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)

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Mystery Most Theatrical, An Anthology

Read my short story “You Know How Actresses Are” in this anthology of mystery stories for adult readers, #15 in the Malice Domestic series created by Ellen Hart, along with the contributions of 25 other authors.

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MinneSOTA Not So Nice, An Anthology

I’ve contributed “The Bequest” to this anthology of mystery stories for adult readers, exploring the concept of “Minnesota Nice” and why bad behavior sometimes has its own rewards.

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C.M. Surrisi

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