Today’s post is for Marni Graff ’s A Nora Tierney Mystery series. We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Marni. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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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.
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.
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.
When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing in school, first poetry and then journalism essays. I think reading made me want to become a writer. I could read when I started kindergarten and have always been a voracious reader. Being able to travel to other places, getting caught up in a good story–those where things that stood out to me. I would have to say when I was a teenager and found Agatha Christie I was entranced and gobbled up everything she’d written to that point, so she was probably my biggest influence, especially to writing mysteries.
How many books do you have out, and do you have a favorite?
I have four in print. Three in the award-winning Nora Tierney English Mysteries: THE BLUE VIRGIN, THE GREEN REMAINS, and THE SCARLET WENCH. And the newest is DEATH UNSCRIPTED, the first Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery. I can’t say I have a favorite as they all represent something special to me, but I’m very proud that a copy of The Scarlet Wench is in the archives of Noel Coward’s estate, and that Death Unscripted was suggested by my mentor, P D James, and is dedicated to her.
If you weren’t an author, what other profession would you be in? I love theater and think I’d be a great set decorator!