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From Marilyn:
"I was a bookworm from the moment I learned how to read. I devoured Nancy Drews, Judy Boltons, and Trixie Beldons – sometimes two books in one day. Was it any wonder I ended up writing mysteries?
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I dreamed of becoming a ballerina or a writer. I practiced my pirouettes and penned short stories. My family moved to Long Island, where I continued to write stories until I was discouraged by a high school English teacher.
Turned off to writing, I continued to read voraciously in college and concentrated on my major, Spanish. I studied in Mexico and Spain, intent on becoming fluent in the language. I taught high school Spanish, married my dentist husband, and we started a family. When our two sons were small, I found myself drawn back to writing fiction.
A writer is a writer forever. We may have more than our share of disappointments, but the rewards are many – knowing you bring joy to readers; sharing the camaraderie and support of your fellow scribes. Writing is a way of life, one I wouldn’t relinquish for anything."

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. 


As Allison Brook, Marilyn writes the Haunted Library mystery series, which has received many accolades. Death Overdue, the first book in ther series,was an Agatha nomination for Best Contemporary Novel, a Library Journal "Pick of the Month" and on Goodreads' list of the 200 "Most Popular Books Published in October 2017.


The Devil's Pawn, is a horror-suspense YA that will give you chills but leave you smiling when you've read the last page. Her Golden Age of Mystery Book Club mysteries have received many wonderful reviews. Murder a la Christie, the first in the series, was a King Rivers Life Magazine's "Best of 2014" and on Book Town's 2014 Summer Mystery Reading List. Professor Lexie Driscoll leads discussions about Christie novels as she solves the murders of various members of her book club. In the sequel, Murder the Tey Way, Lexie and the book club talk about Josephine Tey's mysteries as she investigates murders and unravels secrets.


Untreed Reads has brought out new e-editions of Marilyn's Twin Lakes mysteries: A Murderer Among Us, awarded a Suspense Magazine Best Indie and on Book Town's Summer Reading List. The sequel, Murder in the Air, was on Book Town's Fall Reading List. Both books will soon be available as audiobooks. Uncial Press e-publishes her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations. Most of Marilyn's mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives.


Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a "Children's Choice." Getting Back to Normal & And Don't Bring Jeremy.


Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her grandchildren, Olivia and Jack, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.

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