Monday, January 24, 2011

Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific crime writers. She writes everything from standalone novels of psychological suspense such as Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory, to the Constable Molly Smith books, a traditional village/police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior, including In the Shadow of the Glacier and Negative Image, to a light-hearted historical series, Gold Digger and Gold Fever, set in the raucous heyday of the Klondike Gold Rush. 
Winter of Secrets received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and about Negative Image, the Sherbrooke Record said, Delany is steadily making her way toward the top tier of Canadian crime writers, and readers can only hope for more. 

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. The next book in the Constable Molly Smith series, Among the Departed, will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in May 2011.

You can read her short story "My Seat" here.

You read more about her, you can visit her blog or her author page.

Books by Vicki Delany

The Constable Molly Smith series:

Among the Departed (coming May 2011)--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. A police dog is called out to help in the search for a child lost in the wilderness. The dog uncovers something else: human remains.
When Sergeant John Winters reopens the investigation 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. 
Negative Image--What would you do if you believe the person you trust most in the world has betrayed you? What would you do if you discover that the person you trust most in the world believes you capable of betrayal?
When his wife’s former fiancé is found dead of a single shot to the back of the head, Trafalgar police Sergeant John Winters is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: loyalty to his job or to his wife. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes the heart of Constable Molly Smith’s family. 
Winter of Secrets--Christmas in Trafalgar, B.C. The skiing vacation of a group of rowdy students takes a tragic turn when their car plunges into the icy river. Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters discover that sometimes an accident isn’t as it first appears, and no amount of privilege and help you cheat death. 
Valley of the Lost--In the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. Marks of restraint indicate that the death might not have been completely accidental. Only two things are known about the dead woman: her first name is Ashley, and she has a three-month-old baby boy. Before the police can discover who killed her, and why, the first have to find out who she was. 
In the Shadow of the Glacier--A draft dodger commemoration is threatening to tear apart the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, B,C., while Rookie Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters search for a killer. The first in first in a traditional mystery series featuring Constable Smith, Sergeant Winters, and the town in the shadow of the glacier, Trafalgar, British Columbia

The Klondike Gold Rush Series:

Gold Fever--It’s the great Klondike Gold Rush, and Fiona MacGillivray and the Savoy Dance Hall are busier than ever. There’s something familiar about an arrival’s accent, and Fiona is determined to keep the woman away from her son Angus, but Angus has a better idea. When a dancer is murdered after an altercation with Fiona, the Mounties are determined to get their man – or woman. 
Gold Digger--Gold Digger is a light-hearted historical mystery, peopled with the array of intrepid characters who flooded into the Klondike to make Dawson, in its very short heyday, the most exciting town in the world. At the centre of the hullabaloo is Fiona MacGillivray: ambitious, resourceful, unscrupulous, and (as she says so herself) the most beautiful woman in Dawson.

Standalone Novels of Suspense

Burden of Memory--September 1939: A beautiful Irish maid realizes that her scheming has led to a fatal mistake. A plain, but determined, nursing sister prepares to head for Europe, and war.
September 2006: Elaine Benson arrives at Muskoka’s Millionaires’ Row to assist an elderly woman with the writing of her memoirs, and unwittingly combines the separate threads of three tragedies into a dangerous knot. 
Scare the Light Away--Interweaves two generations of strong women – an English war bride and her Canadian daughter – into a quilt of old betrayals, modern mystery, and contemporary redemption.
This time Rebecca can’t run away from her family’s troubles: a Hope River girl has gone missing and her brother stands accused.

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