Brenda English

Inspiration first struck Brenda English when she learned to read as a first grader and then realized that someone also was writing those Dick and Jane adventures. Since then, she has spent more than 35 years as a working writer, editor and communications professional and in a constant state of astonishment that she gets paid to do what she loves.  

A native of southeast Georgia, Brenda earned a journalism degree in radio-TV-film history and production from the University of Georgia. Her career has included working as a news reporter both in television and at newspapers in Florida and Michigan; managing publications for the largest healthcare system in the Washington, D.C. area; working as a senior editor for the book-publishing arm of a not-for-profit organization; handling media relations for one of the country’s largest public school systems; and managing communications teams for a Fortune 500 company as well as a non-profit, state-mandated corporation.

Bibliography

  • Sutton McPhee Mysteries
    Corruption of Faith (#1)
    Brenda English
  • Sutton McPhee Mysteries
    Corruption of Power (#2)
    Brenda English
  • Sutton McPhee Mysteries
    Corruption of Justice (#3)
    Brenda English
     

Reviews

Sutton McPhee Mysteries

Corruption of Faith (#1)
“A well-written, interesting who-done-it, starring a bright new amateur sleuth in her debut novel. Fans of female amateur sleuths will be looking forward to Brenda English’ next entry in what appears to be a promising series.”

Midwest Book Review

“An extraordinarily good debut […] English does an excellent job of bringing the sister’s character to life, even though she never appears in the book, as well as creating a well-rounded and interesting sleuth in Sutton. I’ll certainly look forward to the next.”

MLB News

“A mystery that provides more than a whodunit. A glimpse at the underbelly of human motivation and the lengths some people will go to achieve their nefarious desires. Solid, at times humorous, often touching.”

Rendezvous

“Assured writing and deft characterization combine in a debut for fans of writers of strong yet compassionate self-aware women […] you grow really fond of Sutton and her sensible yet sensitive attitude.”

Poisoned Pen

Corruption of Power (#2)
“The Sutton McPhee mysteries are among the best because they have intricate puzzles to be solved by the reader. CORRUPTION OF FAITH is one of English’s premium tales because the dark side of the DC political atmosphere is brilliantly described. The protagonist adds much to the story, leading to readers wanting to buy this novel and previous entries in the series.”

Midwest Book Review

“First class plotting [and] snappy dialogue.”

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“A good build-up to this story, and it is is filled with plenty of suspense. The interaction between police and reporters is excellent. Well done.”

Rendezvous

Corruption of Justice (#3)
“An extremely well-done amateur sleuth mystery […] Sutton remains a well-balanced individual who can be sensitive or hard as necessary. Readers will adore the intrepid journalist and relish the fact that her personal life has moved forward.”

Midwest Book Review

Awards & Accolades

Sutton McPhee Mysteries

Corruption of Faith (#1)
USA

Poisoned Pen: “Best paperback originals of 1997”