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Pat Tierney is a hugely attractive sleuth figure.

Jack Batten, Toronto Star

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About Rosemary

Rosemary McCracken has drawn upon her knowledge of personal finance and the financial services industry to create her Pat Tierney protagonist. Jack Batten, the Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, has called Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.”

Rosemary’s first Pat Tierney mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Debut Dagger award and was published by Imajin Books in 2012. Black Water, the second mystery in the series, was released in 2013, followed by Raven Lake in 2016 and Uncharted Waters in 2020. “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney short story in the anthology Thirteen, was a 2014 finalist for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer award.

Born and raised in Montreal, Rosemary has a master’s degree in English literature, and she has earned her living from writing and editing all her adult life. As a journalist, she worked as a reporter, editor and editorial writer on newspapers across Canada for 25 years. She has written about and reviewed the arts at the Calgary Herald, and has reported on business news in Toronto. As a Toronto-based freelance journalist, she has specialized in personal finance, and she has taught novel writing at George Brown College.

Rosemary’s short fiction has been appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Kings River Life and Room of One’s Own, and been published in anthologies released by Crime Writers of Canada, the Toronto chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, Bouchercon and Malice Domestic.


Rosemary is a member of Sisters in Crime Toronto, Sisters in Crime International, Crime Writers of Canada, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Mesdames of Mayhem.

Pat Tierney Mysteries

Safe Harbor (Book 1)

A frightened woman barges into financial advisor Pat Tierney’s office with a shocking request: Look after my boy; he’s your late husband’s son.

Black Water (Book 2)
When Pat Tierney's daughter asks her to help find Tracy's partner, their mother-daughter relationship is stretched to the limits.

Raven Lake (Book 3)

Murder, jealousy, fraud, deceit—welcome to Canadian cottage country!

Uncharted Waters (Book 4)

When Pat Tierney purchases a small financial planning practice, she knows she’s venturing into uncharted waters. She soon discovers they are teeming with sharks.

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