Mystery authors Vicki Delany and Janet Kellough, friends and fellow writers, coincidentally have new novels being released within weeks of each other, and the library is privileged to be their choice of location for a dual book launch.
Kellough and Delany will be at the Picton branch of the library on Thursday, August 15 at 7p.m. reading from their new works, taking questions form the audience, and signing copies of their books.
The tale begins with the bloated corpse of a man dressed in women’s clothing washing up on the shore of Lake Ontario near Lewis’s home. Nothing is found on the body except a small scrap of green ribbon.
It’s 1847 – “Black ’47”- and 100,000 Irish immigrants are fleeing to Canada to escape starvation. The emigrants bring with them the dreaded “ship’s fever”, and soon Canadian ports are overflowing with the sick and dying.
Lewis’s youngest son, Luke, volunteers in the dreaded fever sheds. He finds a green ribbon in the lifeless hand of a patient named John Porter. Luke uncovers a tale of enmity that began in Ireland, and enlists Thaddeus’s aid in trying to discover what happened. Their search leads them to the heart of the criminal underworld of Toronto, where the final acts of vengeance play out against the tragedy occurring in the fever sheds.
In reviewing the book, Publishers Weekly writes, “Kellough embraces the history of her native Ontario, accepting the ugly facts along with the laudable ambitions of a few to improve a society divided by superstition, class and religion, a society that punished victims and rewarded exploiters. While Kellough takes some liberties with the actual history of Thaddeus Lewis to facilitate her tale, in grander matters she paints an accurately unsentimental picture of Victorian-era Ontario in a time of plague and disaster, eschewing narrative convenience for historical verisimilitude.”
It has been two years since Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters were last re-united on the page to work on a case, and this one is as inexplicable as snow in summer. Cathy Lindsay, a high school English teacher and married mother of two, is shot by a sniper while walking her dog in the snowy woods and there are no clues, no suspects, and no motive. Is it possible this was a case of mistaken identity? And if so, who in the small, close-knit community might be next?
Meanwhile, on the double black diamond runs of the Blue Sky resort, Molly Smith meets a handsome, charming man, as good as skier as she is, which turns her to realizing that it’s time to make some serious decisions about the direction of her life – both personal and professional.
New York Times bestselling author, Julia Spencer-Fleming says of this latest from the author, “Delany’s formidable Canadian sleuth, Molly Smith, pits her skills against an ice-cold killer, just as her personal life heats up. I love this series!”
Library CEO Barbara Sweet points out that all titles by Delany and Kellough are popular at the library and many people are anticipating these new titles in the collection.
“Copies of both titles are on order and we expect that, like their other books, these will be favourites on the library’s New Books List and will generate many requests.”
Click on image to enlarge poster and visit http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/ to watch the trailer.
Bring a friend!