Karen Neary Smithson

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Karen Neary Smithson has been a child advocate, human rights commissioner, and an art educator. An author of mysteries, she finds the writing craft magical. She is also a representational artist whose work is showcased in several art galleries. Karen has popped up as an extra in Baltimore based movies and television shows.

The Beth Getty Mystery Series, Book 2

Destined To Kill

Death Unmasked

The Beth Getty Mystery Series, Book 1


Death in Disguise

Praise for The Beth Getty Mystery Series

“From its evocative opening to its breathtaking finish, Karen Neary Smithson blends a bit of Irish culture with a dead-on description of Venice, Italy in Death Unmasked, while telling an engrossing thriller about a woman seeking justice for a murdered friend. Sibѐal “Beth” Getty’s ‘sixth sense’ gives her a unique quality in the world of female sleuths.”

—Debbi Mack, New York Times bestselling author of the Sam 

McRae Mysteries and Damaged Goods

“Smithson weaves murder, intrigue, and Venetian history into her latest novel, Death Unmasked. Everyone’s hiding secrets. Love affairs turn into obsessions. Hidden identities reveal past mistakes. The novel is ripe with description and double-dealing, and a mystery full of so many twists and turns it will have readers guessing until the very end.

—R. Lanier Clemons, author of the Jonelle Sweet Mystery Series

Death in Disguise is a brilliantly written mystery that pulls the reader head-first into the pages with an eclectic array of well-drawn characters. The story unfolds at a rapid pace and builds intrigue and suspense. The ending will blow you away!

—Kim Hamilton, author of Accidental Lawyer and the 

Accidental Lawyer Short Read Series

Death in Disguise had me hooked from the first page. With a varied cast of characters, and one twist after another, fasten your seat belts for a thrilling ride!

—Shawn Reilly Simmons, author of the Red Carpet Catering Mysteries

Death in Disguise is everything I could ever want in a mind-boggling mystery. I was pulled in from the beginning and amazed by the ending, which I never saw coming. Murder, romance, deception, infidelity [and] celebrity characters fill the pages of a very exciting book. I really loved Death in Disguise. Please, do not pass this one up but put it at the top of your reading list.

—Trudy LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

Death in Disguise is a gripping mystery that had me addicted from the first page

—Laura M. Snider, author of Witches’ Quarters

Death in Disguise is full of action and suspense, with a great twisty ending that will take you for a loop.

—Jennifer Haskin, author of the Freedom Flight Trilogy

Sweet and well-meaning Betty Getty is an unlikely hero in Death in Disguise, a Hollywood ‘whodunnit’ that has all the ingredients for a great mystery: fame, money, murder, intrigue, and a touch of the Irish.

—m. m. burke, author of Gymrat

Smithson has a unique writing style that turns up the volume with over-the-top characters, detailed descriptions, and lots of emotional ups and downs. Death in Disguise will hook readers and brings them along on a wild ride into the private back rooms of Hollywood glitterati, the backstretch of the horse racing biz, and the secret rooms of some very dark characters.

—L.R. Trovillion, author of the Maryland Equestrian Series

An exciting and thrilling murder mystery, Death in Disguise is sure to send chills of fear down the spine of the stoutest reader, and often uses the reader’s momentum to steer them to a place where anyone can kill.

InD’tale Magazine

Death is Disguise is definitely well worth the read even if you’re not a mystery reader. My favorite part was the protagonist’s intuitive nature. If you enjoy mysteries, you’ll love this book.

—Kathryn Ramsperger, author of The Shores of Our Souls