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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.

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  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GAM6PE
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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."
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Diane Rapp on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Linda Cahill on March 30, 2012
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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 By Marny on May 17, 2012
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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 By Cozy Reader on December 23, 2012
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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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