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Susan Hunter is an American author of mystery, suspense and thriller novels.

Best known for writing the Leah Nash Mysteries, Susan has worked as a reporter and managing editor of a small daily newspaper.

She has also worked in a publications and marketing department at a university, where she perfected her skills of appearing engaged in academic meetings, whilst internally creating her grocery list.

Besides that, she also taught a few English composition classes.

Susan, who is exceedingly extroverted, currently lives in rural Michigan with her beloved husband Gary.

Some of her hobbies include reading, watching classic films, eating chocolate chip cookies, enjoying occasional walks, holding sarcastic conversations with old friends and family, and answering emails from her readers.

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Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

United States


Leah Nash Mysteries

  1. Dangerous Dreams: A Leah Nash Prequel Novella (2020)
  2. Dangerous Habits (2014)
  3. Dangerous Mistakes (2015)
  4. Dangerous Places (2016)
  5. Dangerous Secrets (2017)
  6. Dangerous Flaws (2018)
  7. Dangerous Ground (2019)
  8. Dangerous Pursuits (2020)
  9. Dangerous Waters (2021)
  10. Dangerous Deception (2022)
  11. Dangerous Choices (2023)

Detailed book overview

Leah Nash Mysteries

Dangerous Dreams: A Leah Nash Prequel Novella

A young Leah Nash chases down stories for her fledgling newspaper… and witnesses a shocking crime in the making. Join Leah as she tackles her very first mystery with her signature flair and tenacity.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1951249663
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Habits

No secret stays buried forever.

When a torrential rainstorm uncovers a hidden corpse, small-town reporter Leah Nash is called in to cover the story.

The body is identified as Sister Mattea Riordan. Leah knew her. She was a nun who worked as an administrator at DeMoss Academy, the local school for troubled kids. The same school that Leah’s sister Lacey attended when she died in a tragic accident five years earlier.

The property at DeMoss Academy includes a large woods and a stretch of bluffs high above the Himmel River. Investigators think it was from this location that Sister Mattea plunged to her death and drowned.

But that’s not the shocking part.

Just before she died, Sister Mattea sent Leah a cryptic message. And it had something to do with Leah’s sister...

What if Lacey’s death wasn’t an accident? What if it was a murder?

What if that same person killed Sister Mattea to cover their misdeeds?

That would mean the killer is still out there.

Now Leah is determined to uncover the truth.

Even if the killer comes after her next...

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1951249656
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Mistakes

A Small Town Death Looks Like Suicide—to Everyone But Reporter Leah Nash.

Leah Nash is trying to keep her head down under the icy glare of her new boss at the Himmel Times Weekly. Then a local surgeon commits suicide, but his daughter insists he was murdered. Hard-headed Leah has a soft spot for lost causes. She steps in, and is soon hunting a cunning killer who has no intention of stopping.

Neither does Leah.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1951249670
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Places

Vanished without a trace.

Teenager Heather Young disappears from the small town of Himmel, Wisconsin. Everyone believes her boyfriend killed her, but no one can prove it.

Twenty years later, Leah Nash is pulled into the cold case by an old friend.

She finds the answer—and the shocking truth shatters her world.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1951249687
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Secrets

Online dating can be murder...

A website that matches sugar daddies with college-age sugar babies is a major moneymaker for the woman who created it. Until a blackmail scandal erupts and the owner winds up murdered—in the home of Himmel Times reporter Miguel Santos. Miguel has no connection to the victim—but it turns out a close family member does. When his uncle is arrested for murder, Miguel turns to crime writer Leah Nash for help. She soon learns that the owner of the site had links to several residents of small-town Himmel, Wisconsin, with secrets to hide.

Leah finds plenty of leads—and alienates a few people as she investigates—but she can’t see the pattern that weaves them all together. Until an unexpected second murder and an equally unexpected ally give her a flash of insight. When the clues finally fall into place, Leah uses all her courage and quick-thinking in a tense climax that reveals that she’s been keeping a few things secret from herself.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1951249694
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Flaws

A chilling murder shocks a small Wisconsin town...

True crime writer Leah Nash is stunned when police investigating the murder of a beautiful young college professor focus on her ex-husband Nick. Leah has no illusions about her ex, but despite his flaws, she just can’t see him as a killer. Reluctantly, she agrees to help Nick’s attorney prove that he isn’t.

But Nick’s lies make it hard to find the truth, and when a damning piece of evidence surfaces, Leah plunges into doubt. Is she defending an innocent man or helping a murderer escape? She pushes on to find out, uncovering hidden motives and getting hit by twists she never saw coming. Leah’s own flaws impede her search for the truth. When she finds it, will it be too late to prevent a devastating confrontation?

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1951249700
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Ground

The town’s golden boy is murdered while returning for his high school reunion, and Leah Nash finds no shortage of suspects—or secrets.

Almost everyone in town is anxious to connect with actor Ryan Malloy when he returns to Wisconsin for his 15-year high school reunion.

Crime writer Leah Nash doesn’t have many fond memories of Himmel High’s favorite son. And when he turns up dead on reunion night, Leah realizes that she’s not the only one who feels that way...

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1951249632
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Pursuits

The smallest towns sometimes hold the deadliest secrets.

But the smallest clues can sometimes blow a case wide open.

A pair of fancy red stiletto heels is found in a Wisconsin cornfield.

The strangled body of a shoeless young woman in a red sequined cocktail dress is discovered the next day in a wood miles away.

That’s the start of a twisty, tangled crime that sends author and struggling newspaper owner Leah Nash in pursuit of a cold-blooded killer.

As a dancer at the local strip club the dead girl had ties to several prominent men who are anxious to remain secret. A naïve club bouncer was in love with her. She had a fling with a small-time conman. The list of potential murder suspects is growing by the minute.

Convinced that the police are after the wrong man, Leah and her overeager new reporter, Troy, dive headlong into the investigation.

But the killer’s identity is a moving target. Witnesses lie, suspects won’t talk, suspicions rise, distrust is sown as the murderer manipulates events behind the scenes. Everyone has secrets to conceal—some criminal, some shameful, some both.

And when a suspicious accident threatens to derail the investigation, Leah realizes that someone will do anything to keep their secrets safe.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1648750335
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Waters

True-crime writer Leah Nash is reluctantly drawn into a modern family drama with a very old story to tell.

Bryan Crawford’s murder is the perfect crime: no witness, no weapon, no indication that his death is anything other than the result of diabetes complications.

That’s what the medical examiner says.

That’s what the autopsy proves.

And that’s what the killer is counting on.

But when new evidence surfaces, crime writer Leah Nash is pulled into the investigation, and all bets are off.

Leah quickly zeroes in on the dysfunctional dynamics of the Crawford family. Beneath the happy fable they tell the world lies a dark tale of jealousy, greed, and revenge.

Bryan’s wife, his daughter, his sister, and his stepson each have secrets to hide. Every one of them have reasons to want Bryan dead. And they are all going to great lengths to keep Leah from the truth.

Then Leah makes a shocking discovery, and is propelled into a confrontation with the killer. It’s a fight she must win to save someone she loves. But time is running out. As raging flood waters surge forward, Leah acts. The consequences will change her life forever...and you will never guess how.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1648751301
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Deception

Leah Nash uncovers a tangled web of deception, delusion and obsession—with a dead police captain caught right in the center.

The murder of police captain Rob Porter sends shockwaves through the small town of Himmel. And when a member of Rob's own department is arrested for the crime, everyone is stunned.

But journalist Leah Nash isn't buying it.

To her, the motive isn't plausible, the evidence is thin, and the investigation smacks of an overconfident detective eager to solve a high-profile murder. So when Leah's asked to do some digging for the defense, she jumps at the chance.

Leah starts tugging at a few loose threads in the case and discovers that Rob Porter was keeping some very ugly secrets—and not just his own.

As she nears the truth in a twisting tale of ulterior motives and long-buried guilt, a killer with everything to lose will do anything to stay hidden.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1648752315
Publisher: Severn River Publishing
Dangerous Choices

Two can keep a secret...if one of them is dead.

Three children entered the woods; just two returned. And they are the only ones who know what happened to their friend. The secret they carry echoes down the years until it becomes too much for one of them to bear. But the attempt to set things right goes horribly wrong.

Exactly how wrong is what Leah Nash, a journalist with trust issues and a compulsion to find the truth, aims to discover. Leah is rocked by the seemingly senseless present-day murder of someone very close to her. Driven by her principles and fueled by personal grief, she follows a strange trail of clues that lead her to a dark past.

A past where the answer—and the killer—await.

Author: Susan Hunter
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B61YGHNY
Publisher: Severn River Publishing