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Published by Bridle Path Press, 1 July 2017. ISBN:
Since Nora Tierney left America to
live in England her life has changed in many ways. One of the most tragic
changes was that her fiancé Paul Pembroke died in a plane crash just as Nora
was preparing to break up with him. Paul never knew that Nora was carrying his
child but he left her well provided for in his will. Although Nora felt that
their relationship had no long-term future, mainly because of Paul’s obsession
with his work, she was saddened by his death. Many good friends supported Nora
through this difficult time and she moved from Oxford to the Lake District and
established herself as an up-and-coming writer of children’s books. Nora’s baby
was a son, Sean, whom she adores. In the last year, she has started a new
relationship with Declan Barnes, a detective inspector that she encountered
when she became involved in three separate murder enquiries.
the start of The Golden Hour, after
several months of a long-distance relationship, Nora is planning her move back
to Oxford to be near Declan, although she is uncertain whether he will wish to
commit himself to moving in with her and Sean. In Oxford Nora plans to go
house-hunting and spend time with Declan and also with her best friend, Val.
During her trip, she is looking forward to catching up with many good friends
throughout the south of England. However, she feels some trepidation when she
contemplates taking Sean to stay with his English grandparents at their stately
home in Cornwall, as her first encounter with them, at Paul’s funeral, had been
painful. The last leg of her trip is to give her first author presentation at a
pleasure in her holiday crumbles when she discovers an eavesdropping device
that has been put in her bag. This ties in with the glimpses she has had of a
tall man wearing a medley of baseball caps who, she now realises, has been
following her. To her horror, Nora realises that she is being stalked.
soon as she reaches Oxford she turns the device over to Declan, who starts to
look into the matter. However, the bulk of Declan’s time and attention is taken
up with his investigation into the death of a young art restorer. What starts
as a worrying case turns into the stuff of nightmares when he finds himself at
the centre of a bio-terror threat.
a pleasant visit to her friends in Oxford, during which Nora discovers her
ideal house and contemplates adopting a sweet little puppy, she has an
enjoyable time with Paul’s parents, who adore their grandson, but even there
she fears she may be watched. When she reaches Bath, Nora’s fears increase when
she discovers a tracking device on her car. At the same time, the pressure
around Declan’s investigation grows more intense and soon it becomes clear that
his case and Nora’s stalker are in some way linked. Then Nora has to face the
most heart-wrenching and terrifying ordeal that any parent has to undergo.
The Golden Hour is the fourth in
the series of books featuring Nora Tierney. The first three books are enjoyable
cosy crime books in which the author has created a community of distinctive and
likeable characters, but The Golden Hour
moves into new and exciting territory. It is still full of engaging characters
and heart-warming domestic details, but it also has a strong and complex plot
and themes that make the book incredibly powerful. This is cosy crime at the
height of its game. The Golden Hour
has all of the warm charm of the rest of the Nora Tierney series but with an
edge-of-the-seat quality that makes it a real page-turner. Thoroughly
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Marni Graff is
the author of the Nora Tierney mystery series, set in the UK. She is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, a primer on
writing groups and critique techniques. A member of Sisters in Crime, Graff
runs the NC Writers Read program in Belhaven and founded the group Coastal
Carolina Mystery Writers. She has also published poetry, last seen in Amelia
Earhart: A Tribute; her creative nonfiction has most recently appeared in
Southern Women’s Review. Her most recent book is The Golden Hour published July 2017.
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in
contemporary and Victorian times.The
Terminal Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was
published July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.