember Lorraine—Denny…

Plot Pivots: Hanging Up Laundry

Plotting is like hanging up a large load of laundry. Picture it, a beautiful Monday in June. The air is fresh, the breeze is flappy, and you’re doing three loads of wash. Don’t you dare use that drier. Get a rope and two poles. Tie one end of the rope…

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