All of Merry’s work deals with inter-personal relationships, particularly their unanticipated aspects. For several years, she approached this topic through light humor (including the best-selling I LOVE HIM, BUT…) and serious non-fiction (including BIRTHMOTHERS: WOMEN WHO HAVE RELINQUISHED BABIES FOR ADOPTION TELL THEIR STORIES). Now, she has moved into a genre she loves: shadowy mysteries. Merry’s most recent work is SUMMER SESSION, the first in a series of thrilling suspense novels featuring heroine Harper Jennings, an Iraq war veteran living in Ithaca, New York. Its sequel, BEHIND THE WALLS, will be out in winter 2011-12. She has also written the popular Philadelphia-based Zoe Hayes mysteries, including THE NANNY MURDERS (2005), THE RIVER KILLINGS (2006), THE DEADLY NEIGHBORS (2007) and, in September 2008, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS.