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Katherine Neville is an American multiple award-winning New York Times, USA Today & #1 Internationally bestselling author of mystery and adventure novels. She also has some paranormal romance works.

Born in the Midwest, she had a two-decade-long career in data processing, particularly in the fields of energy and transportation, that saw her live and work in seven countries, three continents, and half the states in the US.

Katherine also had stints as a busboy, waiter, fashion model, commercial photographer, and professional artist.

At the time of publishing The Eight (1988), her debut novel and first installment of the Montglane Service Series, Katherine had already left her career in data processing for one in fiction writing.

The recipient of multiple accolades, including The Silver Nautilus Award and The Turkish Cultural Ministry: Medallion of Merit, her books have been translated into 40 languages, becoming bestsellers all over the world.

The co-creator and sponsor of two international Library Awards, Katherine currently divides her time between her homes in Washington, DC and Virginia.

More about Katherine Neville

Genres: Mystery, Paranormal , Romance

Born: 1945

United States


Non Series

  • A Calculated Risk (1992)
  • The Magic Circle (1998)
  • I'd Kill for That (2004)


  1. The Haunted West, Volume 1 (2018)

Montglane Service

  1. The Eight (1988)
  2. The Fire (2008)


  1. The Tuesday Club (2017)

Omnibus Books

  1. A Calculated Risk / The Eight / The Magic Circle (2018)
Montglane Service

Detailed book overview

Non Series

A Calculated Risk

Verity Banks is the one of the most powerful women in finance, but she still reports to a man. Her boss not only refuses to implement her security plan to safeguard customers’ deposits, he also sabotages her shot at becoming director of security at the Federal Reserve. Outraged, Verity decides to take revenge by hitting her boss where it will hurt the most: right in his company’s balance sheet. She is about to begin her assault when she hears from the last person she ever expected to see again, Zoltan Tor.

A brilliant computer scientist who taught Verity everything she knows, Zoltan will help her if she agrees to an outlandish wager: Which of them can steal $1 billion, invest it to make $30 million in three months, and return it before anyone notices? Verity can use a computer; Zoltan will do it the old-fashioned way. To beat Zoltan at his own game, Verity will risk her fortune, her professional reputation—and her life.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0345386823
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Magic Circle

A female scientist races to save the world using prophecies from before Christ’s.

In the last week of Jesus’s life, the Emperor Augustus orders the purge of all prophecies that question his divine power. Thus, in the crater of a dormant volcano, the books of the Sibylline oracle are sealed—lost to the world until the nineteenth century when Clio, a brilliant archaeologist, discovers them. The Sibyl’s words remain as potent as ever, having the ability to change the destiny of mankind. But who will be bold enough to harness their power?

More than a century after their discovery, some of the secret prophecies fall into the hands of nuclear scientist Ariel Behn when her beloved cousin is assassinated. If Ariel can discover the mystery behind the prophecies, she will be able to prevent a potentially worldwide catastrophe—but in order to do so she must travel to Russia, Vienna, and Paris where too many people are desperate to protect the secrets of these ancient writings.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0330361293
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
I'd Kill for That

On the banks of the Truxton River lies Gryphon's Gate, a gated community built by Henry Drysdale where the rich and privileged live, work and play. Tempers flare when Henry's ex decides to develop the adjoining land and environmentalists, developers, residents and the media clash. 

Then the violence turns ugly--a dead body is found on the golf course and Detective Diane Robards is called in to investigate. Diane's efforts are thwarted at every turn and as she uncovers the secrets behind the serene facade of Gryphon's Gate, she races against the clock to unmask a ruthless killer.

Featuring contributions from Gayle Lynds, Rita Mae Brown, Lisa Gardner, Linda Fairstein, Kay Hooper, Kathy Reichs, Julie Smith, Heather Graham, Jennifer Crusie, Tina Wainscott, Anne Perry and Katherine Neville.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 2004
Ebook: B00ANI9FYQ
Publisher: Minotaur Books


The Haunted West, Volume 1

In this two volume collection, written especially for RT Booklovers Presents: The Haunted West, best-selling and award-winning authors take you on a time-traveling, spellbinding journey through America's sprawling West.

Over twenty all new tales, both contemporary and historical, weave a web of mystery, the supernatural, and romance. Join us for a passionate tour of the West, accompanied by ghosts, witches, shapeshifters, time-travelers, vampires, and a glimpse into the afterlife.

Fall in the Haunted West.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0999788325
Publisher: 13Thirty Books

Montglane Service

The Eight

A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. 

To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.

Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 1988
ISBN: 978-0345419088
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Fire

2003, Colorado: Alexandra Solarin is summoned home to her family’s ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother’s birthday. Thirty years ago, her parents, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed that they had scattered the pieces of the Montglane Service around the world, burying with them the secrets of the power that comes with possessing it. But Alexandra arrives to find that her mother is missing and that a series of strategically placed clues, followed swiftly by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious assortment of houseguests, indicates that something sinister is afoot.

When she inadvertently discovers from her aunt, the chess grandmaster Lily Rad, that the most powerful piece of Charlemagne’s service has suddenly resurfaced and the Game has begun again, Alexandra is swept into a journey that takes her from Colorado to the Russian wilderness and at last into the heart of her own hometown: Washington D.C.

1822, Albania: Thirty years after the French Revolution, when the chess service was unearthed, all of Europe hovers on the brink of the War of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the most powerful ruler in the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is about to be attacked by Turkish forces. Now he sends the only person he can rely upon–his young daughter, Haidee–on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania, through the mountains and over the sea, to the hands of the one man who might be able to save it.

Haidee’s journey from Albania to Morocco to Rome to Greece, and into the very heart of the Game, will result in revelations about the powerful chess set and its history that will lead at last to the spot where the service was first created more than one thousand years before: Baghdad.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0345500687
Publisher: Ballantine Books


The Tuesday Club

In this historical Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Katherine Neville deals with a little known fact about Benjamin Franklin. Franklin had an obsessive penchant for creating and joining private clubs, none of which was more enigmatic than the Lodge of the Nine Sisters and its founder, Mme Helvetius, one of the wealthiest and most beautiful women in France. 

When an encoded message from Scotland arrives at her home, Helvetius sets out in disguise to deliver it to Benjamin Franklin, who she knows will be able to decipher its hidden meaning. As luck would have it, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are in France at the time. What transpires is a lesson in the cryptography of the time and a warning of an impending chaos that may threaten the fledgling United States of America.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B076H43678
Publisher: MIRA

Omnibus Books

A Calculated Risk / The Eight / The Magic Circle

A Calculated Risk: In this New York Times Notable Book, computer expert Verity Banks is the one of the most powerful women in finance and has a shot at becoming director of security at the Federal Reserve. When her boss sabotages her career ambitions, Verity decides to get revenge by targeting the company’s balance sheet. Her old mentor, Zoltan Tor, will help her, but only if Verity agrees to an outlandish and dangerous wager. To beat both Zoltan and her boss, Verity must risk her professional reputation—and her very life.

The Eight: In sweeping parallel stories set in the 1970s and the 1790s, Catherine Velis, a computer expert, and Mireille and Valentine, novices in an abbey during the French Revolution, must prevent a legendary chess set containing secret powers from falling into the wrong hands.

The Magic Circle: Suddenly in possession of a mysterious cache of medieval manuscripts that have the power to alter the destiny of humankind, nuclear scientist Ariel Behn is swept into the deadly center of international intrigue—and a mystery that dates back to the time of Christ—as she races to prevent a worldwide catastrophe in this USA Today bestseller.

Author: Katherine Neville
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07CMHC2J1
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller