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More Than Sorrow Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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"In a change of pace from her Con. Molly Smith mysteries (Among the Departed), Delany has written a splendid Gothic thriller with a theme of strong women throughout history. Readers will be captivated by the haunted root cellar and how Delany contrasted one woman’s struggles in the past with the plight of contemporary refugees. Match with Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern or Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane."--Library Journal

"An absorbing whodunit-cum-flashbacks whose so-so mystery is redeemed by a deft use of historical parallels." --Kirkus Reviews

“Her exceptional ability to create characters, both realistic and sometimes creepy, makes this another terrific addition to her outstanding body of work.”—Library Journal Starred review for Among the Departed

About the Author

Vicki Delany left a job as a systems analyst to settle in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario, the setting of More than Sorrow. She is also the author of the Constable Molly Smith books, a traditional village/police procedural series set in British Columbia. She blogs about the writing life at One Woman Crime Wave. 
www.vickidelany.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589854
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,870,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delany strikes the perfect balance between 'nobility' and too-flawed 'humanity' in this absorbing thriller featuring foreign correspondent Hannah Manning.

Wanting only a place to rest, Manning seeks refuge at the rural home of her sister and brother-in-law. Struggling to recover from cerebral damage caused by a bus explosion in war-torn Afghanistan, she'd like nothing better than to be left alone.

She soon discovers that the past has a way of asserting itself, and the troubles of far-away nations are seldom far away.

I loved this story, both for the beautifully crafted heroine, Hannah Manning, and for the depth of research Delany brought to bear in her presentation of Hila, the mysterious Afghani woman who shares Hannah's "place of refuge".

In short, I highly recommend More Than Sorrow to mystery-lovers.

Donna Carrick, author of The First Excellence
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It's always a treat to find a new Delany novel, and MORE THAN SORROW again demonstrates her versatility and panache. Foreign correspondent Hannah Manning, recovering from brain injuries from an IED in Afghanistan, has retreated to her sister's organic farm in the picturesque Prince Edward County section of southern Ontario. She has left behind a painful secret and a boyfriend killed in the attack that wounded her. Debilitating headaches (named "Omar" after one of her attackers) slow her recovery, but in the quiet countryside, perhaps she can heal with time.
With her inability to pitch in with the chores and the pampering by her sister and niece, she doesn't endear herself to the man of the house, who sees her as a drain on their resources. Farming is a precarious life, and an extra burden isn't appreciated. To help her pass the time, he allows Hannah grudging access to old family papers in the attic. His forebears were Loyalists, British who fled the American Revolution to come to Upper Canada for a new life.
Able to take short walks, Hannah is surprised to find a shy Afghan refugee nearby as a guest of a middle-aged couple, the Harrisons, who have an interest in the history and culture of the Middle East. Hila, a traumatized burn victim, was the only survivor in a murderous attack on her family. The farm community seems a safe place for both kindred souls. Hila and Hannah form a mutual bond from their ordeals.
As Hannah pores over the old records, another story emerges from the distant past, woven seamlessly into a nail-biting time-shifting duet. Maggie and Hamish Macgregor and their daughter had a peaceful life in the Mohawk Valley until the American Revolution set neighbour against neighbour.
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A beautifully described rural setting is the centerpiece of this book which also takes us on a journey both to the past and to dark memories of Afghanistan. I've been a fan of the author's other work but this stand alone is definitely among her best. The characters are so well drawn, you feel you know them but the novel doesn't get lost in their individual stories. Rather it pulls them along in a gripping tale with surprises I didn't see coming. Highly recommended.
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This book is, among other things, the very poignant story of a journalist's recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury sustained in Afghanistan. Her struggle, her pain and concerns for her family and a new friend she makes are interwoven with some equally poignant history in Eighteenth C. Canada. Delany writes a compelling mystery, with some mysterious happenings, and a charming ten year old. I am convinced that she can't write a bad book. I am very glad I found her writings on my bookshelf.
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The horrible thing about war is that everyone is a victim. Not only soldiers and those working on the battlefields, but others caught up in the violence: parents, brothers and sisters, wives and husbands, and children who have sent a loved one off to war, or lost them on the home front. And then there are those who are victims of war simply because they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Hannah Manning is a former journalist and war correspondent. The victim of an IED explosion while covering the war in Afghanistan, she is still scarred, physically and mentally. Unable to concentrate, Hannah suffers from recurring headaches and visions of that terrible moment as she struggles to carve out a new life with her sister on a small farm in southern Ontario. Her sister Joanne and her husband Jake make a welcome refuge for Hannah, and she forms a close bond with her precocious niece, Lily. Still limited in what she can do, Hannah helps with such modest chores as feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, and fetching vegetables from the 18th-century root cellar. While visiting the cellar one day Hannah begins to hear voices and see visions; but curiously, they are not limited to her experiences in Afghanistan; some seem to date from the American Revolutionary War.

It almost seems like fate is taking a hand when Hannah and Lily visit a nearby farm and encounter Hila Polpalzi, a young woman from Afghanistan. Although she wears a tunic and scarf, the traditional clothing of her homeland, it does not fully conceal heavy scarring on her face and one hand. It is clear that she too is a victim of the war. Their visit is brief, shortened by Hila's shyness and Hannah's sudden headache, triggered by the disturbing image in front of her.
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