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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Jo Adamson  

Pen Name: M.J. Adamson

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1935 in Moline, Illinois

-- Mary Jo Adamson on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Adamson was born in Moline, Illinois and worked in Seneca, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Jo Adamson began her career as a high school English teacher in Seneca, Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Not Till Hot January
ISBN: 0553262017

Bantam. 1986

Because he made his name cracking serial murder cases in New York City, everyone assumes that Balthazar Marten is in tropical San Juan to solve a series of murders involving pretty young coeds

REMEMBER MARCH (Balthazar Marten Mystery)
ISBN: 0553267973

Bantam. 1987

NYPD detective Balthazar Marten, on loan to the San Juan police force, finds himself embroiled with student revolutionaries, underworld ties to Puerto Rican casinos, the kidnapping of his partner, and murder

A February Face (A Balthazar Maretn Mystery)
ISBN: 0553265407

Bantam. 1987

April When They Woo
ISBN: 0553271210

Bantam. 1989

May's Newfangled Mirth
ISBN: 0553279084

Bantam. 1989

Balthazar Marten and his girl-crazy sidekick Sixto Cardenas investigate the link between a twenty-year-old crime and, in the present, a sudden rash of deaths in San Juan

The Blazing Tree (Michael Merrick Mysteries)
ISBN: 0451200349

Signet. 2000

Police reporter Michael Merrick journeys into the dark underbelling of nineteenth-century Boston as he investigates a series of deadly arson fires within a local Shaker community. By the author of May's Newfangled Mirth. Original.

Elusive Voice, The (Michael Merrick Mysteries)
ISBN: 0451204204

Signet. 2001

When a respected Harvard professor turns up dead during a sTance led by controversial medium Sylvie Singer, Michael Merrick, an investigative reporter for a prominent Boston newspaper, is plunged into the world of the supernatural as he searches for the killer. Original.


''May's Newfangled Mirth'' was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review in 1989.

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