Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Busy Year Ahead in 2018

Happy New Year to All!

2017 was a pretty good year for me, and I've got a jam packed 2018 already scheduled.

So you can get your reading list ready, here's my production schedule.

January 9, 2018.  Paperback release of BODY ON BAKER STREET

February 13: Release of THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES, the third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery

June 12: release of THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS, the fourth Lighthouse Library mystery by Eva Gates

October 9: paperback release of THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES

October: release of BLUE WATER HUES, the second Ashley Grant Mystery (this is a Rapid Reads novella) 

November 14: release of A Scandal in the Bookshop (tentative title) the fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery

Projects to complete in 2018:

The fourth Year Round Christmas mystery for Penguin Random House

The fifth Lighthouse Library mystery for Crooked Lane

The fifth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery for Crooked Lane

Essay "Sherlock Holmes is Like..." for Christopher Redmond's anthology on Sherlock and popular culture

Essay: "Women as People in the Sherlock Holmes Canon" for Villains, Victims, and Violets from the Studious Scarlets Society


February 11, Speech to Muskoka Writers Association, Bracebridge, Ontario

April 27: Malice Domestic Conference in Bethesda, Maryland

May 9: Cozy Con in Scottsdale Arizona

August 31/Sept 1. Women Killing It Festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bouchercon 2017

Bouchercon, the international crime writing and reading conference, is being held in Toronto this year. How could I pass up the chance to go!

I'll be there for the entire conference, staying in the conference hotel at the Sheridan Centre near all the action. I'd love to meet as many readers as possible.  Here's where I'll be

Wednesday evening. INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH CROMBIE. A pre-Bouchercon event at the Whitby Public Library at which I'll be interviewing Deborah. (Event is sold out! Sorry)

Friday 9:30. TEAM LEADER AT CWC PUB QUIZ.  Attendees can register in advance for the team they'd like to join!

Saturday 9:30. MEET ME AT THE CWC HOSPITALITY LOUNGE where I'll be chatting to readers and signing books for an hour

Saturday 11:40 SHERLOCK AND ME. A 20-20 session at which I'll talk about the inspiration behind the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series and anything else you might want to know.

Saturday 2:30. MEET ME AT THE CWC HOSPITALITY LOUNGE where I'll be chatting to readers and signing books for an hour

Sunday. 9:30 Panel discussion. THE BOOKSHELF DID IT: Mysteries involving books. Also on the panel are Kate Carlile and Mary Jane Maffini. Bound to be a riot!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Elementary,She Read

Once again, it seems as though it's been a while since I posted to this blog.

I'm delighted to share the news of what I've been up to over the last year. I've been working on the news Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, which will be published by Crooked Lane.

The first book in the series is titled Elementary, She Read, and will be released on March 14, and is now available for pre-order in ebook and hardcover formats.

The discovery of a rare and valuable magazine in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium takes the highly perceptive Gemma Doyle and her ever-confused friend Jayne Wilson deep into the world of Sherlockania.

Transplanted Englishwoman Gemma Doyle owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod, specializing in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne Wilson set off to find the owner. What they find is a dead woman and Gemma’s house ransacked.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany. 

If you’d like a sneak peek at the first chapter, I’ve posted it on my web page.