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Today's guest blog is brought to us by Canadian author, VICKY DELANY!

 

Vicki Delany

 

Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was – and at that, only now and again – the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.

 

The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing.  She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario.  At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.

 

Since settling in Prince Edward County, Vicki has continued with her writing career, publishing books in three different sub-genres as well as a book for adults with low literacy skills.

 

The Constable Molly Smith Series, published by Poisoned Pen Press, optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures:

·         In the Shadow of the Glacier, 2007

·         Valley of the Lost, 2009

·         Winter of Secrets, 2009

·         Negative Image, 2010

·         Among the Departed, 2011

·         A Cold White Sun, 2013 (forthcoming)

The Klondike Gold Rush Series, published by Dundurn Press:

·         Gold Digger, 2009

·         Gold Fever, 2010

·         Gold Mountain, 2012

·         Gold Web, 2014 (forthcoming)

Standalone Novels of Suspense, published by Poisoned Pen Press:

·         Scare the Light Away, 2005

·         Burden of Memory, 2006

·         More Than Sorrow, 2012

Books for Reluctant Readers, published by Rapid Reads (Orca Press)

·         A Winter Kill, 2012

 

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.

 

Vicki majored in modern history at Carleton University, her interest more in the lives of ordinary women and men and the circumstances of their times than ‘big men’ and their wars.  It was on a canoeing trip in Algonquin Park that Vicki, realizing that she was doing for fun what people in the past would have considered a hardship, told her trip mates stories about the incredible difficulties people endured in their attempts to get to the Klondike in search of gold, and the idea for a series of Klondike Gold Rush mysteries was set.

 

Vicki is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and Capital Crime Writers, and is on the board of Wolfe Island’s Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival. (www.sceneofthecrime.ca)

 

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Smith & Winters Series

Among the Departed. Constable Molly Smith #5  

 

 

 

Fifteen years ago a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to her best friend Nicky Nowak’s house for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk. 

He was never seen again. 

It is now autumn in the mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Searching for a lost child in the wilderness a police dog discovers human remains. When Sergeant John Winters reopens the investigation into the disappearance of Brian Nowak he finds a shattered family and townsfolk desperate to keep their secrets.  Among the Departed is much more than a mystery novel: it is also a story of love - new and old, long-concealed, life-affirming and fatal.

Among the Departed hits a new high for author Vicki Delany. [M]ystery fiction that uses the genre as a creative tool for story telling that touches the spirit… Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

The beautiful setting nicely frames this village police procedural, which boasts well-delineated characters and combines police investigation with the life of cops on the beat. Booklist

 Delany (Negative Image, 2010, etc.) invigorates the cozy genre with an unsparing look at love in all its variations, including coming to terms with it the second time around. Kirkus Reviews 


 

 

Negative Image. Constable Molly Smith #4

 

When his wife’s former fiance is found dead of a gunshot to the back of the head, Sergeant John Winters is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: loyalty to his wife or to his job.

“Delany adds fine layers of intricacy and depth to the crimes, investigations, pacing and characters of Negative Image, so that by the end, those virtues have put her well within range of the most sterling of smart, talented crime writers.” London Free Press
 


Winter of Secrets: Constable Molly Smith #3

Christmas in Trafalgar, B.C. The skiing vacation of a group of rowdy students takes a tragic turn, and Smith and Winters discover that sometimes an accident isn’t as it first appears.

  “…a bare-bones style, without literary flash, to achieve artistry as sturdy and restrained as a Shaker chair. Warmth and menace, past and present, are nicely balanced, with a denouement that’s equally plausible and startling. This confident performance is sure to win new fans to the series.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review

 
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Valley of the Lost: Constable Molly Smith #2

Vicki Delany created a beautiful, idyllic, Canadian mountain village within the pages of her 2007 mystery, In The Shadow of the Glacier. And then she threw a dead body into the mix. Now this quiet village is once again in trouble in Valley of the Lost, and-as usual-it is up to Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters to sort out the crime before the villagers turn on each other.  
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 “…builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” - Publisher’s Weekly.

 In the Shadow of the Glacier: Constable Molly Smith # 1

Trouble is brewing in the small, bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. An American who came to Trafalgar as a Vietnam War draft dodger has left land and money to the town but there’s a catch: the money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers. This bequest has torn the close-knit, peaceful town apart. Then the body of a leading opponent is found in an alley, dead from a single blow to the head.
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“Delany writes with a painter’s landscape palette and a storyteller’s deft hand at spinning a good tale.”  - Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator.
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Klondike Mystery Series

 
Gold Fever: A Klondike Mystery
 

 

It’s the spring of 1898, and tens of thousands of people, from all corners of the globe, are flooding into the Yukon Territory in the pursuit of gold. The town of Dawson welcomes them all, except for the people who had been there first. When young Angus MacGillivray saves the life of a Native woman intent on suicide, he inadvertently sets off a chain of events that offers his mother’s arch-enemy Joey LeBlanc, the Madam with a heart of coal, the opportunity to destroy the Savoy Dance Hall once and for all. Unaware of impending danger, Fiona has other things on her mind: among the new arrivals are Martha Witherspoon, a would-be writer with far more tenacity than talent, and her nervous companion Euila Forester. There’s something familiar about Miss Forester’s cut-glass accent, and Fiona MacGillivray is determined to keep the newcomer as far away from Angus as possible.   

Twelve-year-old Angus, however, has a better idea.

 Meanwhile, Mrs. Mann, the landlady, fills the yard with steam and men’s underwear in her new laundry business; Ray Walker, co-owner of the Savoy, a tough littleGlasgow street fighter, spends most of his day mooning over Lady Irenee, the most popular dancer in town; Irene carefully guards her secrets; Sergeant Lancaster, the love-struck, ex-boxing champion, pursues his hopeless quest for Fiona’s hand; Journalist Graham Donohue digs the dirt looking for stories; Barney, one of the few successful miners, holds up his corner of the bar; and Constable Richard Sterling guards the morals of the town with steely determination and the occasional glance at Fiona’s ankles. And – joy of joys – a seamstress of unparalleled quality opens for business.

 All the while percentage girls and drunks, croupiers and gamblers, prostitutes and clients, bar hangers-on, Bishops and newspapermen, cheechakos and sourdoughs, and the infrequent respectable businessman walk, or fall, through the doors of the Savoy. 

 Then a killer strikes and the Mounties are determined to get their man… or woman. 

- From Rendezvous Crime

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GoldDigger: A Klondike Mystery
 
 It’s the spring of 1898 and Dawson, Yukon Territory, is the most exciting town in North America. The great Klondike Gold Rush is in full swing and Fiona MacGillivray has crawled over the Chilkoot Pass determined to make her fortune as the owner of the Savoy dance hall. Provided, that is, if her 12-year-old son, growing up much too fast for her liking; the former Glasgow street fighter who’s now her business partner; a stern, handsome NWMP constable; an ageing, love-struck, ex-boxing champion; a wild assortment of headstrong dancers, croupiers, gamblers, madams without hearts of gold, bar hangers-on, cheechakos and sourdoughs; and Fiona’s own nimble-fingered past don’t get to her first.And then there’s a dead body on centre stage.

 

- from Rendezvous Crime

Read an excerpt from the first Chapter

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More Than Sorrow  

 

More Than Sorrow

 

 

 

In A STARRED REVIEW Library Journal says: “In a change of pace from her Con. Molly Smith mysteries (Among the Departed), Delany has written a splendid Gothic thriller with a theme of strong women throughout history. Readers will be captivated by the haunted root cellar and how Delany contrasted one woman’s struggles in the past with the plight of contemporary refugees.”

New York Times Bestselling author Susanna Kearsley says, This clever mystery mingles past and present in an atmosphere as chilling as the subtle roll of mist across a field.”

MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press

 

Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent.  Today, she’s a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury.  Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister’s small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover.

As summer settles on the farm, she finds comfort in the soft rolling hills and neat fields as well as friendship in the company of Hila Popalzai, an Afghan woman also traumatized by war.

Unable to read the printed word, Hannah retreats into the attic and boxes of mouldy letters that have accumulated for more than two centuries.  As she learns about the original settlers of this land, Loyalist refugees fleeing the United States in 1784, she is increasingly drawn to the space beneath the old house.  More than carrots and potatoes, soups and jams, are down in the dark damp root cellar.

Hannah experiences visions of a woman, emerging from the icy cold mist. Is the woman real? Or the product of a severely damaged brain?

Which would be worse?

Then Hila disappears. When Hannah cannot account for her time, not even to herself, old enemies begin to circle.

In this modern Gothic novel of heart-wrenching suspense, past and present merge into a terrifying threat to the only thing Hannah still holds dear – her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

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Vicki’s Blogging Efforts:

 

Vicki blogs about the writing life, as she lives it, at One Woman Crime Wave

Vicki is part of the group blog 7 Criminal Minds, and the food blog Fatal Foodies

Vicki blogs on the First of every month at the Poisoned Pen Press authors blog.

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers.  Her popular Constable Molly Smith series (including In the Shadow of the Glacier and Among the Departed) have been optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures.  She also writes standalone novels of psychological suspense,as well asa light-hearted historical series, (Gold Digger, Gold Mountain), set in the raucous heyday of the Klondike Gold Rush.  

 

Vicki’s newest book is More than Sorrow, a modern Gothic thriller published by Poisoned Pen Press.

 

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki is settling down to the rural life in bucolic, Prince Edward County, Ontario where she rarely wears a watch.

 

Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com , www.facebook.com/vicki.delany, and twitter: @vickidelany. She blogs about the writing life at One Woman Crime Wave (http://klondikeandtrafalgar.blogspot.com

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The Return of the Gothic

 

By Vicki Delany

 

August 2012

 

At a panel at Left Coast Crime in Sante Fe in 2011, Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen bookstore, mentioned that the traditional British Gothic was back, in a new modern form.

Was I ever delighted to hear that.

Because I was writing one.  And that book, More than Sorrow, has just been released by Poisoned Pen Press.

Traditionally the Gothic novel meant crumbling Scottish castles, a penniless but determined governess, a handsome brooding aristocrat.  And a secret. Always a dark secret at the heart of the family and the story.  After many misunderstandings and initial mistrust the penniless governess and the handsome aristocrat would fall in love.

I’m sure many of you are now thinking fondly of the novels of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart that I also grew up loving.

Fast forward to 2012 and the Gothic novel has a modern face. The protagonist is not a penniless, family- less governess (she might not even be a woman – but usually is), probably not set in a crumbling castle, and lacks initially irritating aristocrats (today’s women know a façade when they see one.) But the heart of the Gothic novel remains.  I’ll leave it to Kate Morton, author of the hugely successful The House At Riverton to explain, as she does in the afterword to that book.

The haunting of the present by the past; the insistence of family secrets; return of the repressed; the centrality of inheritance (material, psychological and physical); haunted houses (particularly haunting of a metaphorical nature); suspicion concerning new technology and changing methods; the entrapment of women (whether physical or social) and associated claustrophobia; character doubling; the unreliability of memory and the partial nature of history; mysteries and the unseen; confessional narrative; and embedded texts. 

Do you notice the absence of what some consider to be an essential part of the Gothic? No mention of romance.

And that’s because the modern Gothic does not mean romantic suspense, but is much more likely to be a true thriller or mystery.  If there is a romance it is often very much in the background. In Morton’s The Forgotten Garden for example, the ‘romantic interest’ doesn’t even appear until about ¾ of the way through the book.  In S.J. Bolton’s Blood Harvest, there isn’t one.

Want a Gothic Thriller? In So Cold the River, Michael Koryta openly calls his book a Gothic.  No romance there.

Want a Gothic Mystery? Before the Poison by Peter Robinson (of Inspector Banks fame) is very much a Gothic in that it fits most of Morton’s criteria.   The protagonist is trying to unravel the mystery of a death that occurred some fifty years earlier in the house he has just moved into.  

A Modern Gothic definitely does not mean a vampire protagonist or a ghost hunter.  If there is a supernatural element it serves as a device to reveal the secrets of the past to the characters and the reader.  But there doesn’t have to be, and very often isn’t, any supernatural component.

The Gothic is sometimes believed to mean supernatural.  Not at all.  There’s sometimes a supernatural element that turns out to have a logical explanation (no, I won’t give any examples of that!)  there  is often no paranormal aspect, as in Kate Morton’s books. Perhaps there is as in, for example, Katherine Howe’s The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane .  And sometimes, it’s a question.  In More than Sorrow the protagonist, Hannah Manning, believes there’s something moving down in the dark damp root cellar. But Hannah is recovering from severe Traumatic Brain Injury. So, both the reader and Hannah wonder, is there really a woman down there, or is she only the hallucinations of an injured mind?

Which would be worse?

The Modern Gothic novel can have many different aspects but, to sum it all up (in my opinion at least) it has to have an old secret, it has to be set in a place with a long history (whether crumbling castles or 18th century Canadian farmhouses), it has to have character doubling (i.e. A character somewhere in the past who is experiencing some of the same things as the contemporary character – she might not know it, but the reader does).

The Modern Gothic is back.  As a reader, even more than a writer, I’m thrilled to see it.

 

 

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I loved your blog, Vicki. I'm glad the Gothic mystery is back as I have been brought up on Mary Stewart and the like. A good mystery set in a creepy place with a dark secret sounds good to me. Thanks for stopping by.

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Gasp!  This is a very hard site to navigate.  But I'm here now.  Thanks Becke for hosting me and thanks Maxcat for your kind words.   Vicki

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Welcome Vicki:

 

Started reading and enjoying it very much. Hope to finish it tonight. Enjoyed your blog too!

 

In the Shadow of the Glacier  

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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Gasp!  This is a very hard site to navigate.  But I'm here now.  Thanks Becke for hosting me and thanks Maxcat for your kind words.   Vicki


Vicki - Sorry you had trouble finding us. The site can definitely be tricky - I'm glad you were able to sign in okay!

 

I'm a big fan of gothic novels, so I'm glad to hear the genre is going strong!

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Welcome Vicki:

 

Started reading and enjoying it very much. Hope to finish it tonight. Enjoyed your blog too!

 

In the Shadow of the Glacier  


I visited the Canadian Rockies only once, but I'll never think of glaciers the same way again. The title is enough to hook me!

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I'm going to try to paste Vicki's newsletter here:

 

Vicki Delany's Summer 2012 Newsletter
Dear Friends and Readers

"IT'S A CRIME NOT TO READ DELANY" London Free Press

 

What a fabulous summer!

 

I'm sending a copy of my newsletter your way because we met over the course of my travels in the last few years or we've corresponded by e-mail.  If you don't want to receive any more of my newsletters, please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom!

 

It's been a wonderful summer here in Southern Ontario.  Hot and dry. Too dry, really, particularly for the farmers and the gardeners.  But great for lying around the pool or going to the beach.

 

Nights are getting colder and darker, and it's time to go back to work.   

 

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Scene of the Crime Festival
 
As every year, a highlight of my summer was the Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Festival. It was a fabulous day on the Island, the threatened rain stayed away, and it wasn't even too hot.  I led the workshop, which was titled Page One, Chapter One: Starting your Crime Novel with Impact and moderated the panel discussion with a great bunch of writers. 
 

Tomatoes, Tomatoes and more Tomatoes

 

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MORE THAN SORROW is set on a small-scale organic vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  The inspiration for J&J Farms in the book is the hugely popular Vicki's Veggies (www.vickisveggies.com).  Every Labour Day weekend, Vicki's hosts a heirloom tomato tasting extravaganza. This year, I took a table to meet people and talk about MORE THAN SORROW. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff lay out the goodies

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Customers flock to my table

 

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This is the shop on Vicki's farm. It plays an important role in MORE THAN SORROW

Events

 

I'll be having two launch parties for More than Sorrow.  The first is in Oakville, Ontario, on Sunday Sept 16th.  1:00 at the Moonshine Cafe, 137 Kerr Street.  Then at the Picton Library Sunday Sept. 23 2:00.

 

I'll be a featured author at the Alice Monro Readers and Writers Festival in Blyth, Ontario, Sept 29th. 

 

I'll be at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor on Wednesday Oct. 3rd at 6:00 PM, and then at Bouchercon in Cleveland, Oct 4 -7. 

 

It's Ottawa on Oct 20th to the new Prime Crime!

 

Then I'm off to Arizona and California later in the month for a book tour with Donis Casey.  Details will be posted at One Woman Crime Wave. 

 

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The housesitter will be busy! And the hats in heavy rotation!

 

 

 

Do you have an E-book Reader?

All of my books are available in all the major e-book formats:   

Kindle

Sony

Nook

Kobo

Many independent bookstores are offering e-formated books also. Why not see if your favourite store does?

 

 

Keep in Touch

 

Find me on Facebook:www.facebook.com/vicki.delany

(I also have a friend page on Facebook, so if you're on Facebook, why not friend me!)

 

I'm on Twitter @vickidelany

 

You can catch up with me at the Poisoned Pen Press author's blog the first day of the month, at 7 Criminal Minds on alternate Tuesdays, and One Woman Crime Wave when the inspiration strikes.

 

E-mail me any time at vicki@vickidelany.com. If you liked the books, please do let people know. 

 

Comments at Amazon and similar sites are important and appreciated.

 

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Vicki Delany

 

Let me introduce myself. I’m Vicki Delany and I’m a One Woman Crime Wave. I write the Constable Molly Smith series, a traditional village/police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior, the Klondike Gold Rush books, set in the Yukon in 1898, and modern novels of gothic suspense. For my full range of novels, including sample chapters and ordering information, please visit my web page: www.vickidelany.com
 

 

What's New

 

Now available: MORE THAN SORROW, a standalone novel of suspense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Delany has written a splendid Gothic thriller with a theme of strong women throughout history. Readers will be captivated by the haunted root cellar and how Delany contrasted one woman’s struggles in the past with the plight of contemporary refugees." Library Journal starred review

 

"resolves with a satisfyingly tense scene that brings the two strands subtly together."  Publishers Weekly 

 

 

 

"An absorbing whodunit-cum-flashbacks"… Kirkus Reviews

 

 

 

“a superb mystery that mixes the real historical events from Afghanistan and the American Revolutionary War into a tale about brain injuries, possible ghosts, terrorism, and crime"  Midwest Book Review 

 

 

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To read more or to order click here.

A Winter Kill

 

 On April 1st, my new book for reluctant readers,A Winter Kill, was published by the Rapid Reads imprint of Orca Publishers. Rapid Reads books are intended to be for those with low literacy skills, ESL, and anyone wanting a quick, fast read.  It should take about an hour to read - perfect for a short trip or while your e-reader is turned off on the airplane!

 

 

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To read more or to order, click here.

More That's New!

Poisoned Pen Press recently re-released my first two novels with them, Scare the Light Away andBurden of Memory with new editions and new covers. These books are standalone novels of suspense in the modern Gothic style. To order,click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith and Winters on TV?

 

It just might happen!

 

The Constable Molly Smith series has been optioned for TV!  That's right. The people at Brightlight Pictures who brought the Murdoch Mysteries and Blood Ties to TV have optioned Smith and Winters as a potential TV show.  Keep your fingers crossed! I'll let you know more when I do.  

 

 

 

 

Get Mail!

 

If you'd like a signed bookplate to stick in the front of your book and/or a bookmark, or bookmarks to hand out at the next meeting of your book club, drop me a line with your address and I'll send some off. I'll even pay the postage! 

 

Speaking of book clubs:  I enjoy visiting book clubs and libraries, so if you'd like to have me talk to your group, please let me know.  I'll drive pretty much anywhere in south or eastern Ontario or Upstate New York, and if if it's too far away, how about a Skype or phone call?

 

vicki@vickidelany.com

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From Vicky's newsletter:

 

"IT'S A CRIME NOT TO READ DELANY" London Free Press

 

Let me introduce myself. I’m Vicki Delany and I’m a One Woman Crime Wave. I write the Constable Molly Smith series, a traditional village/police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior, the Klondike Gold Rush books, set in the Yukon in 1898, and modern novels of gothic suspense. For my full range of novels, including sample chapters and ordering information, please visit my web page: www.vickidelany.com

 

 

Trip to the North

 

In June, I had a great trip to Canada’s far north with my friend and fellow writing Barbara Fradkin.  We were honoured to be guest authors at the NorthWords Literary Festival in Yellowknife, and then went on to the Yukon and Alaska for a whirlwind book tour.  We gave talks in museums and libraries, visited bookstores and service clubs, and drove hundreds of kilometers.  And had great fun.  We even gave a reading in the parking lot of a bookstore. A first for me.  

 

The purpose of the trip was mainly to promote Barbara’s new book, The Whisper of Legends, which is set on the Nahanni River in the NWT, and my Klondike Gold Rush series.  Reports from back home were of nothing but cold rain, while we basked in the 20 degree plus sunshine of the North. 

 

The Whisper of Legends  

 

A Cold White Sun

 

 

 

It’s the end of March and Trafalgar, British Columbia is preparing for the last influx of skiers for the season.  Schools are closed for a week:  teachers, parents, and students are preparing to relax at home or head off on vacation.

 

 

 

But for Cathy Lindsay, the week of relaxation doesn’t work out as planned when she’s gunned down by a sniper on the hiking trail high above town, her small dog the only witness.

 

Cathy Lindsay: middle-age, middle-class, small town resident, high school English teacher, married mother of two. 

 

 

 

An unlikely candidate for a murderous ambush.  As Sergeant John Winters begins his investigation he finds himself frustrated at every turn.  Why would anyone want to kill Cathy? She was a respected teacher, in an apparently solid marriage to an Internet developer, living a quiet life. 

 

 

 

  Winters, with the help of young Constable Molly Smith, digs deep into the Lindsay marriage and friendships, searching for a motive, but one thought continually niggles at the back of his mind:  Is it possible this was a random killing or a case of mistaken identity?  

 

 

 

And if so, who in the small, close-knit community might be next?

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, on the double black diamond runs of the Blue Sky resort, Molly Smith meets a handsome, charming man, as good as skier as she is, and she realizes it’s time to make some serious decisions about the direction of her  life – both personal and professional. 

 

Scene of the Crime

This year at the Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Mystery Lovers Festival, I'll be interviewing Andrew Pyper (The Demonologist). I'm a great admirer of Andrew's psychologically intense books, and I'm really looking forward to it. 

 

Tickets are still available atwww.sceneofthecrime.ca.   

Remember: In 2012 Quill and Quire called Scene of the Crime one of the top five literary festivals in Canada. For value and setting alone, it can't be beat.

 

Bloody Words 2014

 

It seems a long time until June 2014, but it's never too early to mark your calendars. http://bloodywords.com/2014.html
The theme is Dance Macabre, Historical Mysteries and the Dance of Death. 
 
Sounds just great! And, the Canadian Guest of Honour is - me! 
 
I just might have to buy a new hat for the occasion. 
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What a strange summer this is.  

 

I'm sending a copy of my newsletter your way because we met over the course of my travels in the last few years or we've corresponded by e-mail.  If you don't want to receive any more of my newsletters, please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom!

 

It's been a mighty strange summer here in Southern Ontario.  Veering from excessively hot and humid one week to too-cold-to-swim the next.

 

After two years the newest Smith/Winters book has just been released. Called A COLD WHITE SUN, it might suit this summer as much as a B.C. winter. 

 

A Cold White Sun  

 

A Cold White Sun

 

The newest book in the Constable Molly Smith Series.  
 

6th in her critically acclaimed Constable Molly Smith series, A COLD WHITE SUN places Vicki Delany's marvelous storytelling on full display.  Delany's formidable Canadian sleuth, Molly Smith, pits her skills against an ice-cold killer, just as her personal life heats up.  I love this series!
Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS

 
Publishers Weekly:  "solid... the author’s quietly competent sketch of police work in a small town will keep readers turning the pages"

 

 
Booklist: "Another brisk whodunit in a beautiful western Canadian setting with an appealing protagonist in Molly, whose personal life gets as much attention as her professional one."
 
Sleuth of Baker Street Staff Pick: "Delany breaks the reader’s heart with details"
 

Bestsellers World: "With believable characters and real-life problems, this novel is a fast-paced mystery. I definitely look to more novels by this marvelous author."

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Update from VICKI DELANY's Newsletter

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“The only remaining mystery at the end is why Vicki Delany isn’t yet as famous a crime writer, both nationally and internationally, as such fellow Canadians as Louise Penny or Linwood Barclay. Maybe this is the novel to fix that — and send readers in search of her backlist, as well.” London Free Press on A COLD WHITE SUN

 

As I write this, it's still a few days until winter begins. But the temperature yesterday was a brisk -27 C (with a windchill of -37) and the snow is heavy on the ground. 

 

One wonders how low the temperature can actually go when real winter arrives!

 

Just in time for Christmas, Dundurn Press has released the fourth Klondike Gold Rush book, GOLD WEB. The book is set in a nice hot July of 1898!