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Safe Harbor (A Pat Tierney Mystery Book 1)

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

Rosemary McCracken
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***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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GAM6PE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosemary McCracken is a Canadian journalist and fiction writer. Her first mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain's Debut Dagger in 2010, and published by Imajin Books in 2012. Rosemary divides her time between her home in Toronto and a stone cottage in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original premise and suspenseful read 9 Sep 2012
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Pat Tierney, a financial advisor used to solving her clients' problems, faces trouble of her own when she comes face to face with her late husband's love child. Not only has the boy's mother been murdered, but he's been dumped on Pat as his wealthy family wants nothing to do with him.

Safe Harbor is a quick, suspenseful read with a hint of romance, perfect for a lazy day on the couch. Rosemary McCracken weaves an interesting and original tale of international intrigue and I'm looking forward to her next book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and captivating mystery! 31 Mar 2012
By IngaKS
Format:Kindle Edition
My review:

Safe Harbor is a captivating book to read, once you have read the first pages, you are intrigued and want to know what is going to happen. This book is not only a mystery, but it touched so many other important topics like betrayal, protecting your family, human trafficking, international crime - it affects you on many different levels. Safe Harbor is well written, has an interesting plot and very enjoyable characters.

Regarding the plot:

Safe Harbor introduces you to a financial advisor Pat Tierney, who has a safe life: she has well-paid job, comfortable home and nice and quiet family life. It is all being changed when one day in the office she meets Jude. Jude is a young woman who reveals to Pat, that the little seven-year old boy is the son of Pat's recently died husband. It seems that Jude is concerned about the safety of her and her son's life and leaves Tommy at Pat's office promising to come back for her son after the threat is gone.

After that meeting everything changes for Pat, her life is turned upside down. Firstly, she is shocked and heart broken by the fact that her husband cheated on her and now needs to gather the pieces of a very hurtful knowledge. Besides that, Jude is found murdered and Pat also needs to take care of her husband's son whom she had no idea even existed.

Pat needs to make lot of quick and difficult decisions and since the threat for her own family and for Tommy is coming closer, she starts investigating why and who killed Jude and who are the persons behind wanting to kill Tommy. With persistent approach she is coming step by step closer to the killers and to the truth and it all points towards the refugee home Safe Harbor.

I really enjoyed the story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 24 July 2012
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I only bought this because it was free but I was hugely impressed, a real page turner. Would definitely recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 July 2014
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Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe Harbor 17 Sep 2013
By Mags
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I really enjoyed Safe Harbor. It was a little slow at the start but picked up and held my attention as the story progressed.

Very well written with a great storyline and extremely well-developed, likable (mostly) characters.

I would definitely read more books by this author, for a debut novel I thought this was a brilliant effort.

I have no trouble recommending it and award it 4 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a blockbuster but certainly a page-turner 9 Aug 2013
By Redders
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A solid three and a half stars from me because the story had a bit of everything that a middle aged, female protagonist needs in a drama filled fictional existence.
Pat was a strong character. Compassionate without being over emotional, amateur sleuth without turning into a CSI, a working Mum with an appreciation for music and an animal lover too. Come on ....she never asked to be involved in any of this.
The plot revealed itself at a good pace throughout the book. Not a blockbuster but certainly a page-turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Safe harbour 24 Mar 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Can't wait for next book to come out! Hope others enjoy this story as much as I did! There was any times I didn't want to put it down very gripping .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe harbour
Full of unexpected twists and turns. A really enjoyable read, once you start you just want to get to the end to see what happens.
Published 17 months ago by Evie
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit first draft
I liked the story but it felt a bit like I was reading a first draft. Also the lines of the protagonist were not clearly defined. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth Day
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading murder mystery
I got this book for free and I did enjoy it, its very easy reading. The story and characters dont have a great depth to them but you still want to read about them and find out what... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and extremely enjoyable
l was very surprised to find that this is the first published novel by author.
l want more!

this is a fantastic book - fast paced, well thought out plot, believable... Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by catwoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book. I felt the characters were believable and very strong. I liked the way the plot unfolded and also the way the heroine comes to realise that it's time to move... Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by G. Beech
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Safe Harbor
I am currently about 2/3rds of the way through the book and it has been fast moving and good changing mystery so far. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Engrossing and Enjoyable Read
A wonderfully engrossing and enjoyable read, I highly recommend escaping into this adventure with Pat Tierney, a thoroughly likeable protagonist. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Lisa De Nikolits
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