The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In this third Nora Tierney Mystery, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a travelling theatre groups who will stage Noel Coward’s play “Blithe Spirit” at her temporary home, Ramsey Lodge in England’s Lake District.
Her son now six months old, Nora must juggle parenting with helping her 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 from Oxford for a hiking trip.
When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a horrendous flood, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Declan unmask a killer.
Contemporary but written in traditional English mystery style, the book contains chapter epigrams that are lines from the play. A copy of the book has been requested for Noel Coward’s archives by his estate.
A mixture of amateur sleuth and police procedural, British mystery author Rebecca Tope says: THE SCARLET WENCH has all the ingredients of a good read: atmospheric setting, intriguing characters, complex plot and excellent writing.”
Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense
Series: The Nora Tierney Mysteries, #3
Length: 222 pages
Release Date: 2014-05-12
“She’s the writer who lives here with her baby,” Callie answered.
Simon reflected that Callie’s remark neatly summed up the situation. “You’re in the William Morris Suite,” he announced and led the way upstairs.
This book reunites the readers with American writer Nora Tierney and her son Sean. The impending arrival of a theatre group about to stage “Blithe Spirit” promises a house full of paying guests for the staff at Ramsey Lodge. Strange things happen within the group, reawakening Nora’s inner sleuth – much to DI Declan Barnes’ sorrow. As a reader, I automatically tried to solve this strange case – and enjoyed it!
With The Scarlet Wench, M. K. Graff has created a thrilling suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of believable and often pretty complex characters, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions to solve a set of crimes. I had a great time reading The Scarlet Wench – it is a very intriguing read. I was drawn into the story right away, thrilled to solve the mystery alongside Nora and Declan. This is for you if you like female sleuths, crime writers, suspense with twists and local flair and a little interwoven romance.
A suspenseful book and/or series to read again. I’m eagerly waiting for the opportunity to read the previous volumes of the series.
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About the author
A former registered nurse who wrote “on the side,” Graff has published articles, interviews, poetry and creative non-fiction. She wrote for seven years for “Mystery Review” magazine and is also the Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press.
Teaching creative writing, running the Writers Read program in NC, and participating in writing workshops fill out her days. She lives in rural coastal NC on a river and shares her home with her husband and Spinone, Radar.
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