Maxine Paetro

Maxine Paetro

Maxine Paetro is an American author who has been published since 1979. Paetro has collaborated with best-selling author James Patterson on the Women’s Murder Club series, and other stand alone novels.



From 1975 until 1987 Paetro was a recruiter and EVP creative department manager at several large New York City advertising agencies. In 1979, Paetro published her first book How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising, which received its fourth revision in August 2010. This non-fiction work has been described as “the advertising industry bible and ultimate insider's guide to getting in and getting noticed". [1]

Between 1986 and 1991 she published three novels: Manshare, Baby Dreams and Windfall. In 1993 she collaborated with Dodd Darin to write the biography Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.

In 2005 she began the first of several collaborations with best-selling author James Patterson, co-writing The 4th of July for the Women’s Murder Club Series. Paetro explains in an interview that she and Patterson had known each other since the 1970s.[2]

Her garden, Broccoli Hall, has been featured in national magazines including House & Garden, Victoria and Country Garden and is on the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program.

Paetro is married to former surety bond executive, John A. Duffy, the now founder and CEO of consulting company, Manhattan Bridge, LLC.[3]


  • How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising (1979, nonfiction)
  • Manshare (1986)
  • Baby Dreams (1989)
  • Windfall
  • Dream lovers: the magnificent shattered lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee (1993, with Dodd Darin)
  • Swimsuit (2009, with James Patterson)

Women's Murder Club

Four San Francisco friends - a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner, and a crime reporter - join forces to solve mysteries. Paetro co-authored these books with James Patterson beginning with the fourth book in the series. All are New York Times #1 best-sellers.

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