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The author of six novels and two nonfiction books. all of which have a legal angle due to her justice career .

Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the author of six novels and two nonfiction books, all of which are related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with murder, kidnapping, incest, stalking, child support, child custody, and divorce. Prior thereto, she practiced law for nine years, spending much of her time in the courtroom. While in law school, she worked as a probation officer.

Susan’s father was a lawyer and a judge. She remembers him parking the family outside the old county jail while he went in to make bail bonds. She'd stare out the window at the broken glass lining the tops of the walls to prevent escapes and wonder what the jail was like inside. Later, as a probation officer and then an attorney, she became quite familiar with the interior of the jail but luckily could leave whenever she wanted.

Susan is a member of Women Fiction Writers Association, Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, Writers League of Texas, and Galveston Novel and Short Story Writers.

She has two children, eight grandchildren, and lives in Texas. She loves dark chocolate, raspberries, and traveling around the world. An anglophile, she likes to visit cousins in England and Australia (her mother was a British war bride). On her bucket list are a trip to New Zealand, a long trip back to Australia, living in England for several months at a time, visiting all the presidential libraries in the U.S., and driving Route 66.


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Death of a Prince
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FINALIST for Writer's League of Texas Violet Crown Award "Baker has crafted a refreshingly straightforward whodunit. Multiple sleuths on parallel tracks, one breezy, one brassy, add spice.” Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Review 20050201) "...This entertaining legal thriller grips the reader..." I Love A Mystery Newsletter. Criminal defense attorney Sandra Salinsky is hired to defend the killer of plaintiffs' attorney Phillip Parker. Salinsky and her mother, Erma Townley, not only are law partners but...

Ledbetter Street
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LEDBETTER STREET Though there are few circumstances where a mother might be able to regain custody of a child she surrendered for adoption, Marian Reid, the proprietor of Reid's Ritzy Rags, a pre-owned clothing shop on Ledbetter Street in Galveston, Texas, is in just such a situation. Years after Marian's mother forced her to give up her child, Marian searched and found her son in foster care, dumped by adoptive parents, because he was autistic. Marian fought for him, but after hearing from...

Murder and Madness, No. 3 In the Mavis Davis Mystery Series
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When P.I. Mavis Davis takes on the grisly ax murder of a cruise ship captain in Galveston, Texas, she wades right into the middle of an open investigation, navigating the island from one end to the other, searching for answers to five-year-old questions. Faced with a terminally ill client, Mavis must find the perpetrator fast or her client will go to her grave heartbroken that her brother’s killing remains a mystery.

Murdered Judges of the 20th Century
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Although there have been individual books published about famous murder cases ranging from serial killers, mass murderers and more . . . ."Murdered Judges of the Twentieth Century" is the first collection of its kind. Susan P. Baker started this project because she was concerned with the prevalence of violence in American courthouses in the 1980s and 1990s. She had always thought of a courthouse as a safe haven, a place where one came to resolve one's differences through peaceful means, a...

Suggestion of Death
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Jim Dorman, a laid off newspaperman in the Texas hill country, can’t pay his child support. He's summoned to court for nonsupport and the first thing the judge does is read a Suggestion of Death into the record for a man who was supposed to appear that day. She tells the next man that his children would be better off if he were dead. When Jim steps up for his turn, the judge tells him to get a job or go to jail. At his next court appearance the judge reads another Suggestion of Death into the...

Texas Style Justice
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Devastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the...

The Sweet Scent of Murder, No. 2 in the Mavis Davis Mystery Series
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"Mavis is a strong and resourceful protagonist, and Baker is a strong and resourceful writer. They make a good team." David Pitt. ALA "Easy read - didn't want it to end. Laughed out loud some times! Get it - you won't be sorry." Debbie Vassallo, a reader. Private Investigator Mavis Davis starts out searching for a missing girl as a favor to wacky Candy Finklestein, her half-day, high school worker, but the search soon becomes a search for a kidnapper and murderer when the missing girl's...

Unaware
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What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Frustrated with the two controlling men in her life, Dena Barlow Armstrong has outlined a rosy future for herself and her children, independent of them. Her husband, Zack, constantly pushes her to turn over her inheritance to him, and when she doesn’t, he punishes her with his indifference. Her law partner and cousin, Lucas, controls her money and the types of cases she accepts. Just as Dena begins to achieve her goal of independence, someone emerges with very...