I love mysteries! I particularly love mysteries by Canadian authors that have a Canadian setting. And I know I’ve hit the jackpot when I find a series with a strong woman as the lead character. Vicki Delany’s novels resonate with me as they meet all these criteria as well as being good, suspenseful, well-written stories! She has two series on the go at the present time.
In the Shadow of the Glacier is Delany’s intriguing series opener with young Constable Molly Smith. Molly’s home, Trafalgar, British Columbia, is a small idyllic mountain town to which many draft dodgers had fled in the 60s. Molly stumbles across a murder victim, Reg Montgomery, a newcomer planning to develop a luxury resort outside the town over the protests of many of the residents. Molly is called upon to assist hard-edged Sgt. John Winters as he sorts through the many people who wanted Montgomery out of the way. This is the start of a great series with a strong lead character and a cast of interesting supporting characters such as Molly’s aging hippy parents.
Gold Digger is the first in a series set in Dawson, Yukon Territory, in the spring of 1898. Fiona MacGillivray has made the difficult journey over the Chilkoot Pass and is now co-owner of the Savoy dance hall. The Klondike Gold Rush is in full swing and the town is filled with characters of all sorts. Life is not easy for a single woman making her way, but it becomes even more difficult when a dead body is found centre stage at the Savoy. Fiona is a woman who knows her own mind and navigates the perils of life in a gold rush town.
Vicky will be reading from her newest book, Among the Departed, a Constable Molly Smith novel, at the Central Library on Thursday, June 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on the Main Floor.