Rosemary McCracken


Rosemary McCracken has worked on newspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts reviewer, editorial writer and editor. She is now a Toronto-based freelance journalist who specializes in personal finance and the financial services industry.
Rosemary’s first Pat Tierney mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012. Its sequel, Black Water, was released in 2013, followed by Raven Lake in 2016. Jack Batten, the Toronto Star's crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat "a hugely attractive sleuth figure."
Rosemary has had short stories published in Room of One's Own, Mother Margaret and the Rhinoceros Cafe, The Whole She-Bang I, World Enough and Crime, Thirteen, 13 O'Clock; Destination: Mystery!, 13 Claws, Passport to Murder: Bouchercon Anthology 2017, and Mystery Weekly. Her short story "The Sweetheart Scamster" in Thirteen was a finalist for a Derringer Award in 2014.
Rosemary lives in Toronto and teaches novel-writing at George Brown College.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write mystery/suspense novels?
I started out trying to write mainstream/literary novels, and soon realized I needed to learn more about plotting. I thought the exercise of structuring a mystery novel, which I knew relies heavily on plot, would be a good learning experience. I began reading crime fiction and I started writing it. And I fell in love with the genre. A problem is set out at the beginning of a novel, and by the end some sort of resolution, however temporary it may prove to be, is reached.
What prompted you to write the Pat Tierney series?
I had to decide upon a central character for my crime fiction series. I didn’t want that character to be a journalist—too close to home for me.

But my journalism background had a role to play in developing the character of Pat Tierney. For the past several years, I have been focusing on personal finance and the financial services industry. I interview financial advisors and investment managers. I attend their conferences. I knew the issues they face and the concerns they have.

As a result, the character of Pat Tierney appeared full-blown in my mind. She has the traits of the people I admire most in the industry. She cares about her clients. She’s a champion on small investors. She has sleepless nights markets are down.
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Where to find Rosemary McCracken online


Black Water - Second Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,120. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Pat Tierney's daughter, Tracy, asks her to help find Tracy's partner, Jamie Collins, their mother-daughter relationship is stretched to the limits. Pat heads out to cottage country where an elderly man, who killed Jamie’s sister in an impaired driving accident ten years ago, has perished in a suspicious fire. Unfortunately, Jamie is the prime suspect.
Safe Harbor - Second Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,200. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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. 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.
Raven Lake
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,710. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Murder, jealousy, fraud, deceit—welcome to cottage country! Financial planner Pat Tierney’s dream vacation in cottage country turns into a nightmare when the body of an elderly woman is discovered in a storage locker. Pat’s friend, Bruce Stohl, is the murdered woman’s son, and when he is pegged by police as their prime suspect, Pat rallies to find his mother’s killer.

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