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Laura Van Wormer is an American freelance writer and author of mystery, suspense and contemporary romance novels.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Darien, Connecticut, she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she graduated with a BS in Public Communications, and a Minor in English Literature.

After college, Laura worked as a secretary to the editor-in-chief of Doubleday & Company, before later ascending to editor.

A talented storyteller from her time in high school, Laura always knew that she was destined for creative writing, whether in advertising, in a publishing house, a literary agency, or as a TV writer.

Although she wrote books for the popular tv shows DYNASTY by Doubleday, and DALLAS by Lorimar Studios, Laura made her debut as a novelist with Riverside Drive (1988), the first of the Alexandra Chronicles.

Laura—who is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime—currently divides her time between Manhattan and her farmhouse in Meriden, Connecticut.

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Genres: Contemporary , Gay and Lesbian, Mystery, Romance, Suspense

United States


Non Series

  • Knots Landing: The Saga of Seaview Circle (1986)
  • Benedict Canyon (1992)
  • Jury Duty (1996)
  • Just for the Summer (1997)
  • Riverside Park (2009)

Alexandra Chronicles

  1. Riverside Drive (1988)
  2. Alexandra Waring (1989)
  3. Any Given Moment (1995)
  4. Talk (1998)


  1. Dallas: The Complete Ewing Saga (Book Seven) (1985)

Sally Harrington

  1. Expose (1999)
  2. The Last Lover (2000)
  3. Trouble Becomes Her (2001)
  4. The Bad Witness (2002)
  5. The Kill Fee (2003)
  6. Mr. Murder (2006)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Knots Landing: The Saga of Seaview Circle

This book describes the background of each of the characters on the popular television series, and briefly recounts the history of the town.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1986
ISBN: 978-0385236362
Publisher: Doubleday
Benedict Canyon

Kate Watson, editor of a New York publishing company, dedicates herself to salvaging the incomplete autobiography of Lydia Southland, a major television star. 

As their friendship grows, they acknowledge truths about themselves and maintain their integrity, in two very cut-throat industries.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0449148839
Publisher: Fawcett
Jury Duty

Writer Libby Winslow, Wall Street broker William Seymour Klein, ad exec Melissa Grant, builder Alexander McCalley, and eight others find themselves caught up in chaos, emotional upheaval, and the intrigues of jury duty as they struggle to determine the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murder.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-1551661698
Publisher: MIRA
Just for the Summer

Mary Liz Scott, a former investment banker, agrees to help her godmother, the widow of Hollywood producer Alfred Hoffman, inventory his estate, only to realize that the information she has uncovered is responsible for a murder.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-1551664392
Publisher: MIRA
Riverside Park

Along the banks of the Hudson River is one of New York’s premier enclaves, Riverside Park, where up-and-comers rub shoulders with those who have already made it.

Once deliriously happy, Amanda and Howard Stewart now teeter on the brink of infidelity—and financial ruin.

Media titan Cassy Cochran’s storybook marriage hides the secret at the core of her existence.

Beautiful, privileged Celia Cavanaugh’s life is spiraling out of control—and she’s taking a naive teenage boy down with her.

Headstrong single mother Rosanne DiSantos struggled for years to better herself…and now realizes she despises the life she worked so hard to achieve.

Proud father Sam Wyatt refuses to see his family destroyed by an act of desperation—and will do anything to preserve their happiness.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0778326526
Publisher: MIRA

Alexandra Chronicles

Riverside Drive

On Riverside Drive, NYC's most exclusive address, private passions become private affairs and those with everything have everything to lose. Four families, four lives, hidden behind serene facades, harbor terrible secrets and seething passions that engulf lives, loves and friends where the city meets the river, and lives flow together.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1988
ISBN: 978-0312915728
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Alexandra Waring

A popular new TV network called DBS installs its broadcast center in Manhattan's wealthy Upper West Side, and those who work both in front of and behind the cameras try to build their careers amid passion, power, and broken promises.

NB: This book is also known as West End.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1989
Ebook: B00G1RJTKS
Publisher: Author & Company
Any Given Moment

Creighton Berns is a corporate shark who seizes control of one of New York's most distinguished literary agencies, Hillings & Hillings. But Berns didn't expect to be ambushed by the fiercely loyal clients who rally to the Hillings' defense. Together, they work to uncover what Berns is really after and find even their own lives are subject to change--at any given moment.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1995
Ebook: B00MY7IXU6
Publisher: Author & Company

Superstar talk show diva Jessica Wright rules the prime time airwaves until an unknown admirer, who has been leaving her anonymous gifts and intimate notes, turns into a deadly stalker who is watching her every move.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-1551665146
Publisher: MIRA


Dallas: The Complete Ewing Saga (Book Seven)

The official, stunning Dallas biography revealing the guilty secrets and passionate loves of America's most influential family, featuring 24 pages of lavish, full-color photographs, and a selection of never-before published black-and-whites.

NB: Here is the complete list of books in the Dallas Series:

Dallas (1979) by Lee Raintree

Ewings of Dallas (1980) by Burt Hirschfeld

Dallas Family Album (1980) by Robert Masello

The Women of Dallas (1980) by Burt Hirschfeld

Men of Dallas (1981) by Burt Hirschfeld

Who Killed Jock Ewing? (1985) by Robert Tine

Dallas: The Complete Ewing Family Saga (1985) by Laura Van Wormer

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1985
ISBN: 978-0863790799
Publisher: W. H. Allen & Company

Sally Harrington


Sally Harrington was a magazine writer in Los Angeles before returning to her hometown of Castleford, Connecticut, when her mother became ill with cancer. 

Now that her mother is well, Sally is beginning to find her small-town life a bit stifling. She dates her high-school sweetheart and writes for the local paper, where one of her primary assignments is working with local conspiracy theorist and UFO fanatic Pete Sabatino. 

When she stumbles on an opportunity to write a profile of the high-powered TV executive Cassy Cochran for Expectations, a glamorous New York magazine, she jumps at the chance. As Sally attempts to balance her two lives, she finds that the excitement of New York (and her hot new boyfriend) may not be all that she'd hoped for and that life is starting to get interesting back in Castleford. She did, after all, discover a dead body and break the murder story for her paper. 

As Sally unravels the mystery in her hometown, negotiates high-society in New York, and tries to straighten out her love life, she maintains her enthusiasm and good-natured outlook, which are shared by her appreciative audience.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-1551665818
Publisher: MIRA
The Last Lover

Sally Harrington's life as a journalist who splits her time between her hometown newspaper in Castleford, Connecticut, and a national television news network headquartered station in New York has settled into a humdrum rhythm—her career going nowhere and her love life with New York book editor Spencer Hawes having lost much of its initial passion and furor. 

When she joins Spencer for a high-profile party in Los Angeles, she is just hoping to meet Liam Neesom but instead finds herself quickly entangled with Lilliana Martin, a rising star. 

After the party, Lilliana and Spencer mysteriously disappear. Then Lilliana's ex-boyfriend, Cliff Yarlen, a Hollywood union boss, pays Sally a visit at her Connecticut home, and she's soon drawn into a bicoastal murder and Mob-related crime investigation.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2000
Ebook: B01AUW7YGA
Publisher: Author & Company
Trouble Becomes Her

Sally Harrington's back - and this time she's found a dead body in the trunk of her rental car, a lovesick college intern on her doorstep and a group of crazy assassins hot on her heels. And did we mention the mob...

On first blush, things are turning out wonderfully for Sally Harrington: she's landed a dream job at DBS News in New York, her relationship with her old beau, Doug, is showing signs of resurrection. Even her dog, Scotty, seems happy about spending weekdays in Manhattan and weekends back in Connecticut.

But life is about to get complicated. Fast. Sally's the star witness in a sensational Hollywood murder trial and her new boss at DBS is pressuring her to use her "in" to produce a special news series on the case for the network during sweeps week. Though not particularly anxious to antagonize the same mob organization that nearly killed her once already, Sally is determined to testify at the trial and advance her career.

Complete chaos ensues when the news assignment throws Sally back into contact with out-of-control actress Lilliana Martin and Sally's oversexed ex, Spencer Hawes. To make matters worse, her boss, anchorwoman Alexandra Waring, has suddenly disappeared. But when Sally finds a dead body in the trunk of her rental car, a lovesick college intern on her doorstep and a group of crazed assassins hot on her heels, chaos takes on a whole new meaning.

Everyone around Sally is asking her to pretend she didn't see the things she saw or know the things she knows. But Sally is only going to do what Sally thinks is right. Too bad - that's why trouble's never far behind.

Mystery. Mayhem, Men. And women. Welcome to the world of Sally Harrington.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1551669472
Publisher: MIRA
The Bad Witness

Sally Harrington is a bad witness...

Called to testify in the sensational "Mafia Boss Murder" trial unfolding in sunny California, journalist Sally Harrington is a key witness for the defense. Unfortunately, Sally knows more than she'd like to about the accused. After all, the East Coast mobster once tried to have her killed.

But it isn't until Sally's life is threatened once again that things really get interesting. That's when the defense counsel accuses Sally - his own witness - of being more interested in the attractive police officer who's now protecting her than in being a witness.

This is Sally's world - where Sally is making more news than she is reporting. And whether the danger and intrigue involve Hollywood stars or celebrated Mafia dons, Sally Harrington is determined to get to the truth and see that justice is done. Of course, she may just take a few hair-raising and romantic detours along the way...

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-1551667393
Publisher: MIRA
The Kill Fee

Life is never dull for the ever-attractive and impulsive Sally Harrington, but why can't the thirtysomething DBS News producer ever catch a break?

It all starts when Sally's great-uncle Percy discovers he might own some land across the Connecticut border in New York. Sounds kind of interesting, but Sally is sidetracked by a staggering job offer that suddenly makes her the focus of a national publicity campaign, complete with her own set of stalkers in her hometown of Castleford. When Sally finally gets a chance to investigate Uncle Percy's possible land interests, she finds herself right in the middle of an attempted-murder investigation - and she's the prime suspect.

In the meantime, Paul McWilliams, the twenty-five-year-old police officer Sally recently "met" in Southern California, has arrived. He claims he's moved east merely to attend law school, but it's more likely he's made the move to be closer to Sally. And just when Sally decides that she will seriously pursue this relationship - a relationship with a younger man - she meets an older man, a married man, who seems to be falling for her as hard as she fears she's falling for him.

And where, in all this, is Great-Uncle Percy? In danger, that's where, and as Sally dodges bad guys and good guys and boyfriends and impatient TV executives, she enlists the help of an unlikely ally to hide Uncle Percy in Florida. Uncle Percy, Sally learns, has inadvertently tripped up a foreign interest that has a large group of New York land speculators, politicians, lobbyists and organized crime family members on their payroll.

Now it's up to Sally to somehow save her uncle before it's too late.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0778321637
Publisher: MIRA
Mr. Murder

Sally Harrington may be growing up, but she isn't settling down.

Life is taking some interesting turns as the fiercely bright and beautiful Sally Harrington starts her new job anchoring a newscast created just for her: DBS News America This Morning. For most people that would be enough excitement. But not for Sally. She has to be the last person to talk to a jet-setting millionaire who turns up dead shortly after their interview.

Murder isn't the only distraction in Sally's world, though. Her sexual liaison deepens with Paul Fitzwilliam, the twentysomething police officer who followed Sally east from California. And there's still unfinished business with David Waring, the fortysomething married man she sent back to California.

And then suddenly the feds show up when an old acquaintance is left for dead at Sally's home in Castleford, Connecticut. They've connected this attempted murder to the death of Sally's infamous millionaire. And by the time anyone realizes that Sally herself might be the primary target, it may be too late to stop a killer from achieving his ultimate goal.

Author: Laura Van Wormer
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0778324072
Publisher: MIRA