The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery

M.K. Graff. Bridle Path, $12 trade paper (316p) ISBN 978-0-9908287-8-5
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)
Reviewed on: 12/11/2017
Release date: 07/01/2017
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