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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Christmas Town and the Essence of a Cozy Mystery by Vicki Delany


The essence of a cozy mystery, as I see it, is real life, with some components stretched and exaggerated for effect.

Cozy writers take the things we love – families, friends, hobbies, crafts, even places – and write them with a loving hand to be slightly larger than life. And then, we thrust murder and sometimes mayhem into the mix.

When it comes to real life, is there anything we love more than Christmas? 


 We love food, the decorations, the lights, the gifts, maybe even the weather, and above all the gathering of family and friends, and the enjoyment of celebrating with them. So when I set about to create the Year Round Christmas Series for Berkley, I took all the things we love about the holidays, tossed them together and added a suitably Christmas murder (poisoned gingerbread cookies, of course).

In my fictional town of Rudolph, New York, they love Christmas so much they celebrate it all year round.  And no one loves the holiday more than Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, on Rudolph’s main street, Jingle Bell Lane. Merry’s father, Noel, is the town’s Santa Claus. Merry knows her dad isn’t really Santa, but sometimes she does wonder how he knows what people want before they so much as say so.

Another element of the cozy is often ambition or competition out of control (or perhaps just more out in the open than it is in real life). And Rudolph, New York, is determined to beat out Snowflake, Arizona or North Pole, Alaska to be officially known as America’s Christmas Town.  

In the first book in the series, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, when a reporter from an international travel magazine arrives in town to write an article on Rudolph, under the headline of America’s Christmas Town, hopes are high for the future of the town.

But it wouldn’t be a cozy without a murder. And it wouldn’t be Christmas Town without poisoned gingerbread, a sleigh-full of suspects, and an amateur sleuth determined to see that the right person ends up on Santa’s naughty list. 

In the second book in the series, We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, a Grinch arrives in Rudolph.

I glanced at my dad. His color was rising, and not in his habitual jolly Saint Nick look. “Rudolph,” he said, “is a community-oriented town. Christmas Town. In Rudolph we believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. Everyone here supports everyone else’s business. Thus, we all benefit.”

Gord laughed. “Sounds like that old western town where folks made a living by taking in each other’s washing.”

I glanced around the table. Dad’s face was beet red and a vein throbbed in his neck. Mom studied her napkin as if searching for the secret of life therein.
Grace stared at her step-son in horror.

“That fresh tree in the lobby looks okay and all, Grace,”
Irene said. She seemed to be totally oblivious to the
mood that had fallen over the table. “You should get a
plastic tree that can be used every year. They come
with decorations attached, so you don’t have to waste
time decorating it and then taking it down again. That
must take time, and time is money, am I right honey?”

“Right,” Gord replied.
                                                        We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, by Vicki Delany

When the Grinch is murdered, who else would be the prime suspect but Santa Claus?

Real life, writ large, with a touch of murder thrown in.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.  Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series. 

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

www.vickidelany.com. Facebook:  Vicki Delany & Eva Gates (evagatesauthor) and twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor

9 comments:

Shari Randall said...

Hi Vicki, You've got me in the holiday spirit! Thank you for stopping by WWK!

Kait said...

The perfect read for time change night. I'm off to Amazon now to order. What a fun book, and premise. Thanks for visiting!

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Vicki, for visiting us at WWK. It amazes me that you can balance different series. Wishing you much luck with this one.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for stopping by. What do you want in your Christmas stocking?

Gloria Alden said...

Vicki, welcome to WWK. I write cozies, too, and everything you said resonates with me. At first I wondered how you could write a year around Christmas series until you explained it. I think your series is something I want to read. I'll have to put that on my TBO list.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! I admire your ability to write such a variety of novels. They sound fascinating.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Fun reads for this time of year!

Vicki Delany said...

Thanks for hosting me, WWK. And happy reading to everyone.

Vicki Delany said...

Warren, a book would be nice to find in my stocking on Christmas morning.