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She writes in several different subgenres: Cozies for Berkley Prime Crime (REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN and READING UP A STORM - under the pen name of Eva Gates); Standalone novels of suspense (Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory, MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press), traditional village/police procedural (The Constable Molly Smith Series from PPP - the eight of which is UNREASONABLE DOUBT) and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series (Gold Digger, Gold Fever, GOLD MOUNTAIN from Dundurn Press). She also writes Rapid Reads novellas for Orca Books including the mulit-award-nominated JUBA GOOD.
She began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was - and at that, only now and again - the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.
The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario. At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.
Vicki is the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.
Top Customer Reviews
The mystery is quite good. The historical setting extremely accurate. The Yukon is a character.The human characters are well drawn, but I despised Fiona. She keeps remembering her past and none of the memories aid the plot. Apparently she came from nothing, rose to hang out with the Prince of Wales, stole jewelry and silver, and had to run to the Yukon in the middle of the night. She is a sneaky, nasty woman who only loves her son. Sterling is a nice Saskatchewan farm boy, now a Mountie who is possibly falling in love with this amoral mess.
I won't buy more of this series. I prefer a main character I don't want to slap.
The story's heroine, Fiona MacGillivray, is a woman of great courage and strength of will in a time when most women were thought of as no more than chattel. She owns a saloon, the Savoy, named after the fashionable London hotel. She is a woman of class and breeding, in a place where even a saloon owner can be considered respectable, if she acts as such. She has a 12 year old son Agnus, a smart inquisitive lad who hero worships the local Mountie, Constable Sterling, and wants to become a Mountie himself.
After surviving the arduous journey to get to the Klondike and the near starvation of the first winter, summer is extraordinary beautiful, with fields of glorious wild flowers, warm days, sapphire blue sky. Life is good in Dawson, the Savoy's business is booming, until Jack Ireland arrives. A newspaper reporter from San Francisco, he immediately makes enemies and within 3 days is found dead, throat cut, on the stage of the Savoy. Was it the rival newspaper man? Or Fiona's lead singer, Irene, whom Jack physically abused? Or Fiona's partner, jealously protective of Irene?Read more ›
Vicki Delany has assembled an all star cast of dance hall girls, drunks, thieves, prostitutes, all monitored by the Northwest Mounted Police, the "Mounties." Primary characters in this story are Fiona MacGillivray, a single parent mom and Ray Walker, her co-owner of the Savoy Dance Hall. "Gold Diggers" opens with the discovery of the corpse of Jack Ireland, a San Francisco journalist with a long and shady past, who's been murdered on the stage of the Savoy.
The story moves quickly, spiced up by author Delany's wit and well-developed characters who swiftly draw the readers' sympathies for a single parent mom, a bright, likable teenager, and a noble Mounty, handsome enough to flutter the heart of the most hardened dance hall girl. In addition to the plot that includes the combination of poverty and greed that has attacted people to the Yukon, each of the characters has a story that alternately causes the reader to invest in the good guys or despise the bad ones. Those conflicts, man vs. man, lie at the sources of the tensions in "Gold Digger".Read more ›
Our heroine has a shady past, but with her determination, and a little vain beauty thrown in, she manages to thrive in the hastily thrown together town of Dawson by building and managing a saloon/dance hall. When a nefarious reporter hits town and makes enemies at every turn, it's hard to find which person didn't want to see him dead when his corpse turns up in Fiona's dance hall. With everyone a suspect, friends and family are all called to question. Everyone seems to be hiding something, but the Mounties and Fiona plan to get to the bottom of it. With gossip flying about the Savoy's grisly mystery, more people than ever crowd the saloon and dance hall, while in her own words, Fiona thinks: "Murder was good for business."
The descriptive details of the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush make you want to learn more about some of the hardships people endured to make a place in this world. Against nature, starvation and even the depravities of other people, only the strong survive and the toughest thrive. Colorful details about the characters add much charm to this first book in the Klondike Mystery series. Eagerly I look forward to more visits with this forward thinking independent woman, the Mounties, dance hall girls, river front workers, a young boy coming of age and peoples from all over the world as they try to build their new lives under harsh conditions.
by Rhonda Esakov
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm bowled over by the setting for this plot. Dawson sounds like living there, so near the frozen North, is never really warm, dry, or cheap. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christy Curtis
Enjoyed this tale of a liberated woman, especially from this time in history. I'll be interested in reading something else from this authorPublished 9 months ago by Dave
Great mystery, would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good character development. Draws you in and keeps the suspense going. Never knew who the killer was. All the characters had motive and looked guilty . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Connie Talmage
3.5 STARS. A good mystery, interesting characters and a good since of the history of the era. BUT the are some editing issues, such as a proposal then another by the same suiter... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sara Paschal
I enjoyed this mystery. The murder happened in the first chapter. Then the there was a long flash back to when the victim arrived in town and managed to draw the dislike of just... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Melissa J. Covaleski
Have read numerous books (fiction and non-fiction) about "The Yukon" through the years (light reading, serious reading both), but this book was one I did not enjoy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by My Three Cents
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