Modern Murder Mystery. A Nora Tierney Series

Nora Tierney Mysteries Series Audio Book Version by Author Marni Graff


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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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.

My review:

The Green Remains an interesting murder tale with great British accent. It make the readers feel there with Nora seeing and smelling the sites. I enjoy the laid back way that this murder mystery developed. The characters are well develop and you will find it hard to stay away from the book. The lady who does the reading has a nice voice and was pleasant to my ears.

Nora is pregnant and staying in England’s glorious Lake District,. While there she found a body at the shore and Ian the detective in charge of the case is acting like she knows more that she does and has her friend Simon who is in love with her as one of the main suspected. To make things worse Simon’s sister Kate is engage to the Ian the detective.

All an all, this is good story and I give it five stars.

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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.

My review:

5 stars

I h ad the chance to listen to the third book of Nora Tierney Mystery series. Once again, I was transported to England and the pretty sites there. The novel is written in the classic English style which I enjoy a lot and I actually understood it all. Usually when I watch a British comedy, I only understand half of it, but I was able to follow along just fine. I found myself forgetting to do other things just to see what clue Nora is going to find next. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting. I like the different personalities and the quirks of each of them. It does have insinuations of sex, but nothing racy.
Ramsey Lodge is the host to a troupe of traveling stage performers. The bunch of actors and actresses are a weird bunch and seem to not get along at all. When pranks start happening, everyone blames someone else and Nora’s detective hat goes on. When one of the actresses is found murdered during a dark stormy night, her friend Declan has to abandon his vacation at the lodge and take statements from all the people that spent the night there.
I like the slower pace of the story because it gives the reader more time to savor the drama and have a chance to immerse themselves in the mystery.

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