A Bad Day’s Work, the debut novel of former CNN staffer Nora McFarland, 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… This cozy mystery-with-an-edge is especially appealing because the characters are not typecast. Far from bland, their zaniness is reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. The next installment of this excellent new series can’t come soon enough.”
— BookPage, July 2010

“Lilly is smart and funny, and the cast of characters that surrounds her is well-developed…The story will keep readers guessing, and the ultimate culprit will come as a surprise to most.  This is a fun one; Lilly’s future escapades will be eagerly anticipated.”
— Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review, July 2010

“Welcome to Nora McFarland and her unforgettable heroine, Lilly, who’s as lovably dysfunctional as any character you’ll ever read! She’s funny, smart, and honest, albeit occasionally tactless – in short, fully human. Packed full of adrenaline and attitude, A BAD DAY’S WORK is a roller-coaster ride of a mystery. Don’t miss it!”
— LISA SCOTTOLINE, New York Times Bestselling Author of LOOK AGAIN 

“A wonderful debut novel! Action packed, with a heroine who’s sure to win your heart.”
— MARCIA MULLER, New York Times bestselling author of LOCKED IN

“McFarland’s debut, the first in a planned series, is often both amusing and touching as Lilly discovers both the truth about the murder and enough about herself to change her life.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2010

“McFarland, herself a former “shooter” for a Bakersfield TV station, nails the newsroom as well as her feisty, funny accidental sleuth…”
— Publisher’s Weekly, July 2010

“A breath of fresh air to the world of lighthearted mysteries, Nora McFarland offers readers a charming new series with the introduction of “A Bad Day’s Work”. Off the wall in the best way, McFarland never lets you see what is coming as one crazy antic swiftly follows another. The sequel to this excellent debut will be worth the wait.”
— Suspense Magazine, September 2010

“Fortunately for us, A Bad Day’s Work reflects many a good day’s work on the part of neophyte novelist Nora McFarland. Here’s hoping for more madcap exploits from Lilly Hawkins.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine, Online Exclusive, September 2010

“The action never stops in this first installment of a new mystery series. Lilly is surrounded by a colorful cast of characters, especially Uncle Bud, a scruffy homespun charmer.”
—, July 2010

August 25, 2010