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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!

A Day in the Life of Constable Molly Smith by Vicki Delany

Unreasonable DoubtI never planned to become a police officer. It wasn’t something I dreamt about when I was a little girl. As the child of a 60s radical hippy mother and a Vietnam War draft-dodging father, it would have been pretty much unthinkable.

But things have a way of changing and when life as I’d planned it came off the rails, I found myself applying. And, to my considerable surprise, being accepted.

As it turned out, that was a pretty good decision.

I love the job. I love helping people in my community, I love taking down the bad guys. I like the variety; no two days are the same, that’s for sure. I’m proud to be part of the thin blue line, and I like the people I work with.

Most of them.

I’m lucky that by the time I came along, women were an accepted part of any police department. I didn’t have to fight to be accepted because of my gender, and I didn’t have anything to prove beyond what we all had to prove.

I know that’s not the way things are everywhere. I hear stories of women working in departments where they’re not welcome and sexual harassment still happens, sad to say. It’s not only the older guys who don’t think women can do the job. Some of the young ones seem to have crawled out from under rocks.

But, here in Trafalgar, it’s been a pretty good gig. I’ve got my partner’s back and I know he’s got mine.

Until today.

Dave Evans has never liked me much. I don’t take it too personally; he’s a pretty sour guy all around. But now he’s up to something. He deliberately disobeyed a direct order of our Chief Constable, Paul Keller. I know, and Dave knows I know.

The question for me is, what do I do about it? Do I betray my colleague and thus the thin blue line? Do I rat him out, because it’s the right thing to do?

I no longer feel that Constable Dave Evans has my back. And that is not a good place to be, not out on the streets.


Unreasonable Doubt is the eighth in the Constable Molly Smith series from Poisoned Pen Press, February 2016.

What would it be like to return to your hometown after twenty-five years in prison for a crime you have maintained you did not commit? And why would you?

Walter Desmond is back in Trafalgar, British Columbia, having been officially exonerated when new evidence showed corruption at worst, incompetence at best, by the Trafalgar City Police conducting the investigation. His pitbull attorney is seeking five million in damages from the provincial government. But Walt has not returned to Trafalgar to pursue money or revenge. He just wants to know the why of it.

The family of the murdered girl, Sophia D’Angelo, is bitterly determined to see Walt returned to prison—or dead. But for Trafalgar’s police, including Sergeant John Winters and Constable Molly Smith, the reality is: if Walter didn’t kill Sophia, someone else did.

So, case reopened. It lands on Winters’ desk. The records are moldering. One investigating officer is dead, the other is retired—and not talking. The police are instructed to treat Walt as if he’d never been arrested or convicted. Someone else apparently killed Sophia, someone still walking free.

But too many minds remain closed. It’s good luck for Walt that a group of women in town for the dragon boat race are staying in the B&B where he’s booked, women with no local prejudices. But then a townswoman, then a boat woman, are attacked by a rapist, the media gets active, and tempers dangerously flare.

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About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers, author of more than twenty Vicki Delany2published books (so far). Under the pen name Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library mystery series set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and as Vicki Delany, the Year Round Christmas mysteries, both for Penguin Random House. A former computer programmer and systems analyst, Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County Ontario. She is the current President of Crime Writers of Canada. Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

A Day in the Life of Merry Wilkinson by Vicki Delany

Rest Ye Murdered GentlemenWhat day is today? Why it’s Christmas, of course.

You are probably checking the calendar and wondering what on earth I’m talking about, but let me explain.

In Rudolph, New York, we love Christmas so much we celebrate it all year round. We’re a Year Round Christmas destination.

My name is Merry Wilkinson and I am the proud owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, located on Jingle Bell Lane. I stock everything you need for holiday decorating, as well as gifts such as jewellery and a special line of toys. Many of my goods are things you won’t find anyplace else – hand made by local artisans.

Everyone gets into the spirit of the thing. Victoria’s Bake Shoppe is famous for its gingerbread. There’s Candy Cane Sweets, the North Pole Ice Cream Parlour, The Elves Lunchbox, Cranberries Coffee Bar, Touch of Holly Restaurant, The Yuletide Inn, the Carolers Motel. (Looking at this list it seems as though the residents and visitors to Rudolph like to eat a lot. Come to think of it, we do.)

My dad, Noel, is Santa Claus. Yes, I know he isn’t really Santa, but sometimes I do wonder. He has a way of knowing exactly what you want before even you do.

We have two Santa Claus parades, the big one in December and a fun one for Christmas in July. This year I have high hopes for winning best in parade trophy for my float, the Elves Workshop. My strongest completion will be from my best friend, Vicky Casey, owner and chief baker at Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.

After the parade, we’re having a reception at the town community center. Vicky will be catering with her special gingerbread and hot apple cider. I’ve heard whispers there’s a reporter from a major international travel magazine in town, ready to do a feature on America’s Christmas Town. I certainly hope nothing goes wrong at the reception to put a Grinch into our Christmas.


You can read more about Merry in Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman, the first book in the NEW “Year-Round Christmas” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman

In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer. . .

As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.

Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list. . .

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on November 12 for your chance to win a print copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman. (US and Canadian entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of the Year Round Christmas mystery series, set in Rudolph New York, “America’s Christmas Town.” The first book in the series, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen will be released on November 3rd. from Berkley Prime Crime. Under the pen name of Eva Gates, she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library series, the latest of which is Booked for Trouble. Vicki is also the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Vicki can be found at www.vickidelany.com and on Facebook

My Musing ~ Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Rest Ye Murdered GentlemenRest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany is the first book in the NEW “Year-Round Christmas” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, November 2015

In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer. . .

As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.

Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list. . .

What an enjoyable read boasting an eclectic cast of characters that both amused and entertained me. This action-filled and fast paced drama kept me glued to the pages as I had to know the outcome of what was happening in Christmas Town. Merry is a delightful character and those she encounter rounds out a wonderful cast in this festive tale. The author did a great job in the execution of the mystery, peppering this tale with red herrings to keep me guessing until the killer’s identity was revealed. I like how Merry and her friends came together to protect their town and livelihood. Vicki’s descriptive narrative put me in the holiday spirit and I wish I was right here in Christmas Town with them. A great beginning to a delightfully charming series, I look forward to more holiday exploits with Merry and her friends.

A Day in the Life of Suzanne Wyatt Richardson by Eva Gates

Booked for TroubleWhen I was a young woman (and I won’t say how long ago that was) about the only thing I wanted in life was to get the heck out of Nags Head. The Outer Banks in the 70s: talk about boring! It wasn’t so bad in the summer, I guess, with the beach and influxes of tourists, but in the winter when we had school! I shudder to think.

I had dreams of becoming a famous model or actress, of a handsome rich man sweeping me off my feet to a life full of love and pampered. . .richness?

I am not, shall we say, unattractive, but I soon came to realize that I couldn’t act my way out of a paper bag and I’m much too short, at five foot four, to ever be a model.

But I did find my handsome rich man. I met him when I was still in high school, he was in law school, vacationing on the Outer Banks one summer. We fell in love almost instantly. It was heavenly. I adored him, and he adored me in return.

You can be sure that his blue-blooded Boston family didn’t care for me one bit. But tough on them, he didn’t care. And so we were married. Our first child came, with what his mother called unseemly haste, soon after. Three boys and then the daughter I dreamed of. I named her Lucille, after my mother-in-law, but I always called her Lucy, which the dowager Mrs. Richardson hated.

I got the pampered richness part of my dream, but the love didn’t last long. Still, I don’t suppose you can expect it to last forever, can you? I have my friends (what they call friends in my circle), my charities, my bridge clubs, and that serves me perfectly fine. As long as I can get a lot of shopping in as well.

And now, it’s up to me to make sure that Lucy doesn’t make mistakes of her own. She, foolish girl, fled Ricky’s marriage proposal for some silly idea of wanting to marry for love.

Really, Ricky is perfectly suitable; his father is my husband’s law partner after all. And if he has an eye for the ladies that isn’t entirely controlled, she can learn to live with that, can’t she? I did.

So, here I am in the Outer Banks to persuade Lucy to quit her job at that ridiculous library in a lighthouse where she works. She lives in an apartment on the fourth floor. Never mind the stairs; I can’t imagine there’s room for a suitable bath tub or a kitchen large enough for a catering company to work in.

I checked into the Ocean Side Hotel. It was quite a shock, I can tell you, when I saw my old high school enemy Karen Whiteside working here as a maid. I managed to avoid her once. I certainly don’t want to give her the opportunity to start spouting all that nonsense about that supposedly big “secret” she’s nurtured about me all these years.

Who knows what might happen if that gets out.


You can read more about Suzanne in Booked For Trouble, the second book in the “Lighthouse Library” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is By Book or by Crook.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, September 11 for your chance to win a print copy of Booked For Trouble. (US entries only, please.)

About the author
Eva Gates is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Eva GatesObsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, The first in the series is By Book or By Crook. Booked for Trouble was released on September 1. Eva is the pen name of Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Eva can be found at www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com and Vicki at www.vickidelany.com and Facebook

A Day in the Life of Lucky Smith by Vicki Delany

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.

GIVEAWAY
Comment on this post by noon EST on April 10, and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of UNDER COLD STONE. One winner will be chosen at random. U.S. and Canadian entries only.

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.

Visit Vicki at her website, on Facebook or on Twitter.

A Day In The Life With Constable Molly Smith by Vicki Delany

Cold White SunMy name’s Molly Smith and I am a Constable Third Class with the Trafalgar Police Service. Molly is not the name with which I was christened, but when I started thinking about a career in the police, I soon decided that if I wanted to be treated as an equal by people with names like John, Dave, Paul, Adam, I’d just as soon not use my legal name. Which is, sigh, Moonlight Legolas Smith.

Yes, my parents were hippies. Still are, at least my mom still is.

Moonlight, not a name for a cop.

As for my mom, Lucky (another good hippy name) you can be sure that if there is any controversy in our town, Mom will be on one side of the barricades or the other. Sometimes literally.

Trafalgar’s a small, generally peaceful town nestled in the mountains in the British Columbia Interior. But we do get our share of trouble. This is a tourist town, and tourists can bring their problems with them.

I’m not a detective, not by any means, but in a small town such as Trafalgar, we get to wear a lot of hats. Plus I’m Trafalgar born and raised. The lead detective, Sergeant John Winters, is from Vancouver. He doesn’t have his finger on a fraction of the web of relationships that run through a small, remote place like this one. And not all our criminals are tourists, or our victims are out-of-towners

Take Cathy Lindsay. I think I’ve seen her around town, at the grocery store, at the high school where she teaches English. I’ve been to her house at least once, when I found her 16 year old son, a right troublemaker, passed out drunk in the park.

Who would think that Cathy Lindsay, respectable middle-class married woman, middle-aged teacher, would be a candidate for murder? Shot by a sniper while walking her dog in the snowy woods.

I’m not a detective, as I said. But I can help Sergeant Winters, because I know these people and this town. Even my mom, with even more friends and contacts that I have, gets involved sometimes.

I’d like to be a detective someday. I don’t know if that’ll be possible if I stay in Trafalgar. I need big-city policing experience. But I don’t know if I want to leave this quirky little town I love so much. And then there’s Constable Adam Tocek of the R.C.M.P. I don’t know if I want to leave him either.

But right now I’m okay with just being a Constable Third Class. Most of my work is regular policing stuff. Walking the beat, checking out the bars on a Saturday night, driving around town looking out for drunk drivers and speeders. Sometimes, it can get hot and heavy. Like the knife fight in a bar that almost turned into a gun fight when the perp turned that knife on me:

The tattooed man held the bottle neck, the broken end pointing toward her, jagged glass glistening. He took a step forward. The bouncer retreated. Smith stood her ground, both hands firm on the gun.

She felt time slowing; she was aware of every breath she took, and every sound in the place. She held the Glock out in front of her, her hold on it solid but not gripping. “Put,” she said, “it down.”

“Pig bitch.”

No one said a word. The band members were on the stage, holding their instruments. Watching. The only sounds were the man’s deep breathing, the squeak of floorboards, and a woman weeping. Even the guy with a knife stuck in his leg had gone quiet.

Smith sucked in a breath. Would she shoot? Yes, she would. One more step would bring him in rushing range. She’d shoot all right.
From A Cold White Sun by Vicki Delany

I’m glad my mom doesn’t know everything I do.


Thanks to Poisoned Pen, I have one (1) copy of A COLD WHITE SUN to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends August 15; US and Canadian entries only per publisher’s request.


You can read more about Molly in A Cold White Sun, the sixth book in the “Constable Molly Smith” mystery series. The first book in the series is In the Shadow of the Glacier.

Meet the author
Vicki DelanyVicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. A Cold White Sun, the sixth book in the popular Constable Molly Smith series from Poisoned Pen Press, will be released in August. She is also the author of standalone novels of psychological suspense, and the light-hearted Klondike Gold Rush books from Canada’s Dundurn Press. Her Rapid Reads book, A Winter Kill, was shortlisted for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for best novella.

Vicki is proud to have been chosen as Canadian guest of honour for Bloody Words, the Canadian mystery conference, in 2014.

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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