BOOK BITES: Death Unscripted

Just last week, I listened to THE BLUE VIRGIN by M.K. Graff on Audible. I totally fell in love with Nora Teirney, the series’s pregnant amateur sleuth—and I am currently listening to book 2 in the series, THE GREEN REMAINS. How excited was I to discover that M.K. Graff has another mystery series—one set in Manhattan! Today, M.K. Graff shares a “bite” from DEATH UNSCRIPTED: A Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery (Bridle Path Press, Sept. 2015).

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Who is your main character? What is she like?

Trudy Genova, RN, is a nurse with a dream job: she’s a medical consultant for a movie studio, which means she shows up in her jeans and comfy clothes to work with actors and directors on medical scenes for television and movies filming in New York. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies. She’s single, nosy, friendly, charming, and stubborn—and she loves reading mysteries and hopes to one day write one, so she studies people for potential characters.  

What would Trudy choose for her last meal?

Pizza and potato pancakes: Having an Italian dad and German mom has given her a taste for foods of both cultures.

How about you? What would you choose for your last meal?

Medium-rare steak, baked potato with cheese and butter and bacon, Caesar salad. Hey, it’s my last meal, who cares about fat? And bacon is my favorite food group!

Why should someone bite into DEATH UNSCRIPTED?

This is the book the Queen of Mystery, P D James, a mentor and friend, insisted I had to write. It’s based on my favorite position as a nurse of 30 yrs, before I left to write full time. She felt readers love a behind-the-scenes look at different worlds. In DU, Trudy’s working on the set of a soap opera when the actor she’s working with dies suddenly during taping—but not before pointing his finger accusingly at her! DU is available in trade paperback and as an ebook.

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share?

Trudy likes to have friends over to her West Side apartment and often serves this easy-to-make cheese ball for them:


1+1/2 packages (12 oz total) cream cheese
1 small can crushed pineapple (well drained)
powdered sugar (to taste- approximately 2-3 Tbsp.)
green onion
(optional-to taste, approximately 2 Tbsp.)
chopped ham (optional-to taste, approximately 3 Tbsp. I used deli meat ham chopped finely)
chopped pecans (approx. 1 cup)

Combine all ingredients together. Mash into a ball and chill one hour. Then roll in crushed pecans. Refrigerate until served. Serve with crackers you like and enjoy. Great with prosecco!

Thank you so much! I am really looking forward to biting into DEATH UNSCRIPTED.

You can connect with M.K. Graff on her website, where she also posts crime fiction reviews. DEATH UNSCRIPTED, and Graff’s other novels can be found at and on AMAZON.  

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