Susan Furlong-Bolliger
Author and Freelance Writer



Coming Soon!  Writing as Lucy Arlington, Susan has penned book number four of A Novel Idea Mystery series.  Watch for Played By the Book releasing from Berkley Prime Crime in February 2015.


Meet Lucy and learn more about the upcoming novel - click here.

Anxious to acquire some killer deals for her on-line resale business, Pippi O’Brien enlists the help of her long-time shopping buddy, Shep Jones. However, they get more than they bargain for when the owner of a local consignment store, The Classy Closet, turns up murdered and Shep becomes the number one suspect. When Shep asks for Pippi’s help to clear his name, she is only too eager to take on the case. Before long, she’s searching for suspects with the same enthusiasm that she uses to scour clearance racks for good deals. Only, she quickly finds out that it’s difficult to maintain a booming resale business while playing detective.

Adding to the stress, Pippi is recruited as a stand-in maid of honor for her cousin’s pending nuptials and soon finds herself stretched tighter than her poor-fitting bridesmaid dress. To make matters worse, wedding bells are also chiming for ex-boyfriend, Detective Sean Panelli, and the uber-possessive Sarah Maloney. Will Pippi be able to keep her cool, nab a killer and perhaps even reclaim her man? Or, will she find herself next on the list of bargains to die for?

Former investment banker, Pippi O'Brien has 
turned to resale merchandising for a living. Now, instead of trading on the Chicago Stock Exchange, she rummages through dumpsters, hits garage sales and peruses consignments shops in search of cast-off treasures to sell on-line … that is when she’s not busy playing detective.

Join Pippi as she stumbles upon the mysterious murder of one of Chicago’s wealthiest suburban socialites and piles up a list of suspects and clues as disorganized as her over-stuffed apartment and as messy as her next trash-to-treasure project.

Short Stories

Larry’s a hardworking Vietnam vet who loves his country and is proud of his small town roots. He’s lived the better part of his life in Booneville, where Old Glory flies proudly over town square, and the Fourth of July is the biggest celebration of the year. Then, the closing of Halport Industries—the town’s economic lifeblood—devastates Booneville’s residents. Families are torn apart, small businesses dry up, and once lively neighborhoods become nothing but rows of abandoned houses. However, when the downturn of the economy threatens the town’s Fourth of July festival, Larry becomes determined to change things. Risking everything, he devises a plan to make the people forget about their problems and restore a sense of pride in their community and their country.

Frank had it all figured out: a few under-the-the table money transfers, a new identity, and a plan to live out his retirement years a self-made man. He would have succeeded too, if it weren’t for an untimely surprise. Instead, he wakes up in a hospital to find that a couple of his coworkers have their own plan.

Surprise Larceny puts a new spin on the old adage--keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. 

It's the Thanksgiving mystery anthology everyone's been dying for!  Untreed Reads  presents a new anthology with a table full of seasoned authors and new voices alike. So make some room for that extra portion of turkey, scarf down another slice of pumpkin pie and make room in the basement for all the dead bodies in this hilarious short story anthology that's destined to become a holiday classic.

Delaney expects it will be difficult to convince her father to leave behind his career as a pro-wrestler and get a normal  job; but what she doesn’t expect is that he’ll be accused of murder in the process.  Will she be able to sort through a cast of quirky characters to find the real murderer, or will she find herself on the wrong side of the ropes?

Upon returning for her father's funeral, Julie finds that not much has changed in her
hometown-including her evil stepmother, Rose. Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her father's death, Julie embarks on her own investigation. She soon finds herself entangled in a mystery with a million dollars at stake and a cast of characters befitting of her hometown's name-Lake Loon. 

Inspector Helmes and his trusty sidekick, Watkins, know they have their work cut out for
them in solving the murder of Paddy O'Toole, the Grand
Leprechaun. However, nothing can prepare them for the strange lineup of
suspects they encounter 
at the annual Holiday Icon Convention.

Bailey isn't too thrilled with the fact that she had to bring a jello salad to her real estate office's
Thanksgiving party, and even less happy when her boss suddenly drops dead after eating it. When the police arrive to investigate,  Bailey soon finds that the world of
selling houses is a LOT more cutthroat than even she had realized.

Maureen is facing the prospect of a depressing Christmas after her husband Bob loses his job
and she's forced to clean hotel rooms. When Bob's former boss is murdered, she thinks there's a chance that the couple's luck has changed. Unfortunately, for Maureen, her luck just got a lot worse.


I'm a freelance writer and mystery author.  Here you will find news about my publications, upcoming events, and links to my most recent stories.  I hope you'll browse my site and check out my publications page. Feel free to contact me via my Contact Me page — I'd love to hear from you!

Represented by: Jessica Faust of BookEnds, LLC

Susan receives two offers from Berkley Prime Crime! The first is for books #4 and #5 of
A Novel Idea Mysteries—writing as Lucy Arlington.   Learn more about Lucy Arlington and the series - click here.

The second is a three book offer for a new series titled 
The Georgia Peach Mysteries—writing as Susan Furlong.

A New Woman’s World Mystery Coming Soon! Watch for A Recipe for Crime in Issue #27 (June 26th)

Two New Short Stories at Over My Dead Body! Magazine—Coming in June: Half-Baked in Fairview and Far From Fairview.

Dru at Dru's Book Musings
calls Murder on Consignment a page-turner! - click here

MaMa's Book Corner
loves Murder for Bid and gives a great review! - click here 

Get to know Pippi from Murder for Bid in the blog post Chillin' with Phillipena on Dru's Book Musings - click here

Available Now!

Murder on Consignment - Martin Sisters Publishing
Murder for Bid -
Martin Sisters Publishing

The Sheriff Marge Crump Mysteries (solve-it-yourself mini mysteries) - Over My Dead Body! magazine

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