"An unforgettable heroine... Funny, smart and honest. Packed full of adrenaline and attitude. Don't miss it."

—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times Bestselling author of Look Again 


"McFarland, herself a former "shooter" for a Bakersfield TV station, nails the newsroom as well as her feisty, funny accidental sleuth..." 

—Publisher's Weekly


About the Author

Nora McFarland is the author of The Lilly Hawkins Mysteries and is on the board of directors of Mystery Writers of America. She’s worked in national news at CNN as well as local news in Bakersfield, Calif.—where her books are set! She has an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Praise for Nora's Books

“A Bad Day’s Work… is more than a compelling mystery—it’s a unique glimpse into the life of a small-town television news photographer. The story of Lilly Hawkins of Bakersfield, California, may be fiction, but the author’s fresh voice and careful attention to detail make the intrigue real…” 

BookPage, July 2010

“Fun, funny, tautly suspenseful, and very smart. Lilly Hawkins is irresistible.
I couldn’t put it down.”

Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of Dog on It

“Lilly, with her humanizing flaws, is both smart and strong-willed, and this adrenaline-fueled sequel ought to win her more fans.”


“Nora McFarland's writing cuts to the quick, peeling layers of painful family truths. The story's gritty, but shot through with humor."

The Florida Times-Union

“Lilly Hawkins, every reader’s favorite determined and dedicated (not to mention, hysterical) news photographer, is back. And this time around, the mystery she has to uncover is extremely personal.”

Suspense Magazine

“McFarland, herself a former 'shooter' for a Bakersfield TV station, nails the newsroom as well as her feisty, funny accidental sleuth…”

Publisher's Weekly

About the Lilly Hawkins Mysteries

A fast-paced and funny mystery series starring a wonderfully flawed TV news photographer.Working as a shooter at her hometown television station, Lilly Hawkins documents Bakersfield’s most violent crimes and tragic accidents. To stay sane she’s developed a wicked sense of humor and a very thick skin, both of which are challenged when stories strike close to home.