Welcome!

 I read my first mystery in second grade, and I wrote my first mystery in third grade. It’s been a whirlwind of reading  and writing ever since. Now, I have the joy (and hard work) of creating mysteries for young readers. I hope you’ll also enjoy my first picture book, The Best Mother. I travel all over the country talking about writing mysteries. I hope to meet you one day!

The Quinnie Boyd Mysteries

Join Quinnie and her friends as they tackle three mysteries set in a coastal town in Maine. Her mom’s the sheriff, her dad owns a lobster shack, and the characters who come through this tourist town are peculiar and noteworthy! read more …

The Best Mother, a picture book

When Maxine wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, she wonders if the problem might be her mother. What if she could try out a new mom who doesn’t make her brush her teeth or comb her hair?

“Surrisi’s concise writing explores this universal theme in … a fresh way … Goode’s recognizable pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor, gouache, and pastel suit the humorous and heartfelt story.” (School Library Journal)

C.M. Surrisi

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