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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Nora Tierney Mysteries and reviews!

The Blue Virgin (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #1)
Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn's murder. Or has she?

Nora quickly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation, much to the dismay of two men: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, the senior on the case; and Simon Ramsey, the illustrator of Nora's children's book. Simon's efforts to save Nora from herself become increasingly frantic as Nora is forced to push her way into Declan's case, using her wits and her wiles to prove Val's innocence.

The first in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries based in the UK, The Blue Virgin is a compelling story of love and intrigue. Nothing, Nora learns, is what it seems, and even the most innocent of choices can lead to murder and revenge. Set in the ancient city of golden spires, the setting lends itself to mystery, as any Inspector Morse fan will agree. The novel is written in classic English style, complete with a cast of characters and chapter epigraphs that add to its literary feel.

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 I really enjoyed this book - A Lot!! I was completely drawn in from the get-go. While it was a murder mystery, It wasn't gruesome or gory, but did still set the scene and give intruique. I was captivated by the characters, even if we only met them one. And I was absolutely pleased with how the author was able to introduce so many points of view without me getting lost. I always know who were were following or who was speaking. The narrator was incredible - doing voices, speeding up during the suspense so your heart gets racing, and capturing the scene perfectly in her tone of voice. I seriously could not stop listening to this audio book! Whether you are reading this book yourself or listening to the audio book I think you will be very pleased by the fabulous story and the author's ability to write. (And of course, pleased by the narrator too if you are listening.) It's absolutely work getting your hands on - and the book is clean too!!

The Green Remains (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #2)
Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England's glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children's book and the birth of her first child. Choosing a name for her son and checking proof pages with her illustrator, Simon Ramsey, fill her days--until a morning stroll along the shore of UK's largest lake, Windermere, leads her to discover the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.
When Simon is implicated in the death, Nora dives headfirst into the murder investigation to discover the real killer. As the body count rises, Nora and her unborn child will face risks and perils she could never anticipate in this second in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries.

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 Another fantastic book! This is second in the series and just as fabulous as the first. This book took us out of the city into the country and the dangers and mystery that lie there. It was just as easy to get into and what I loved is that the author gives you a very brief background of the characters that does not bore the reader who already read book one, but would definitely give insight to the reader why may have jumped in at book two. Again the narrator did not disappoint and as was done previously, I was rooting for each character and felt like I knew them. Not only the ones that carried over from the first book, but also the new character that Marni let us get to know and love throughout. Her writing is so fantastic that you can see each place and each situation play out in your mind as you read or listen to this book. My one and only hesitation was that I didn't fully understand why the killer confessed when he/she did. But when listening to it, I didn't even question it at all cause it played out so perfectly. It was afterward that I realized I had missed something. But that would not stop me from reading this book again or suggesting it to others! (PS - also I love that this book is clean!!) It was amazing and I'm eager for book 3!

The Scarlet Wench (Nora Tierney Mysteries, #3)
In the third Nora Tierney Mystery set in England, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a traveling theatre troupe who will stage Noel Coward's play Blithe Spirit at Ramsey Lodge in the Lake District. With her son six months old, Nora must juggle parenting with helping her illustrator and friend Simon Ramsey run the lodge. She's also hoping to further her relationship with the only lodge guest not in the cast: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, ostensibly there for a hiking trip. When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a flood that traps everyone, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Declan unmask a killer.

I have not yet finished book 3, and therefore cannot give you an accurate review of my findings just yet. However, I can say that even the little bit I have read swept me right back in with no hesitation, and as the character enter I already picture them and am excited to meet the new ones as they arrive. Plus .... the budding romance made my heart go pitter-patter :)
A full review is coming soon!!!

Marni Graff had a successful career as a registered nurse who wrote on the side before writing full time. She has a degree in English Lit and studied Gothic Mystery at Oxford University in England. She also wrote articles for Mystery Review magazine, where she interviewed many of the authors whose work she admired.
Marni is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England. The Blue Virgin introduces Nora, an American writer living in Oxford. The Green Remains and The Scarlet Wench trace Nora’s move to the Lake District where murder follows her.  In process is The Golden Hour, set in Bath, England. Premiering in the next few months will be Graff’s new Manhattan series, Death Unscripted, featuring nurse Trudy Genova, a medical consultant for a New York movie studio. This new series is based on Marni’s favorite nursing job in real life.

Marni is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, a primer on writing groups and critique techniques. She writes crime book reviews at Auntie M Writes and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, an author’s cooperative. A member of Sisters in Crime, Marni runs the NC Writers Read program in Belhaven which allows writers experience reading their work out loud and getting immediate feedback. 


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