J.T. Ellison Books

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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

1All the Pretty Girls 2007Description / Buy
214 2008Description / Buy
3Judas Kiss 2008Description / Buy
4The Cold Room 2010Description / Buy
5The Immortals 2010Description / Buy
6Where All the Dead Lie 2011Description / Buy
7Slices of Night ( With: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler) 2011Description / Buy
8So Close the Hand of Death 2011Description / Buy
9Field of Graves 2015Description / Buy
10Blood Sugar Baby (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
11Whiteout (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Dr. Samantha Owens Series

1A Deeper Darkness 2012Description / Buy
2Edge of Black 2012Description / Buy
3When Shadows Fall 2014Description / Buy
4What Lies Behind 2015Description / Buy

Order of A Brit in the FBI Series with Catherine Coulter

1The Final Cut ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2013Description / Buy
2The Lost Key ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2014Description / Buy
3The End Game ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2015Description / Buy
4The Devil's Triangle ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2017Description / Buy
5The Sixth Day ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2018Description / Buy
6The Last Second ( With: Catherine Coulter) 2019Description / Buy

Order of J.T. Ellison Standalone Novels

1No One Knows 2016Description / Buy
2Lie to Me 2017Description / Buy
3Tear Me Apart 2018Description / Buy
4Good Girls Lie 2019Description / Buy
5Her Dark Lies 2021Description / Buy

Order of J.T. Ellison Short Stories/Novellas with Alex Kava, Erica Spindler

1Slices of Night ( With: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler) 2011Description / Buy
2X (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
3Chimera (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
4Gray Lady, Lady Gray (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
5Killing Carol Ann (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
6Prodigal Me (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
7Where'd You Get That Red Dress? (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
8The Number of Man (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
9The Omen Days (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
10The Endarkening (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of J.T. Ellison Short Story Collections

1Mad Love (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Three Tales from the Dark Side (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3The First Decade 2016Description / Buy
4Stories of the Night 2018Description / Buy

Order of Stacy Killian Series with Alex Kava, Erica Spindler

1See Jane Die ( By: Erica Spindler) 2004Description / Buy
2Killer Takes All ( By: Erica Spindler) 2005Description / Buy
3Last Known Victim ( By: Erica Spindler) 2007Description / Buy
4Slices of Night ( With: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler) 2011Description / Buy
5Watch Me Die ( By: Erica Spindler) 2011Description / Buy

J.T. Ellison Anthologies

1 Love is Murder2012Description / Buy
2 Storm Season2012Description / Buy
3 Dead Ends2017Description / Buy
4 A Thousand Doors2018Description / Buy
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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 Her Dark Lies and was released on March, 1st 2021.


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  1. 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.

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