Marilyn Brown Oden is the award-winning author of 12 books, including 3 novels. Her latest is The Santa Fe Secret (2018) which follows The Dead Saint (international intrigue) and Crested Butte (historical fiction). Her diverse experiences with people and places  shape her life and therefore her writing. Living in Santa Fe helped paint the background for her new novel— music and dancing on the Plaza, Indian Market and Fiesta, cafes with balconies where people from all walks of life pass by, museums and world-class opera, magical sunsets and bright stars, and sometimes a moon in the morning over the mountains. Enwrapping it all is the ancient sense of mystery that took Marilyn on a journey that became The Santa Fe Secret. One of her earliest childhood memories is the dream to become an author. Many decades and a dozen books later, writing continues to bring her meaning and a sense of wholeness.

Praise for The Santa Fe Secret

The Santa Fe Secret kept me on edge from the first page to the last. There are no two ways about it, this book is a cliffhanger on steroids!”
~~ John Killinger, author of 50+ books.

The Santa Fe Secret is a page turner. It is an enjoyable, fast-paced read with an engaging heroine that leaves you breathless.”
          ~~Nancy Owen Lewis, Award-winning author and historian


Praise for The Dead Saint

“The casual yet taut style will keep readers turning pages to find out if Bishop Lynn can prevent disaster that involves the highest echelons of the U.S. government..."  more
       – Publishers Weekly

"A story of international espionage with just the right amount of inspirational seasoning."     – Fresh Review  more

“This is the most gripping suspense novel I have ever read..."  
      – John Killinger 

"Oden's book grabs readers by the lapels and takes them on a high-energy, thought-provoking run..."
 – Sheron Patterson, United Methodist Reporter  more

"This is a fast moving, well written and enjoyable novel of international intrigue and murder that begins on the streets of New Orleans and ends in the Oval office at the White House..."
 – George Taylor, The Good Book Stall  more


Sept 17, 2011

The Dead Saint chosen as a Fresh Pick by


Crested Butte: A Novel

Winner of the EVVY Award

1st Place for Fiction