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.

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Order of A Brit in the FBI Series with Catherine Coulter

# Read Title Published Details
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 Taylor Jackson Series

# Read Title Published Details
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 So Close the Hand of Death 2011 Description / Buy
7 Where All the Dead Lie 2011 Description / Buy
8 Field of Graves 2015 Description / Buy
9 Blood Sugar Baby (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
10 Whiteout (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
11 The Wolves Come at Night 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Dr. Samantha Owens Series

# Read Title Published Details
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 Guardians Series with R.L. Perez, with as Joss Walker

# Read Title Published Details
1 Guardians of Silence (Short Story) ( As: Joss Walker, With: R.L. Perez) 2022 Description / Buy
2 Guardians of Fury (Short Story) ( As: Joss Walker, With: R.L. Perez) 2023 Description / Buy
3 Guardians of Power (Short Story) ( As: Joss Walker, With: R.L. Perez) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Jayne Thorne, CIA Librarian Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Tomb of the Queen (With: Alisha Klapheke) 2021 Description / Buy
2 The Eighth Road (Short Story) (With: R.L. Perez) 2021 Description / Buy
3 Master of Shadows (With: R.L. Perez) 2022 Description / Buy
4 Guardians of Silence (Short Story) (With: R.L. Perez) 2022 Description / Buy
5 A Betrayal of Magic (Short Story) (With: R.L. Perez) 2022 Description / Buy
6 The Keeper of Flames (With: R.L. Perez) 2023 Description / Buy
7 The Prophecy of Wind (With: R.L. Perez) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of J.T. Ellison Standalone Novels

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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
7 A Very Bad Thing 2024 Description / Buy

Order of J.T. Ellison Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Slices of Night ( With: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler) 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

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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 Erica Spindler Short Stories/Novellas with Alex Kava, Erica Spindler

# Read Title Published Details
1 Slices of Night ( With: Alex Kava, Erica Spindler) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of We Could Be Heroes Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Pigeon Tony's Last Stand (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Scottoline) 2023 Description / Buy
2 Unknown Caller (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Unger) 2023 Description / Buy
3 Trouble (Short Story) ( By: Janelle Brown) 2023 Description / Buy
4 These Cold Strangers (Short Story) 2023 Description / Buy
5 Kill Night (Short Story) ( By: Victor Methos) 2023 Description / Buy

J.T. Ellison Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
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
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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?

The next book by J.T. Ellison is A Very Bad Thing and will be released on September, 3rd 2024.


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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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