UNCHARTED WATERS hits Amazon’s Top 20

My new Pat Tierney release, UNCHARTED WATERS, is currently #16 in Financial Thrillers on Amazon.ca. Check it out in the screenshot below, taken mid-afternoon today. It’s the fourth icon from the left on the bottom row:

And here’s a closer look:

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Featured on the Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog!

Delighted that my new release, Uncharted Waters, was featured on the Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog yesterday. The SMFS confers the prestigious Derringer Awards for short fiction. Uncharted Waters won’t be in the running for a Derringer, though, because it’s a 331-page novel–not short fiction at all.

Here’s the link to the SMFS blog post.

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Today is publishing day for UNCHARTED WATERS, the fourth installment in my Pat Tierney mystery series. The paperback and the ebook are available on Amazon, and a number of other retailers including Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

After two novels in Ontario cottage country, Pat is back in Toronto and looking to open her own financial planning practice. She’s been hankering to run her own show for a very long time, and she’s finally decided to go for it.

She finds an existing business that she thinks will meet her needs, but she’ll have to take out a big loan against her home to purchase it. It’s risky because she has no idea whether the clients she’ll acquire will stay with her. But she’s willing to take a calculated risk. The only thing she hasn’t factored in, however, is a murder!

Much of the novel is set in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood (Bloor Street West, just east of Bathurst) where Pat’s new office suite is located. It’s September–just like now!–and Pat takes frequent breathers to enjoy the fine weather on the fire escape outside her office. Hence Sara Carrick’s cover image of the novel above!

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Pat Tierney, Book 4…coming soon!

Here is the cover–front and back–of UNCHARTED WATERS, the fourth novel in my Pat Tierney mystery series!

When designer Sara Carrick and I put our heads together a few months ago to discuss a cover for UNCHARTED WATERS, I told her that my central image for this new Pat Tierney tale was the fire escape behind Pat’s new offices. Pat has just opened her own financial planning practice and leased a second-floor suite in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. A lot happens on that fire escape. At the beginning, it’s a refuge where Pat can escape from work and gather her thoughts. But, as the story unfolds, the fire escape becomes the setting for darker scenes.

Sara heard my ideas out, and came up with this fabulous cover that evokes the darker sides of Pat Tierney’s world.

Pat’s fourth novel-length adventure (there are Pat Tierney short stories too!) comes eight years after her debut novel, Safe Harbor (a finalist for Britain’s Debut Dagger Award), in 2012. That was followed by Black Water in 2013, and Raven Lake in 2016. All four novels take place over one action-packed year in Pat’s life.

Here’s what the two reigning queens of Canadian crime fiction, Maureen Jennings and Gail Bowen, have to say about UNCHARTED WATERS:

Maureen Jennings, author of the Detective Murdoch mystery series, the DCI Tom Tyler series, and the Charlotte Frayne P.I. series: “Another delightful outing for Rosemary McCracken’s sleuth, Pat Tierney. Ever astute, Pat believably negotiates murder and mayhem that threatens to wreck her life.  As well as a good story, Uncharted Waters has additional benefits such as the depiction of the inner world of financial investment. And a hilarious portrait of contemporary baby showers. More Pat Tierney, please!”

Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series: “As a single mother in her late 40s, Pat Tierney knows her decision to embark on uncharted waters by opening her own financial planning practice is a professional and a personal risk. But when the uncharted waters prove to be a shark pool, bloody with betrayal and murder, Pat must fight not just for her livelihood but for her life.  Uncharted Waters is McCracken’s best Pat Tierney mystery yet!”

UNCHARTED WATERS is now in the final stages of production. It will be released by Carrick Publishing, first an an ebook, then as a paperback. Stay tuned for release dates.

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