Death at the Dakota #BookReview #BlogTour #DampPebbles

Written by M. K. Graff


150 hrt


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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.




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A Good Read   Stars 3.5


A nice mystery, with so much going on!

Trudy Genova, nurse by profession with hidden talents as a sleuth, is employed by a film company to monitor their leading lady, Monica Kiley. Monica’s pregnancy is a well-kept secret, but when she goes missing Trudy fears for the welfare of her baby. Trudy and police detective Ned O’Malley are trying to further their relationship, but with her job and his, it’s not easy.

There is plenty going on in this one; with the details of film production and the star going missing, plus Ned’s investigation into a local murder, these two seem to be fated to cancel their plans. I found myself wishing that the book was either a cosy or a police procedural – both going on was just a bit distracting. I loved the characters but it seemed to me that the time setting for this novel was a little ambiguous; it read – for the most part – like a period mystery (or a crime noir) and yet all the up-to-date investigative techniques were employed. I did struggle to keep going occasionally, but got there in the end and overall it was a good read.

My thanks to Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles for both my copy and including me on this Blog Tour. This is, as always, my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime mystery
  • Format: paperback
  • Size: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bridle Path Press
  • Publication Date: 1 April 2019
  • Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble
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Meet 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,



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Twitter: @GraffMarni






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