Death Unscripted (Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1) by M. K. Graff



The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working on set as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until at the actor whose overtures she’s refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she sets out on an investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy.

A new mystery from the award-winning author of the Nora Tierney English Mystery Series, DEATH UNSCRIPTED is based on the authors’ real work experience during her nursing career and is the mystery series British Queen of Crime P. D. James insisted she write. A mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural, the story is told in first person from Trudy’s point of view, and in third from NYPD Detective Ned O’Malley.

Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths
Series: Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1
Length: 267 pages
Release date: 2015-10-25



I didn’t think, just reacted. I grabbed the uneaten pie off the tray from the startled woman next to us and dumped it on Griff Kennedy’s head.

“I meant what I said. You stay away from me – or else!” I stomped away before Griff had time to muster a comeback or let a curse slip out.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Trudy Genova, a nurse working as a medical consultant for a movie studio; a great job despite some stars’ antics – until someone mysteriously dies.

With Death Unscripted, Marni Graff has created a wonderful cosy mystery. It is a highly enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Trudy and her life. Marni Graff paints a clear picture of Trudy’s mind while the story evolves; I was drawn very close to Trudy, trying to solve the mystery with her. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is expertly woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked.

This is a book for you if you like cosy mysteries, amateur sleuths, stubborn protagonists, believable and often very likeable characters.

The very promising first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries series! A book to read again.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV First person (Trudy), third person (Ned O’Malley) – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (mention of rape and abortion)


About the author

Marni Graff is the author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, published by Bridle Path Press ( She writes the weekly crime review blog Auntie M Writes ( and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Death Unscripted?  Or – if you did not yet read Death Unscripted – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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