Publication: 1st April 2019 – Bridle Path Press
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.
I am delighted to kick off the blog tour for DEATH AT THE DAKOTA, the new book by M. K. Graff, the second novel in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery. I’d like to thank Emma Welton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.
Trudy Genova is a nurse with the best job in the world: working on a TV set, taking care of the star Monica Kiley. On her personal life, Trudy’s relationship with NYPD detective Ned O’Malley is going well, even though work and family engagements make it difficult to spend time alone together.
When Ned calls her “Miss Marple”, he is not wrong as Trudy, against her wishes, finds herself involved in Monica’s sudden disappearance and a murder. With a few twists that took me by surprise, Trudy tries to find out the truth before it’s too late, even for her.
I loved the characters, all very engaging, especially Trudy who is smart, strong-willed, and entertaining and I look forward to reading more of her adventures. I also liked the character of Ned. He and Trudy are an adorable couple and I enjoyed reading about his strong relationship not only with Trudy, but with his partner Tony Borelli and with his family.
Set in the beautiful setting of the Dakota building in New York, famous for being the place of John Lennon’s murder, for its rich occupants, and the high security, DEATH AT THE DAKOTA is a fast-paced, fun, and engrossing novel. There are mysteries that keep the reader on edge, there is more than one romance to keep the reader entertained, and there are friendships and family ties that made me love this novel even more. I still haven’t had the pleasure to read Death Unscripted, the first book in this fantastic series, but I am definitely going to do it soon.
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.
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