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Vacationing with RCMP Sgt Ray Robertson by Vicki Delany

Vacation time!

I’m in Turks and Caicos for two weeks of vacation. And, boy do I need it.

I love my job, working with the UN, trying to introduce modern policing methods to fragile states. But it can be tough work, both physically and emotionally. First I was stationed in South Sudan and then in Haiti. I loved being in both those places, but sometimes a man needs a hot bath and a cold drink.

I loved the people (most of them) that I met there, but a man defiantly needs his family. My wife Jenny isn’t able to come on posting with me. Too dangerous for families.

She’s not too happy about that. And I understand. She’s stuck at home in Canada, managing the fort, dealing with the kids, running the details of our lives. I’m worried that she’s going to issue an ultimatum one of these days. I give up either UN policing or my marriage.

This vacation is a treat for her. Frankly, I’ve had enough of heat and sun, thank you very much. At my place in Haiti, I even have a pool (and a pool “boy” to look after it for me). Nothing I’d have loved more for my vacation than to head for the mountains of British Columbia for some good powder skiing. Feel the cold clear air on my face, hear the snow crunch beneath my boots.

But Jenny’s had enough of winter, and I knew she wouldn’t exactly jump at the idea of more of it.

So here we are. Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. It’s a fabulous island, with great hotels, top-class restaurants, nice people, a low crime rate. Grace Bay has many times been voted the world’s best beach. Did I mention expensive? Gulp. But I figure my marriage is worth it.

Somehow, much as I try,  it seems that the job can’t leave me alone. I found that man’s body on the beach this morning, while I was out for my jog. The police are handling it. They seem like a competent lot (they should be, they were trained by Canadians!)

Maybe I’ll just give them a quick call. Check in and see what they’ve learned. Jenny’s out. If I do it now, she’ll never know.

Blood and Belonging is the third Sgt Ray Robertson novella published by Orca Press. Rapid Reads novellas are written for adults with literacy difficulties, ESL students, reluctant readers, and those just wanting a quick, fast-paced read.

RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson is in the Turks and Caicos Islands, enjoying two weeks of leave from his job training police in Haiti with the UN. On an early-morning jog along famed Grace Bay Beach he discovers a dead man in the surf. Ray is shocked to recognize the body as that of one of his Haitian police recruits. To his wife’s increasing dismay, Ray is compelled to follow the dead man’s trail and finds himself plunged into the world of human trafficking and the problems of a tiny country struggling to cope with a desperate wave washing up on its shores.

The first Ray Robertson book, Juba Good, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award, A Derringer Award and a Silver Oak award from the Ontario Library Association.

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About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-four published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, the Year Round Christmas Mysteries, and books for adult literacy. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series. Her newest novel is Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect with Vicki at www.vickidelany.com, on Facebook, and Twitter at @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Blood and Belonging is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

A day in the life of Gemma Doyle by Vicki Delany

elementary-she-read“Don’t you?”

I have to remember to stop saying that. Jayne says it annoys people when I point out things they’ve overlooked. I think that if people don’t bother to observe the things around them, then they shouldn’t fault me for doing so.

But, I’ll try to behave in future.

My name is Gemma Doyle and I am the owner and manager of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium located at 222 Baker Street, West London, Massachusetts. Along with my best friend Jayne Wilson, I also own Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door at number 200 Baker Street.

Jayne also says I can be exasperating to be around. I have to try to remember not to be that too.

I came back from my regular afternoon partners’ meeting with Jayne over tea and scones next door and had the following conversation with my shop assistant, Ruby:

I gave the shop a quick glance before slipping behind the counter to help pop items into paper bags with our store logo on them.

“I’m going to have to reorder The Beekeeper’s Apprentice,” I said to Ruby. “I see you had a rush on it. As well as four of the boxed sets of the complete canon. And that hideous Robert Downey Jr. puzzle moved at long last. Nice to see the Jeremy Brett poster was sold, and three sets of playing cards and two of that Scotland Yard game.” The game didn’t actually have anything to do with Sherlock, but we pretended it did.

“The puzzle didn’t sell,” Ruby said. “I put the mugs on top of it.”

I was horrified. “How many times have I told you, don’t do that. How am I supposed to keep inventory if things are always moving around?”

“Most people these days keep their inventory on the computer,” Ruby said.

“The computer is a functioning backup,” I admitted.

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany

Even my attempts at keeping track were for naught when that woman’s bridge group bus tour hit the shop. They touched everything, moved almost everything, put things back where they didn’t belong. But all was forgiven when they bought and bought and bought, everything from original Conan Doyle books to the latest pastiche novel to a Benedict Cumberbatch action figure and a set of mugs.

Finally, they left and we have to tidy up.

What’s this concealed in the magazine rack? It’s not ours, and it wasn’t here earlier. It looks very old.

It couldn’t possibly be. . . Could it?


You can read more about Gemma in Elementary, She Read, the first book in the NEW “Sherlock Holmes Bookshops” mystery series.

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany.

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About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-four published vicki-delanycrime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, the Year Round Christmas Mysteries, and books for adult literacy. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Connect with Vicki at www.vickidelany.com, on Facebook, and Twitter at @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Elementary, She Read. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends March 15, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Elementary, She Read is available at retail and online booksellers.

Merry Wilkinson and the Grinch in America’s Christmas Town by Vicki Delany

We Wish You a Murderous ChristmasWhew! I’m glad that’s over. The investigation into the murder of Nigel Pierce was solved and the reputation of Rudolph, New York as American’s Christmas Town was saved! (see Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen).

The lead up to Christmas Day isn’t exactly relaxing for me, seeing as to how I own a shop called Mrs. Claus’ Treasures on Jingle Bell Lane, but it is nice to have that nasty business no longer hanging over me or my best friend Vicky Casey, owner of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, my favourite place for lunch and guilty treats.

Although . . . Rumours are swirling around town about Gord Olsen and his plans. Gord’s father Jack owns the Yuletide Inn, one of the nicest hotels in Rudolph. The gardens adjoining the inn are a major tourist attraction, winter and summer.

Jack had a heart attack, a bad one, and Gord has been summoned from California to help run the inn. I remember Gord Olsen from back in high school. Let’s just say that he doesn’t seem to have changed much, personality wise.

Anyway, as I said rumours are flying. Burley men in construction boots have been seen stomping around the gardens, jotting down notes and measuring things, and other men in suits and ties have sat at tables in the Elves’ Lunch box consulting mysterious binders stuffed full of papers and drawings.

Rumours say they are here from Fine Budget Inns and Mega-Mart.

The Yuletide Inn –quaint, charming, historic — is one of the highlights of Rudolph and people come from far and wide to visit the beautiful gardens.

Some of the townspeople are not happy at the thought that Gord might be planning to sell the place out from under his father. Not the least of whom is my own father, Noel, our town’s official Santa Claus and one of the its biggest boosters.

Dad was heard to threaten Gord if he goes ahead with his plans. I sure hope nothing happens to escalate the situation.

Is there a Grinch in America’s Christmas Town? Can Christmas be saved? Find out in We Wish You A Murderous Christmas.


We Wish You a Murderous Christmas is the second book in the Year-Round Christmas mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, November 2016.

A grinch is spoiling the holiday cheer and causing fear in the latest from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. . .

It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack’s health failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn.

But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods.

When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays. . .

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About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect with Vicki at www.vickidelany.com, on Facebook, and at @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of We Wish You a Murderous Christmas. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends November 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!