Extract from The Evening’s Amethyst by M. K. Graff – Blog Tour

Today I am so excited to be shining a spotlight on The Evening’s Amethyst by M. K. Graff. Thank you to Zoe-Lee from https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours for organising this tour.

Synopsis

Who is Verity?

That becomes a central question for American Nora Tierney, who has moved to her new Oxford home with her fiancé, DI Declan Barnes, and her young son.

Declan’s new case at Exeter College coincides with a frantic call from Nora’s stepsister, Claire Scott: a fellow graduate student has died in a fall, and Claire begs Nora to help her prove her friend didn’t commit suicide.

The sisters conduct their own snooping, while Declan and his team juggle this death with a cold case that proves to be more surprising than Declan could ever imagine.

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Extract

“Let’s start with yesterday, say the afternoon.” Declan had learned that if he brought a witness back to a calm time before the disturbing event, they’d often have clearer, more accurate memories. “How did you spend it, and did you see Beatrice at all?”

            “Bea and I had our last meeting with Dr. Hamilton, a wrap up, really, as the semester is over and it’s exam week for the undergrads. We just need to hand in our final work. That ended near four, and we spent an hour so in the Radcliffe Camera cementing final research. Bea was finished, but she wanted to check at few details, she said.” Claire scrubbed her face with her hands. “We dropped our things and walked to the King’s Arms for an early meal. We had tickets to a concert I’d given Bea for her birthday, which had been last Sunday, but she doesn’t stick around on weekends. We saw Daughter, an indie folk trio she likes.” She grimaced. “Liked. It was a great evening together.”

            Nora handed out the teas and Declan allowed her to smoothly insert a question. “What did Bea do on her weekends?”

            Claire stirred her tea distractedly. “She went home to Cambridge for a nanny job. She’d arranged her coursework this term to have Fridays off, and left right after class Thursdays. She’d usually come back early Monday morning, said they needed her on weekends.” She raised her head and met Declan’s eye. “Bea was so kind; it was typical of her to arrange her schedule like that.”

            “Any idea of the name of this family she worked for?” he asked.

            Claire thought a moment before she shook her head. “She never said, now that I think about it, except for the little girl. Verity. Her name is Verity.”

Author Bio – M. K. Graff

Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. The Evening’s Amethyst is the fifth in the Nora Tierney series. Her short story “Quiche Alain” is in the Agatha-winning Malice Domestic Anthology, Murder Most Edible.


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