Hello! I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for one of two Blog Tour stops today: Death at the Dakota by M.K. Graff is available to buy now.
About the book
Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can’t even survive?
Readers of Death Unscripted, the first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural.
Death at the Dakota is a modern murder mystery book, with a classic Golden Age feel. As I’ve said before, I love a floor plan and I also like a dramatis personae and this has both!
The story has a classic cosy whodunit set-up, with a roster of suspicious characters as well as the budding romance between Trudy and Ned. Although, despite Ned’s gruesome subplot, it’s well over a third of the book before death actually comes knocking at the Dakota.
Trudy is likeable and believable, and her character as violin-playing, mystery- writing, film production company nurse feels original.
I enjoyed the varied viewpoints between Trudy and Ned, and the plot flow easily. The various strands keep the story going and the reader guessing.
I did not know whodunit and the ending was a surprise. I would like to go back and read the first book in this series, Death Unscripted, and would definitely read more from M.K. Graff.
With thanks to Bridle Path Press for my copy of the book and to damppebbles blog tours for my spot on the tour.
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About the author
Marni Graff writes The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, featuring an American writer living in England with a nose for murder, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, based on Graff’s real work as a medical consultant for a movie studio.
She is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, the NC Writers Network, and The International Association of Crime Writers, and writes crime book reviews at Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.
About the Blog Tour
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