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Kate White is an American award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of suspense novels.

Born in 1951, she attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1972.

A former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Kate is now a regular speaker at libraries and conferences where she enjoys sharing her remarkable journey from magazine editor to suspense novelist.

Kate, whose books have been published in 15 other countries, currently lives in New York City.

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Genres: Mystery, Non-fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

United States


Non Series

  • Hush (2010)
  • The Sixes (2011)
  • Eyes on You (2014)
  • The Wrong Man (2015)
  • The Secrets You Keep (2017)
  • Have You Seen Me? (2020)
  • The Fiancee (2021)
  • The Second Husband (2022)
  • Between Two Strangers (2023)

Bailey Weggins Mysteries Series

  1. If Looks Could Kill (2002)
  2. A Body to Die For (2003)
  3. ‘Till Death Do Us Part (2004)
  4. Over Her Dead Body (2005)
  5. Lethally Blond (2007)
  6. So Pretty It Hurts (2012)
  7. Even If It Kills Her (2017)
  8. Such a Perfect Wife (2019)


  1. How to Set His Thighs on Fire: 86 Red-Hot Lessons on Love, Life, Men, and (Especially) Sex (2006)
  2. You On Top: Smart, Sexy Skills Every Woman Needs to Set the World on Fire (2007)
  3. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve (2012)
  4. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Nothing seems to be going right for Lake Warren. Having separated from her ex-husband just four months ago, Jack is now suing for full custody of their two kids.

Although she loves working as a marketing consultant for the Advanced Fertility Center, things get worse for Lake after she discovers the lifeless body of her workmate, Dr. Keaton, the morning after their one-night stand.

Determined not to endanger her custody case, Lake is forced to lie to the authorities.

Upon launching her own quest for the truth, Lake soon begins to unravel shadowy secrets about Keaton and the clinic.

But is it too late to stop what she has already began?

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0061576652
Publisher: Harper Perennial
The Sixes

Phoebe Hall’s life in Manhattan is falling apart.

Her boyfriend has just ended their long-term relationship while her latest bestselling celebrity biography has come under huge criticisms of plagiarism.

Desperate to get away and rebuild, she accepts an offer to teach at a small private college in Pennsylvania town; an institution run by her old boarding school friend, Glenda Johns.

When the body of a female student is however discovered from the nearby river, dark secrets begin unraveling.

And as she begins her search for the truth, Phoebe will soon realize that starting over can attract the fangs of death.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0061576676
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Eyes on You

Television host Robin Trainer has clawed her way back to the top just two years after losing her on-air job.

With her new show gaining traction and her debut book going all the way to becoming a bestseller, everything seems to be going well for Robin—until strange incidences start unfolding.

Even more threatening is the fact that the actions steadily become bolder and more dangerous.

Someone, as it were, is out to hurt her, and the clues suggest that it’s a person she works with on a daily basis.

And from the look of things, that adversary won’t stop until Robin loses everything—including her life.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062196903
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Wrong Man

Kit Finn runs a boutique interior design firm in Manhattan.

Daring and adventurous, she makes good on her vow to do something risky while on vacation in the Florida Keys; one involving a delightful stranger at her hotel.

Upon returning to New York, Kit heads to the man’s luxury apartment—willing to reignite what they began in Keys—when she comes across a strange man she barely recognizes.

Caught up in a dangerous plot, she has to unmask the man’s true identity or risk losing everything she loves.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062350657
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Secrets You Keep

Accomplished self published author Bryn Harper has a lot on her plate.

Still reeling from an unfortunate car accident that has left her with terrifying repetitive nightmares, Bryn has a strange feeling that her dreams contain a warning.

At first, her husband, Guy, was very supportive. But as time progresses and they move into a new house, Guy grows more distant and secretive.

When a woman hired to cater their dinner party is viciously murdered, and the dead body of another woman is soon discovered in town, Bryn realizes that she must rally up her old strength and uncover the killer before it’s too late.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062448859
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Have You Seen Me?

Upon arriving at her office in Manhattan rain soaked one morning, finance journalist Ally Linden realizes that she forgot to carry her keycard.

But when her boss arrives, Ally is terrified to learn that she hasn’t worked there in five years.

Although she vividly recalls her name, Ally doesn’t remember anything about what transpired over the last forty-eight hours.

A trip to the psychiatric ER however helps her untangle a few important facts such as where she lives, what she does and who she is married to.

And as she begins to piece together the missing events, Ally realizes that someone is out silence her, and she must outwit the person if she wants to stay alive.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062747471
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Fiancee

They had everything they needed for a perfect family vacation: close-knit relatives, a bucolic setting...and a murderer in their midst?

Summer’s looking forward to a break from hustling for acting work in Manhattan when she, her husband Gabe, and Gabe’s nine-year-old son arrive at the annual family get-together at her in-laws’ sprawling estate. On the agenda are leisurely gourmet meals, tennis matches, and plenty of relaxation by the pool.

But this year, Gabe’s brother Nick has invited his new flame Hannah, whom Summer immediately recognizes from a few years before. Oddly, her brother-in-law’s girlfriend claims not to know her. Yet she charms the other family members, and after Nick announces that he’s proposed to Hannah, Summer doesn’t have much choice but to grin and bear it.

Then the reunion is rocked by tragedy when a family member is found dead. Though the doctors attribute the loss to natural causes, a grieving Summer fears that the too-good-to-be-true Hannah is involved, even as Gabe dismisses her suspicions.

How far will Summer go to expose the truth? As she investigates just what Nick’s fiancée might have done to keep her perfect image intact, she begins to fear that the first death might only be the beginning...

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0062945419
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Second Husband

After losing her husband, Derrick, in what appears to have been a random street crime, thirtysomething Emma has built a new life with widower Tom, who is kind, handsome, driven, and successful. Emma is finally able to feel safe again, both in her relationship with Tom and in the home they've made together on the Connecticut shore.

Then one day a homicide detective shows up at Emma and Tom’s door asking questions. Though Emma had been cleared of her husband’s murder, it appears that law enforcement is taking another look at her and the case.

What do they know? Are they on the right track this time? And most importantly, will the renewed investigation ruin Emma’s chances of a happy life?

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0062945457
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Between Two Strangers

A woman receives a bewildering inheritance that may have something to do with her past.

Struggling artist Skyler Moore is flabbergasted when she receives a suspicious phone call from a lawyer she’s never met regarding a “private matter.” As soon as she arrives at the law firm’s office, she learns she’s the recipient of a large inheritance, a life-changing sum that will allow her to realize her long-held dream of becoming a mother. But who was her benefactor, Christopher Whaley? The late man’s name means nothing to Skyler, and she has no idea why he would leave her such an enormous bequest.

Looking into his background, Skyler finally realizes they met once at a hotel bar and shared a one-night stand. But they never exchanged numbers, or even last names, and that was over a decade ago. She wonders if the inheritance is meant to be a message of some kind, but can’t imagine what it might be.

Chris’ family is confused and suspicious too, and his widow accuses Skyler of having an affair with her late husband, then threatens revenge. In order to protect herself, Skyler has to understand the reason the money was left to her. But as she digs for the truth, it becomes clear that Chris Whaley might have taken other secrets to the grave, ones that could have terrifying consequences for her . . .

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0063247369
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Bailey Weggins Mysteries Series

If Looks Could Kill

Thirtysomething year old Bailey Weggins is a single (not for the first time) true-crime writer for a top Manhattan women’s magazine. Sharp and shrewd, she has a thing for uncovering the truth behind a story, especially those revolving around murder.

When she stops by her boss’s apartment, Bailey is shocked to learn that the family’s young nanny died after taking a poison chocolate truffle.

Was the poison meant for her boss, Cat Jones?

As she endeavors to solve the mystery, Bailey will soon realize that the case is more dangerous and complicated than she could have possibly imagined.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0446617697
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
A Body to Die For

True-crime writer Bailey Weggins could certainly use some R & R especially after her last adventure.

So when she is invited for a free weekend getaway by an old family friend, Bailey gladly leaves Manhattan for the refined mid-19th-century hideaway in the Massachusetts country.

Despite having a replenishing time at luxurious the Cedar Inn, Bailey’s momentary escape is soon disrupted when she comes across a corpse wrapped like a mummy in a treatment room.

Although she wasn’t expecting to come across anyone other than socialites, the true-crime writer now finds herself with a list of dirty suspects ranging from a rejected lover, to a questionable husband, and a group of employees evidently hiding something.

Throw in a sexy homicide detective and things get even more complicated for the reporter.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2003
Ebook: B000FBF89W
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
‘Till Death Do Us Part

When true-crime writer Bailey Weggins receives a call from Ashley Hanes on a cold January night, she knows she isn’t ready to do the trust-fund baby any fashion favors.

It turns out that everyone in town is talking about Peyton Cross, Bailey’s former college roommate and Martha Stewart wannabe, after two of her bridesmaids recently died under mysterious circumstances.

With her interest triggered, Bailey leaves her new boyfriend in Manhattan and drives to the beautiful Ivy Hill Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, to untangle the mystery.

But when Ashley becomes the third victim and Bailey is soon attacked by a mysterious assailant, the stakes become even higher for the sometime-sleuth.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2004
Ebook: B000FC1MO6
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Over Her Dead Body

Despite losing her job at one New York magazine, the sharp and savvy Bailey Weggin is soon hired by another in just a matter of days.

From a young celebrity who was caught fitting Fendi purses down her pants, to the aging macho who shot his lover, Bailey’s new job at Buzz has her covering exciting celebrity crime.

When she however finds her boss, Mona Hodges, struggling with her last breath after being hit with a blunt object, the true-crime writer knows she has a mystery to solve.

Having bulldozed her way to the top as a ruthless tyrant, Mona made a number of enemies along the way.

But what happens when one of the suspects turns out to be one of Bailey’s closest friends?

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0446619325
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Lethally Blond

True-crime Bailey Weggins covers all the celebrity gossip for Buzz magazine.

Morgue, a new overly hyped TV show, has just begun shooting in Manhattan.

When Bailey receives a phone call from Chris Wickersham, the show’s sexy star, it’s not to revive their fling but rather report a missing person’s case.

Tom, a friend of his who works for the show, has gone missing right before the show premieres.

Upon investigating the disappearance, Bailey realizes that there is a lot more to the case than she previously imagined.

And it doesn’t take long before she finds herself at the centre a killer story, in the line of fire and in action between the sheets.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0446196901
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
So Pretty It Hurts

True-crime journalist Bailey Weggins desperately needs some time out, given her busy schedule with her job, her freelance work and her struggling book.

So when her boyfriend, Beau Regan, leaves town, she accepts an invitation from an old office friend to have a getaway weekend at the house of music mogul in upstate New York.

Despite being filled with elegant journalists, models, and the incredibly famous, a weird sense of uneasiness rocks the place.

When the lifeless body of supermodel Devon Barr is discovered, Bailey knows her R&R is over.

But when evidence mysteriously disappears from the crime scene, the sassy amateur investigator knows she has a moving target to catch.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062196910
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Even If It Kills Her

Gorgeous and successful, Jillian Lowe seemed to have it all.

Everything however changed during her second year of college when her parents and two siblings were viciously murdered—something that nearly destroyed her future.

When she however finds out sixteen years later that the man convicted for the crime didn’t actually do it, Jillian can’t help but tremble at the thought of the real killer walking scot-free.

Desperate for justice, she enlists the help of Bailey Weggins, a true-crime writer who so happens to be her old friend from college.

Nevertheless, the two women will soon learn that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062448873
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Such a Perfect Wife

It’s a beautiful sunny morning in late September.

Shannon Blaine, a gorgeous wife and mother of two, leaves for her routine jog along the roads not far from her home in Lake George, New York. It’s an activity that she normally does after dropping the kids at school.

The only difference this time round is that she doesn’t return.

Is it true that her husband doesn’t know where she is?

Could Shannon have decided to walk away, having been overburdened by the pressures of life? Or could she have been the victim of a sexual predator?

True-crime writer Bailey Weggins will uncover a horrifying truth.

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062747495
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks


How to Set His Thighs on Fire: 86 Red-Hot Lessons on Love, Life, Men, and (Especially) Sex

This hip and witty guide to life by "Cosmopolitan" editor-in-chief and "New York Times" bestselling author, Kate White, is something that will be enjoyed by readers who love Helen Gurley Brown's classic, "Sex and the Single Girl".

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0446577977
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
You On Top: Smart, Sexy Skills Every Woman Needs to Set the World on Fire

This hip and witty guide to life by "Cosmopolitan" editor-in-chief and "New York Times" bestselling author, Kate White, is something that will be enjoyed by readers who love Helen Gurley Brown's classic, "Sex and the Single Girl".

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0446695527
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve

Have you just settled into the cubicle at your first job and haven’t got a clue how to achieve the success that you so desperately desire? Or have you got a cute tiny office but aren’t sure what you require to elevate your career? Then this guide is exactly what you need.

It’s full of insider strategies, interviews with leading women who have accomplished a lot professionally, and words of wisdom from the author’s very own career running five major magazines, including Cosmopolitan for nearly a decade and a half.

Kate certainly knows how to:

Secure your dream job for the money you want
Use “bitch envy” to your advantage
Radiate confidence and become the source of enthusiasm
Excel in your new role without becoming a victim of Sudden Promotion Syndrome
Unlock the legend in you and manage people well

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062122100
Publisher: Harper Business
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For

From hard-boiled breakfasts to cozy desserts, this illustrated cookbook contains over 100 recipes from renowned mystery authors.

So whether you're planning a wicked dinner party or just preparing food for the ideal day of writing, this cookbook will perfectly suit your needs.

Some of the recipes included here are:

Harlan Coben’s Myron’s Crabmeat Dip
Mary Higgins Clark’s Celebratory Giants Game Night Chili
Nelson DeMille’s Male Chauvinist Pigs in a Blanket
Gillian Flynn’s Beef Skillet Fiesta
Lee Child’s Coffee, Pot of One
Charlaine Harris’s Very Unsophisticated Supper Dip
Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone’s Famous Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich
Louise Penny’s Madame Benoît’s Tourtière
Scott Turow’s Innocent Frittata
James Patterson’s Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake

Author: Kate White
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00N6PBELA
Publisher: Quirk Books