A Slippery Slope


Introducing Sarah McKinney, lawyer and international mediator. Celebrating the conclusion of a case in London, Sarah is hit by a stray bullet. When she meets the intended targets, a beautiful young Jordanian woman and her lover, a journalist on the hunt for the hidden assets of Middle Eastern strongmen, she is drawn into a criminal intrigue that follows her home to Decatur, Georgia.

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A Dangerous Descent


An offer to help her mentor locate his estranged daughter takes Sarah McKinney to the Dordogne region of rural France. There, she uncovers a troubled history that parallels her own. To rescue the woman she has come to find, she must confront danger as well as her own demons.

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A Splintered Step



“Nothing much happens in Britain during the week between Christmas and New Year.” Sarah McKinney’s plan for a cozy vacation with her lover turns towards terror when she travels to Britain for the holidays, and becomes embroiled in the search for a link connecting apparently random deaths.

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An Azure Year


Red Wheelbarrow Writers' anthology Memory Into Memoir includes Marian Exall's prize-winning tale about her year living in the South of France.

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In 2017, the theme of the Whatcom Writes annual anthology was forgiveness. Marian Exall's short story Pipestone Canyon reflects on this essential ingredient in a long marriage. 

In 2019, Exall's submission was again included in the anthology. Memorial pays homage to a World War II hero, and his daughter, now 92, who honors his memory.


All these anthologies are available through Village Books.

Left On The Shore

Exall's contribution to this collection, Left On The Shore,​ recounts the experience of a would-be e

Exall's contribution to this collection  

recounts the experience of a would-be emigrant from Liverpool in 1912—her grandfather. 

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Works In Progress

Family Histories

 Exall is working on a series of short stories based on family anecdotes and set in Britain between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.   Left On The Shore, in the anthology So Much Depends Upon . . .  is the first to be published.

World War Two novel (untitled)

Inspired by a true story of heroism, the narrative traces the intertwined histories of two mother-daughter pairs through the chaos of war and its aftermath. Exall has been struggling to write this novel for a decade. Publication date: uncertain