Carole Shmurak, Author of The Susan Lombardi Mysteries

Carole Shmurak

Born and raised in New York City, Carole Shmurak is the author of eleven books. She began her career as a teacher of biology and chemistry, first at The Dalton School in Manhattan and then at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. Having taught for many years in the School of Education at Central Connecticut State University, she is currently Professor Emerita there. While at CCSU, Carole published numerous articles on women in science and gender issues in education. Her first book, Voices of Hope, a work of non-fiction published in 1998, was named a ‘Critic’s Choice’ by the American Educational Studies Association. (You can read one of her academic papers here.)

Matty Trescott Novels

While still at CCSU, Carole started writing fiction. Under the pseudonym Carroll Thomas, she co-authored six Matty Trescott novels with Thomas Ratliff. Ring Out Wild Bells, the third book in that series was nominated for the Agatha for Best Young Adult Mystery of 2001. The Matty books are works of historical fiction set in the years 1860-1874 and have been used in classrooms in Connecticut and Kansas. Read more about them at the Carroll Thomas website.


Susan Lombardi Mysteries

Carole’s longtime love of detective fiction led to the publication of Deadmistress, her first mystery, which introduced amateur sleuth Susan Lombardi, college professor and educational consultant. Deadmistress was named a Notable Book of 2004 by Writers Notes Magazine. Capitalizing on her long experience in schools of many types, Carole followed up with two more Susan Lombardi mysteries, Death by Committee and Death at Hilliard High. Her latest book, Most Likely to Murder, takes Susan back to her hometown for a reunion of her high school class.

A popular speaker at schools and libraries, Carole currently leads monthly mystery groups at the Simsbury, Southington, and Wallingford libraries. She also leads book discussions in libraries all over Connecticut.

Carole received a B.A. in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in biochemistry from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in science education from Indiana University. She lives with her husband Steve in Farmington, Connecticut, and is the proud mother of Jill Susannah and the adoring grandmother of Zoë and Celeste.


Carole was recently given a Lifetime Achievement  Award by Marquis Who’s Who.

Here is the press release and here is the award page.



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