Rita Mars

Rita Mars is a a mashup of the wise cracking Stephanie Plum with the sangfroid of a Kathleen Mallory. She lives by killer instinct but she carries the banner for love and loyalty – her strength as well as her weakness.  Her moral compass unfailingly takes her the shortest distance from wrongdoing to justice.

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The Rita Mars Thriller Series


Book 2 in the Rita Mars Series: It’s August in Baltimore City. Nothing’s hotter – until Rita Mars gets a shocking visit from the police. Her ex-partner is missing and police are relentless in trying to pin her to the disappearance. One cop in particular has made her his crusade to indict. In the meantime, Rita accepts a client who suspects someone is out to destroy the charitable foundation she works for. Rita hires a hacker named Roswell and a cyber game of cat and mouse commences. This is a high-speed chase of a read that will leave you wondering – could it happen here?

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2022 Winner: CIPA EVVY Book Silver Award in LGBTQ Fiction

In this first of the Rita Mars series, she loses an old friend to what appears to be suicide. She’s convinced he was murdered to cover unethical maneuvers and save reputations in the abyss that is Congress.  Back stabbings inside the beltway sometimes extend beyond metaphorical. 

She’s going to butt heads with the local good ole boy authorities and navigate the deliberately stoked smoke screens of the duly elected, but she is never going to give up.

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About the author

Valerie Webster

Valerie has been a triathlete, a writing instructor, a crime reporter, a member of Sisters in Crime and the mentoring program of Mystery Writers of America.  She is the author of DRIVEN: A RITA MARS MYSTERY, wherein she incorporates her extensive career in law enforcement technologies.  Valerie makes her home near Boulder, Colorado.  DRIVEN is her debut thriller. Read More.

Valerie Webster and Driven: A Rita Mars Thriller in the spotlight via Author of the Day interview.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.


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