Under Cold StoneLove in the later years is a wonderful thing. None of that dreadful insecurity or paralyzing worries about not being pretty enough or thin enough. What will your parents think of him? Most important of all: what will your friends think of him? And is he really in love with you or just after… you know?

Late-in-life love is a more gentle thing, between two people who’ve done all, accomplished what they want in life (or not!), and content in their own bodies and their own heads. My parents aren’t around any more to mind or not, and it wouldn’t matter if they did, and as for my friends: I know they call us the Odd Couple, and I couldn’t care less.

And if he is just after… you know? Well, here’s a secret – so am I.

But there are new challenges, like how will your children react? What will his children think of you? Fitting an established independent life into someone else’s priorities and routines.

I’m Lucky Smith, old-time hippy, marijuana-legalization activist, anti-war demonstrator, defender of the environment. He’s Paul Keller, Chief Constable of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Paul and I have known each other for a long time. On many occasions we’ve been on opposite sides of the barricades – figuratively as well as literally.

This is our first vacation together as a couple, Paul and I. I’m a widow after a long very happy marriage; Paul is divorced after an equally long, but not very happy, marriage. We’re spending Thanksgiving weekend in Banff National Park at the amazing, wonderful, luxurious Banff Springs Hotel. Just relaxing, waking the grounds, reading, dining in the restaurants, taking a few gentle wilderness hikes. And lots of… you know.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to be away for Thanksgiving, but Paul talked me into it and I’m glad we came. My daughter, Moonlight, who now calls herself Molly, will be in charge of her own Thanksgiving table this year. I’ve left her all my recipes and plenty of tips. I hope she can manage, although I think she’s taking on far too much trying to do the full meal the first time by herself, and for only her and Adam.

Moonlight is one of Paul’s officers. That makes things awkward sometimes, and I know she’s embarrassed about it. But I think she’s starting to come around and to be happy for me.

So, all in all, it’s going to be a marvellous weekend. I only hope that incident at breakfast this morning, when Paul’s estranged son, Matt, insulted me and almost got into a fight with his father, doesn’t come back to haunt us.

You can read more about Lucky in Under Cold Stone, the seventh book in the popular “Constable Molly Smith” mystery series, published by Poisoned Pen Press. The first book in the series is Shadow of the Glacier. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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About the author
Juba goodVicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Under Cold Stone is the seventh book in the popular Constable Molly Smith series from Poisoned Pen Press, will be released in April. The same day Orca Press will release her newest Rapid Reads book, a novella for “reluctant readers” titled Juba Good, about an RCMP officer in South Sudan. Her first Rapid Reads book, A Winter Kill, was shortlisted for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for best novella.

Vicki DelanyVicki is proud to have been chosen as Canadian guest of honour for Bloody Words, the Canadian mystery conference, June 6-8, 2014. Click here for more information.

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki enjoys the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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