ML Condike

Writes cozy mysteries that grab readers, then finishes with a gratifying yet unexpected genealogical conclusion.


Mary Lou Condike


ML Condike specializes in taking historic cold cases from public and police files, devising a solution with “What if…” scenarios, and then imagining solutions. ML and Brian Condike are a wife and husband team, experienced in helping writers both individually and by special sessions at WORDFest events. Take a look at the cold case mystery novels and short stories that are provided to keep the suspense going.




Novelist Recognized in

The Desk From Hoboken

A soft-boiled mystery with a moral edge!

Protagonist, RaeJean Hunter, is a forensic genealogist who is offered a case when human remains are discovered on a Connecticut college campus.

Recovering from a deeply emotional loss and reluctant to take on the project, RaeJean acquiesces when the fee is doubled and then sweetened with an antique desk. Her anonymous client suspects the remains belong to a young woman who died mysteriously in 1841.


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Outside My Window

November 18, 2020
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The sun had begun to rise when I uploaded my birdfeeder picture to my favorite Facebook group, What’s Outside Your Window. Then the commotion started.  …

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RaeJean never suspected there was an abandoned train station beneath the CT State Library.

Stairwell to RaeJean’s Captivity

December 19, 2019
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RaeJean never suspected there was an abandoned train station beneath the Connecticut State Library. When she awoke she found herself entombed with a bag of …

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Ct State Library Lawyer's room

More about the CT State Library

November 4, 2019
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The Law Library sits on the opposite side of the lobby from the Supreme Court. A magnificent ceiling caught my eye when I entered the …

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