Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Death Unscripted by M.K. Graff

Trudy Genova has the best nursing job, working as an onset and script medical consultant for a Manhattan movie studio. No more uniforms, night shifts, or real emergencies. That is, until a soap opera actor Trudy has a tense relationship with dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene—but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy.                                  

Detectives Ned O’Malley and Tony Borelli view Trudy as a suspect, and in an effort to prove them wrong, Trudy interferes with their investigation. Then a second actor dies, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself right into the path of a killer.

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Marni Graff had a successful career as a registered nurse who wrote on the side before writing full time. She has a degree in English Lit and studied Gothic Mystery at Oxford University in England. She also wrote articles for Mystery Review magazine, where she interviewed many of the authors whose work she admired.
Marni is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England. The Blue Virgin introduces Nora, an American writer living in Oxford. The Green Remains and The Scarlet Wench trace Nora’s move to the Lake District where murder follows her.  In process is The Golden Hour, set in Bath, England. Premiering in the next few months will be Graff’s new Manhattan series, Death Unscripted, featuring nurse Trudy Genova, a medical consultant for a New York movie studio. This new series is based on Marni’s favorite nursing job in real life.

Marni is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, a primer on writing groups and critique techniques. She writes crime book reviews at Auntie M Writes and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, an author’s cooperative. A member of Sisters in Crime, Marni runs the NC Writers Read program in Belhaven which allows writers experience reading their work out loud and getting immediate feedback. 

Twitter: @GraffMarni

Trudy Genova is a medical consultant for a movie studio and is currently working on the set of a popular internet soap opera, Thornfield Place. Griff Kennedy has been coming on to her and she's been repulsed by him. He dies in the middle of a scene one day but points his finger at her before he dies. Detectives Ned O'Malley and Tony Borelli are put on the case. Trudy's best friend, Meg, is supposed to keep an eye on Detective Borelli but appears to be falling for him and Trudy fights her growing attraction to Detective O'Malley. There is a second death and Trudy's questions seem to make her the third target.

This book was fun to read! The Detectives wanted Trudy and Meg to stay out of their case but they just can't help themselves, especially Trudy. She lurks in the shadows, believing she goes unnoticed, and eavesdrops on multiple conversations. She's had some tough things happen in her life with her father and an ex-boyfriend. She wants answers when it comes to her dad and to pretend like her ex-boyfriend doesn't exist. She's endearing and funny and I enjoyed getting to know her. Meg is an amazing best friend and I love how supportive they are of each other. Her relationship with Ned got off to a rocky start and they had some misunderstandings along the way, which made for some funny moments. Their relationship will be fun to follow in future installments.

For the most part, it moved quickly, but there were a few spots that seemed slow to me. It's a good setup for the series. We meet the main characters and get to know a little bit about them. Some things are revealed that aren't wrapped up at the end so there's more story to be told. As far as content, there is some swearing and sexual situations, but no details. I look forward to reading more of this series!

My Rating=4 Stars
*I received a copy of this book to review for an honest opinion*

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Unknown said...

Great review, it sounds like a good book :)

Marni said...

Thanks for hosting me, Mel!

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