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J. T. Ellison is a bestselling American author that writes mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. She attended The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management before moving to The White House as a presidential appointee.
Order of Taylor Jackson Series with Alex Kava, Erica Spindler
|1||All the Pretty Girls||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||14||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Judas Kiss||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||The Cold Room||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||The Immortals||2010||Description / Buy|
|6||Where All the Dead Lie||2011||Description / Buy|
|7||Slices of Night||2011||Description / Buy|
|8||So Close the Hand of Death||2011||Description / Buy|
|9||Field of Graves||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||Blood Sugar Baby (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|11||Whiteout (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|12||The Wolves Come at Night||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Dr. Samantha Owens Series
|1||A Deeper Darkness||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Edge of Black||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||When Shadows Fall||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||What Lies Behind||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of A Brit in the FBI Series with Catherine Coulter
|1||The Final Cut||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||The Lost Key||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||The End Game||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||The Devil's Triangle||2017||Description / Buy|
|5||The Sixth Day||2018||Description / Buy|
|6||The Last Second||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of J.T. Ellison Standalone Novels
|1||No One Knows||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||Lie to Me||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Tear Me Apart||2018||Description / Buy|
|4||Good Girls Lie||2019||Description / Buy|
|5||Her Dark Lies||2021||Description / Buy|
|6||It's One of Us||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of J.T. Ellison Short Stories/Novellas with Alex Kava, Erica Spindler
|1||Slices of Night||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||X (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Chimera (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Gray Lady, Lady Gray (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||Killing Carol Ann (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|6||Prodigal Me (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|7||Where'd You Get That Red Dress? (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|8||The Number of Man (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|9||The Omen Days (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||The Endarkening (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of J.T. Ellison Short Story Collections
|1||Mad Love (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||Three Tales from the Dark Side (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||The First Decade||2016||Description / Buy|
|4||Stories of the Night||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Maggie O'Dell Series with Alex Kava
|1||A Perfect Evil||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Split Second||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||The Soul Catcher||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||At the Stroke of Madness||2003||Description / Buy|
|5||A Necessary Evil||2006||Description / Buy|
|6||Exposed||2008||Description / Buy|
|7||Black Friday||2009||Description / Buy|
|8||Damaged||2010||Description / Buy|
|9||Hotwire||2011||Description / Buy|
|10||Fireproof||2012||Description / Buy|
|11||Stranded||2013||Description / Buy|
|12||Before Evil||2017||Description / Buy|
|13||Goodnight, Sweet Mother||2017||Description / Buy|
Chronological Order of Maggie O'Dell Series
|1||Before Evil||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||A Perfect Evil||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||Split Second||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||The Soul Catcher||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||At the Stroke of Madness||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||A Necessary Evil||2006||Description / Buy|
|7||Exposed||2008||Description / Buy|
|8||Black Friday||2009||Description / Buy|
|9||Damaged||2010||Description / Buy|
|10||Hotwire||2011||Description / Buy|
|11||Fireproof||2012||Description / Buy|
|12||Stranded||2013||Description / Buy|
|13||Goodnight, Sweet Mother||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Ryder Creed Series with Alex Kava
|1||Breaking Creed||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||Silent Creed||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Reckless Creed||2016||Description / Buy|
|4||Lost Creed||2018||Description / Buy|
|5||Desperate Creed||2019||Description / Buy|
|6||Hidden Creed||2020||Description / Buy|
|7||Fallen Creed||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of The Malones Series
|1||Bone Cold||2001||Description / Buy|
Order of We Could Be Heroes Series
|1||Pigeon Tony's Last Stand (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
|2||Unknown Caller (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
|3||Trouble (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
|4||These Cold Strangers (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
|5||Kill Night (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
J.T. Ellison Anthologies
|1||Discount Noir||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Love is Murder||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Storm Season||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Dead Ends||2017||Description / Buy|
|5||A Thousand Doors||2018||Description / Buy|
|6||Infinity: A Suspense Magazine Anthology||2023||Description / Buy|
Though, Ellison will be the first to tell you that it wasn’t necessarily her dream job. She will say the same thing about the work she did as a financial analyst in the private sector, not to mention the marketing director position she filled for various contractors (aerospace and defense).
Writing was her one true passion. Ellison grew up in the backwoods of Colorado. She did not have much in the way of companionship because her school had so few pupils. Ellison had to find ways of keeping her mind busy, which is why she was always wandering Colorado’s dirt roads, climbing rocks, observing deer, and filling her imagination with stories.
She started reading at a fairly young age. Initially, Ellison consumed the poems, science fiction, and romance novels her parents owned. But then she discovered James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, and the like, and they ignited her interest in crime fiction.
Ellison was particularly drawn to Perry Mason and she couldn’t wait to produce stories like his once she became a published author. When she was fourteen, her family moved to Washington, DC.
The transition was culturally shocking. But Ellison adjusted, making new friends, attending Langley High School (McLean), bonding with her teachers, and eventually joining Randolph Macon Woman’s College.
Ellison, who majored in Creative Writing and Politics, was determined to pursue an MFA once she left Randolph Macon Woman’s College. However, Ellison had a thesis advisor who told her that she did not have the talent to become a published author.
Despite her best efforts, the words destroyed the author’s confidence. They extinguished her interest in publishing, paving the way for her political career. She went to George Washington University, met the man that would become her husband, and maneuvered her way through several amazing jobs.
A few years after her wedding, Ellison’s husband decided to return home to Nashville. The author was initially happy to follow him. But it did not take her long to realize that finding a job wouldn’t be so easy. For a time, she worked for a vet.
But she wasn’t compatible with the position. Her life changed for the better when she came across the ‘Prey’ series by John Sandford. Not only were the novels entertaining but they brought the author’s imagination to life.
Ideas starting bubbling to the surface. With the words of her thesis professor still echoing in her mind, she sat down and penned her first novel. Even though her advisors in college had always dismissed her stories as ‘B-Grade Detection Fiction’, Ellison found an audience of excited readers who couldn’t get enough of her work.
J. T. Ellison Awards
Ellison’s collection of accolades includes the ITW Thriller Award and RITA Award Nominations.
Best J. T. Ellison Books
Besides writing, the author hosts ‘A Word on Words’, a literary television show in Nashville. Some of Ellison’s best novels include:
Lie to Me: Sutton and Ethan are not a perfect couple, despite what everyone thinks. Yes, they love each other, but they also despise one another. Nothing they do can bury the web of personal and professional betrayals that have poisoned their relationship.
But they have successfully hidden the tension in their home behind an idyllic facade. All that changes when Sutton disappears, compelling the police to take a special interest in Ethan’s activities.
Good Girls Lie: The girls that attend The Goode School come from wealthy and influential families. The prestigious institution is supposed to turn them into successful women that will eventually attend the most exceptional universities in the world.
But things in The Goode School are not what they seem. The institution turns a blind eye to the questionable actions of its students so long as they pretend to follow the rules. They have permitted dubious behavior to thrive.
Their lies begin to crumble when a student dies. Now rumors are spreading. Apparently, a secret drove the victim to commit suicide. But no one knows for certain where the lies end and the truth begins.
When Does The Next J.T. Ellison book come out?
J.T. Ellison doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Wolves Come at Night and was released on May, 23rd 2023. It is the newest book in the Taylor Jackson Series.
1 thought on “J.T. Ellison”
I just discovered Ellison’s books. The first one I read was, Good Girls Lie. What a twist in that story.
As a teen I went through books by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden. I have a collection of the old Nancy Drew books ( the new prints are just not as good). Then I went through the Box Car Children mysteries. I even have a couple of Trixie Belden.
I really enjoyed Patricia Cornwell’s books also. I love Mary Higgins Clark and have read all her books. J. A. Jance was my last series which were wonderful. As I finish all of one authors books it takes me a long difficult time to find another author whose books are easy to read and keep me spellbound as I read. And of course all the books must be read in the order the books were published.
Ellison’s books will last me through this Fall, Winter and into Spring. I love these books. I hope she keeps on writing.