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Safe Harbor (A Pat Tierney Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary McCracken
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Book Description

***Shortlisted for the 2010 DEBUT DAGGER AWARD / Crime Writers' Association***

What would you do to protect your family?

Financial advisor Pat Tierney’s world is shattered when a visitor to her office tells her that Pat's late husband is the father of a seven-year-old boy. Stunned by the revelation of her husband's affair, Pat is even more shocked when the woman bolts from the office, leaving young Tommy behind.

When Tommy's mother is murdered, police tell Pat that the boy may be the killer's next target. In a desperate race to protect Tommy, Pat searches for the truth and uncovers a deadly scheme involving illegal immigrants, trafficking in human body parts and money laundering.

And Pat discovers that she'll do just about anything to keep her family safe.


"McCracken’s first novel offers a coherent structure, an exact feel for the Toronto locales, and, in Pat, a hugely attractive sleuth figure." —Toronto Star

"With Safe Harbor, Rosemary McCracken proves why she's already won international acclaim. This is an absorbing page-turner you won't want to miss." —Rick Mofina, bestselling author of The Burning Edge

"Rosemary McCracken has a deft touch for writing believable relationships, especially among families. These particular characters will soon feel like people you know and don't want out of your life. Add to this an exciting plot and you'll be ready for a great read." —Maureen Jennings, author of the Detective William Murdoch mysteries

"The title of Rosemary McCracken's debut novel, Safe Harbor, resonates on many levels. Safe Harbor, a house that offers refugees with questionable legal status a home, is a central player in the novel's fast-paced and involving plot. But the words “safe harbor" also reflect the life financial advisor Pat Tierney has chosen to live after her husband Michael's sudden death. In the opening pages of the novel, Pat is ripped from her safe harbor by a dark secret from her husband's past. She is forced to meet challenges she could never imagine, but her courageous refusal to turn from danger makes her a very compelling protagonist. This novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page." —Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn mysteries

"Safe Harbor, by Rosemary McCracken, is a clever, original combination of domestic cozy and international intrigue. Its heroine, a respectable widow with a good home, a loving family and a lucrative job, suddenly finds herself responsible for a young boy with a mysterious past somehow connected to her own. Torn between saving him and saving her comfortable life, she risks all she has in a story that’s full of twists, turns, surprises and startling revelations. Touching, intriguing and sometimes downright scary, this story hooked me from page one until the final action-packed pages." —Rosemary Aubert, author of the Ellis Portal mystery series

"This family drama quickly spirals into an intriguing mystery. A highly entertaining read!" —D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rosemary McCracken is a Canadian journalist. Born and raised in Montreal, she has worked on newspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts reviewer, editorial writer and editor. She is now a freelance journalist who specializes in personal finance and the financial services industry. She advocates greater investor protection, and improved financial services industry regulation and enforcement.

Rosemary's short fiction was published by Room of One's Own Press and Kaleidoscope Books.

Safe Harbor is her first published novel. It was shortlisted for Britain's Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2010.

Rosemary lives in Toronto with her husband, and makes frequent retreats to her stone cottage in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands.

Visit Rosemary's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GAM6PE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An International Mystery Filled With Suspense March 29, 2012
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A strange woman walks into Pat Tierney's office with a young boy and shatters precious memories of Pat's dead husband. The desperate woman claims the boy is the son of Pat's husband, and she needs someone to safeguard him from eminent danger until she can straighten things out. Pat has two troublesome teenage daughters at home and stress at work, why should she take on a stranger's child?

What would you do? I asked myself this question as I read the novel. At first I wouldn't believe the woman, neither did Pat. Would I be polite? No. Could I learn to accept the truth and love a boy who looked exactly like my dead husband? That's the crux of the novel. Pat's heartbroken by her husband's betrayal but the boy needs a safe harbor. The next day the boy's mother turns up dead, and Pat realizes her own family might be in danger.

This is a complex story filled with the type of international intrigue that could be ripped from modern day headlines. It takes place in Canada but might happen anywhere. There is a place called Safe Harbor, meant to give refugees a place to stay while the government decides their cases. But Safe Harbor doesn't live up to its name or purpose.

The stories of all the characters are expertly intertwined by a talented author, who makes the reader care what happens to Pat Tierney and her small family. I held my breath when danger loomed and sighed with relief'll need to find out for yourself. If you enjoy mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance this is a book that gives you everything in one place.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Wow. Safe Harbor cracks open the mystery suspense genre with a twist, a female amateur detective solving crimes the new fashioned way with her skills as a seasoned financial advisor.

Like many single parents, Rosemary McCracken's Pat Tierney seems to do it all. Working fulltime she provides a good home for her kids, daughters Laura and Tracey and sound advice for her clients. But Pat has a weakness. Though satisfied with her little life, she is still nursing her grief for her husband Michael who died four years earlier. Then a woman she doesn't know drops a seven year old boy at her office declaring him to be her dead husband's love child. And promptly gets herself murdered.

Suddenly Pat and the boy are in the crosshairs of killers from an international organ smuggling ring, killers whose next target is the little boy, a child who knows too much to be allowed to live.

Spinning a skillful web of murder, deceit, family life and Pat's growing affection for Devon the handsome new man in her life, author McCracken crafts a story that quickly draws us in to Pat's world, a world bigger than she thought where global financial skullduggery intersects with individuals just trying to survive and ordinary people show extraordinary courage.

From the minute the story opens we're rooting for Pat as she risks everything to protect the little boy and her own girls and then catch the killers. Racing against time, she discovers a shadowy network of international investors who trade in death and want to eliminate her too. Safe Harbor is a fast-moving page turner that carries us along with Pat and her family as she risks her life to confront the leaders of this vicious scheme and bring them to justice.

Rosemary McCracken's Safe Harbor was shortlisted for a prestigious international award, the Debut Dagger sponsored by the British Crime Writers Association in 2010. I can't wait for her next book in the Pat Tierney series.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended May 17, 2012
By Marny
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What I liked best about this excellent book was its treatment of timely topics. Rosemary weaves many themes and current issues in a masterful and engrossing mystery which kept up the pace right to the end. The characters were believable and I can't wait to read more about Pat Tierney!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pat Tierney's world is falling apart. When a woman visits her office and drops the bombshell that the 7-year-old boy accompanying her is the son of her late-husband, she can't believe it. What follows is even more unbelievable. She bolts, leaving the child, Tommy, in Pat's care. When Tommy's mom turns up dead, Pat is determined to do everything she can to keep Tommy safe, even if that means hunting down a killer!

Safe Harbor is more suspenseful than most of the mysteries I've read lately, and I would probably classify it as suspense more than cozy mystery. However with a plot that involves illegal immigrants, trafficking in human body parts and money laundering this is one mystery that is going to leave a lot of readers hooked on the writing by Rosemary McCracken.

Pat Tierney with her fierce determination to protect a child that she barely knows had me absolutely hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't even imagine myself being in her place - a child put into her care. But not just any child, the child of her late-husband, a child she knew nothing about!! With her strength and courage, Pat takes charge of the situation and looks for a killer, while trying to keep Tommy safe.

I really enjoyed the pace of this book. It kept me guessing, and I didn't want the book to end because I was enjoying the suspenseful ride. I really hope there are going to be more books in this series, as I'd like to see what is in store for Pat Tierney and her family next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was an easy read but it kept me on my toes
This book was an easy read but it kept me on my toes! I couldn't wait until I could get back to it.
Published 7 days ago by Monica A Villalobos
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut!
Entertaining and thought-provoking, with a satisfying ending. A great debut that leaves you wanting to learn more about Pat Tierney and her (extended) family. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Penz Sheluk
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this book ....NO SPOILERS !!!!
I loved this book from.start to finished I loved all the characters and I'm so happy there is a second book in this series....well worth reading .... I read this from. Read more
Published 5 months ago by michelle baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer A Gleason
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
Hold onto your hats in this fast-paced thriller set in Canada. In Safe Harbor, Pat Tierney's world was turned upside-down, when Jude Seaton stepped inside her financial planning... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristen Howe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 8 months ago by DD
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Characters and plot very well-developed. Couldn't put it down! Hope there are more like this one to come...and soon! Great"
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Quick read, but not top notch. Nothing compelling about the writing or characters. There are a few interesting plot twists but ultimately fairly predictable.
Published 9 months ago by Duane K. Kromm
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
This was an entertaining read. There was a lot to like - characters, plot, etc. I can't say it was good enough for me to want to recommend it. Just average.
Published 10 months ago by Elaine J. Gooding
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Good read, kept my attention enjoyed the flow. Makes you wonder how much of this goes on in the world.
Published 11 months ago by pat poll
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More About the Author

Rosemary McCracken is a Canadian crime fiction writer. Her first Pat Tierney mystery novel, SAFE HARBOR, was shortlisted for Britain's Debut Dagger and published by Imajin Books in 2012. Its sequel, BLACK WATER, was released in 2013. "The Sweetheart Scamster," a Pat Tierney short story in the anthology THIRTEEN, was a 2014 Derringer finalist.
Jack Batten, the Toronto Star's crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat "a hugely attractive sleuth figure."
Visit Rosemary's blog,, and her website,

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