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Safe Harbor Paperback – Apr 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192699745X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926997452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Visit Rosemary's website at

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I found this to be a good read even if the mystery was pretty straight forward and the outcome rather predictable. The good guys like Pat Tierney and her daughters are all quite likeable, the Seaton family except for Norah are selfish, arrogant and snobbish, as would be expected, the bad guys are all as evil again as expected and Tommy and Maxie are especially great characters. Pat is a bit more believable as an amateur sleuth as she doesn't quite as often, as do most amateurs in these books, jump into dangerous situations with no back up and she does keep the police involved. The two bad guys came to appropriate and sort of predictable ends and the Tracy twist and the loose ends to the Tommy story of course are lead ins to the next book in the series, "Raven Lake" which I have all ready acquired and have on me TBR list. I think I have found another Canadian crime writer to add to my favourites list.
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This is a warm and engaging read...the kind in which you sneak a few sentences during the day, even though you only read crime fiction at night! The characters are warm, engaging and utterly familiar and believable. The Toronto setting also makes the plot feel very near, as do references to real street names and areas of the city. The crimes and layers of involvements and overlappings are current and realistic. I enjoyed this novel and have already moved on to the second, with a pre-order for the third. Thanks, Rosemary! Great writing!
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Investment advisor Pat Tierney has enough on her hands as a widowed mother of two young women. Imagine her surprise when stranger Jude Seaton enters her office and begs her to take her seven-year-old, Tommy, for a few days. Their lives are threatened, but the details aren't forthcoming. Jude seems respectable, a teacher at a parochial school working hard to pay the bills. As Pat refuses, a blockbuster revelation rocks her reality. Her dead husband, the love of her life, was the boy's father.

"I got up, went over to the window and looked out on the Toronto night. Christmas lights twinkled on Eglinton Avenue. The street looked exactly as it had for the past few weeks, but my world had changed beyond recognition.
Twisting the rings on my left hand, I studied my reflection in the glass. I saw a green-eyed blonde, hair artfully disarranged. Businesswoman, mother, a wife for nearly twenty years. A woman so stupid she didn't know her husband had been sleeping around. I swallowed back the bile that was rising in my throat."

Frantic Jude tosses down Tommy's belongings and disappears, pursued by her own demons. Or are they real? Pat is left to juggle slender clues as she first tries to find Jude and then must bargain with Seaton's wealthy family, who are reluctant to take the boy.

Flitting around the perimeters is the theme of international refugees. One of Pat's employees has Somalian connections. Pat encounters Sister Celia, who runs Safe Harbor to accommodate the refugees with shelter and legal help for their cases. Not only are they strangers in a strange land, but they may carry dangerous secrets from their previous lives. The sister seems a godsend, but other figures are stalking Pat as she tries to find a safe harbor for herself and the boy.
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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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