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.
Q&A With the Author:
1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less:
Consummate reader; Anglophile–will travel to UK any time, any reason; slave to my Italian Spinone, Radar; wife to Doc, best partner in the world; Mum to three grown lads with families, all lovely; will work for bacon and/or dark chocolate; Mastperhece Mystery on DVR.
2. What do you love most in the world?
My family and my library. The people are the warmest, best bunch of people to me, filled with quirks and habits and loving gestures; books are my solace and my great delight, a way to go on vacation at the drop of a hat.
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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.
“Who did you say you were writing for?”
His searching look had Nora clinging closer to the facts.
“I’ve just left People and Places, and I’m trying to break
into freelance.I wanted to start with a profile of someone I knew and
admired.” As she said this, Nora realized this was truly an option open to
her. She added quickly:
“I wouldn’t stay for more than few minutes.”
Wheeler tapped his pockets for his key. “Just ten minutes
then. Where are my blasted . . . oh, I gave them to Vance while I added to my
notes on Rebecca.” He turned the handle, which opened easily
and gestured for her to proceed into his rooms. “Do you know DuMaurier,
“One of my personal favorites. I know Hitchcock had
to promise her to keep the heroine unnamed before she would agree to let him
film it.” Hoping this nuggets from Simon’s eternal trivia would endure her
to Wheeler, Nora entered the room, tripped over the outstretched arm of a man
who lay facedown on the rug.
“Edward!” Wheeler knelt down quickly next to the
man and felt for a pulse. His face ashen, he looked up at Nora in disbelief as
he pronounced, “He’s dead!”
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