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Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery by [Delany, Vicki]
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The accurate depiction of Dawson life...and the hints to Fiona's past as a lady of means add depth to this intriguing comedic murder mystery that is too entertaining to be missed. (Historical Novels Review)

Delany proves to be a master at the historical mystery, just as she is for the traditional mystery. (

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It's the spring of 1898, and Dawson is the most exciting town in North America. Fiona MacGillivray has crawled over the Chilkoot Pass determined to make her fortune as the owner of the Savoy dance hall. But first there's the issue of the dead body on centre stage.

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  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (April 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GU07OZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I'm not sure if the author intended her main character to be so thoroughly unlikeable. Fiona is arrogant, a liar, thoughtless, self centered, deluded as to her own importance and the queen of denial.

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.
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Enjoy history? Like a mystery? Gold Digger is an absolutely delightful historical mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time back in 1898, the Yukon Territory, in the rip roaring mining town of Dawson. A native born Californian, I was raised on stories of the 1849 Gold Rush and the founding of San Francisco, so reading about the last great Gold Rush had a lot of familiarity but the great Canada wilderness was an unique setting. Vicki Delany has made the town of Dawson and its inhabitants come alive with a vivid realism of a great historical, without making one feel like they are reading a travelogue or passages quoted from a dry history tome.

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?
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Vicki Delany's book, "Gold Digger," is a story of the final days of Canada's Klondike Gold Rush. The Savoy Dance Hall in Dawson, Yukon Territory is the epicenter of this fast moving western mystery. It is there we meet the polyglot population of Canadians, Americans, English, Irish, and Scots who've come to make a fortune in the gold fields. Not unlike contemporary lotteries, the line of a fortune in gold attracts the best and the worst of humanity, seemingly mediated by the desperately poor trying to scratch a living from the excitement of legendary fortunes to be had just beneath the surface of the earth or on the velvet padded gambling tables of main street saloons.

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".
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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. The author really made the setting come alive for me. I could see the poor horses struggling in the hip deep mud & filth, the dirty, tired, people living miserable lives for an once of gold. The plot was for me very engrossing just trying to figure out the morals of this big, little, town. I found my self wondering if the heroine, Fiona MacGillivray, hadn't lead an exemplary life then why was she against the Madame that ran the prostitutes in the alley? I could see the reason for her discouraging the women who worked for her as dance hall girls also selling their favors for money. I had no idea in Canada that the law, the North West Mounted Police made sure that the gambling halls, saloons, & brothels shut down precisely at Midnight Saturday night. As well as monitoring the morals of the people who lived there. I liked the fact that Fiona's life is given in dibs & dabs throughout the story. I admit I'm naive I had no idea, but I should have, that reporters of the day didn't write accurate copy. To sell papers they added spice to a dull story who cared if it was true? Or ruined someones reputation?

The characters seemed well written & fleshed out. Irene the favorite dance hall girl out for all the money she could make, Fiona's partner Ray Walker, deeply in love with Irene, but she can't see him. Angus her son big at 12 years of age but still just a boy, the American Reporter who sweets talks Fiona yet didn't want her to know he favored prostitutes, NWMP Richard Sterling who is a good Mountie but also level headed while doing his job.
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