Bio


Portrait of Lisa Turner

Fascinated by good people who do wicked things, Southern mystery author Lisa Turner examines human nature against the rich backdrop of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta.

Her debut novel, A Little Death in Dixie, raced to the top of Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers list and nudged Mockingjay – the third book in The Hunger Games series – out of first place. That was followed by a two-book contract with the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. Her second novel—The Gone Dead Train, a 2015 Edgar nominee—explores lost secrets from the Memphis civil rights movement and the mysterious power of Santeria magic.

Turner’s mysteries coil the roots of Southern identity around her characters and then drags them into a world of blues, murder, and heartbreak. “I’m a story archeologist,” she says. “I keep digging into my characters until I strike the bone.”