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Marni Graff
THE GOLDEN HOUR: A Nora Tierney English Mystery
Marni Graff, author
From the award-winning author of the Nora Tierney English Mysteries comes the most chilling novel to date. Nora Tierney can't shake the feeling she has a stalker. While she's house hunting in Oxford, her partner, DI Declan Barnes, untangles the murder of an art conservator. When these situations collide, Nora finds herself fighting to save her child and their future. Praise from Elly Griffiths: "Nora Tierney tackles her most complex and captivating mystery yet." And from Ausma Khan: One of the best things about Marni Graff's latest Nora Tierney mystery, THE GOLDEN HOUR, is the down-to-earth depiction of family life coupled with the tightly paced build of a twisty, time-honored puzzle. A meditation on love, loss, and motherhood, THE GOLDEN HOUR blends touchingly real domesticity with tongue-in-cheek humor, as the backdrop to a tale of art theft, germ warfare, and international conspiracy. The reflections of a reprehensible villain on the shortcomings of the British add just the right note of comedy to these other weighty concerns. Added to this is a wonderful sense of place--Bath, Brighton, and Oxford are vividly rendered and charmingly true to life. Come for the crackling mystery, stay for the steady companionship of debonair detective Declan Barnes and feisty heroine, Nora Tierney, who offers warmth and smarts in equal measure."
In Graff’s fast-paced fourth mystery featuring expat American Nora Tierney (after 2015’s The Scarlet Wench), Nora, the successful writer of a series of books for children featuring a band of fairies in England’s Lake District and the mother of a 10-month-old son, comes to believe that she’s being stalked. For help, she turns to her significant other, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes of the Thames Valley CID. Meanwhile, Declan, who has a reputation for successfully solving serious crimes, lands another baffler after Oxford painting conservator Emma Jevons apparently dies from smallpox. The possible revival of that disease is disturbing enough, but Declan and his colleagues are even more alarmed when the infectious disease specialist raises the prospect that Emma was killed by a genetically modified virus that would be resistant to vaccination. Graff maintains suspense by providing the perspectives of Emma’s stalker and “a wealthy Russian megalomaniac.” Vivid characterizations complement the solid plotting. (BookLife)