New Release: The Green Remains

the green remainsM.K. Graff is pleased to announce the release of her new mystery novel: The Green Remains.

American writer Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England’s Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children’s book and the birth of her first child. Choosing a name and checking proof pages with her illustrator, Simon Ramsey, fill her days—until a lakeside stroll leads her to discover the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.

 When Simon is implicated in the murder, Nora dives headfirst into the investigation to discover the real killer. As the body count rises, Nora and her unborn child face perils she never anticipated in this second Nora Tierney mystery.

The Green Remains was published by Bridle Path Press in April 2012. It is available in print from

The Beautiful Darkness

There was a time when all I wanted out of writing was to get the madness in my mind out. There are too many thoughts in there. A lot of them are not pleasant. So, I write and it somehow drains the bad ones out a little bit. Now, I write for lots of reasons, including money. But that brain drain is still important.

Someone who cares a lot about me questioned the logic of writing “dark” stories the other day. I love this person and respect their opinion. The argument was that, since I dabble in depression anyway, writing dark, bleak, sad, and sometimes depressing stories must be a bad idea. Continue reading “The Beautiful Darkness”

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The Closer

No, not THAT Closer…

The opening line of a book is given great importance, for it is that sentence which invites the reader to further investigation. But what of the closer? Is the last line of a book important?

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. –George Orwell, Animal Farm

After all, tomorrow is another day. –Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind Continue reading “The Closer”