Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

Suzanne Arruda is the author of six novels in the Jade del Cameron series of mysteries set in 1920s Africa. Library Journal describes Arruda’s protagonist, Jade del Cameron as “one of the most appealing heroines to appear in the pages on a mystery.” Of the fifth book in the series, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah, the Richmond Times-Dispatch declared, “Cinematic in its descriptions of Africa, compelling in plot — this is a true whodunit,” while of an earlier series addition the same reviewer noted that Arrudamelds Dinesen’s evocation of a bygone Africa with (Agatha) Christie’s ability to fashion a sharp whodunit.” Jade returns in the sixth installment, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, due out in paperback original this fall. (more…)

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Vicki Delany brings us closer to home, vis-à-vis setting, for our next Scene of the Crime interview. A well-known Canadian writer, Delany sets her contemporary Smith and Winter series in British Columbia. But she also has a historical mystery series set in the Yukon Territory of 1898. For this interview, Delany concentrates on her contemporary mystery series, about which a Publishers Weekly reviewer  wote, [Delany] uses a bare-bones style, without literary flash, to achieve artistry as sturdy and restrained as a Shaker chair. Warmth and menace, past and present, are nicely balanced, with a denouement that’s equally plausible and startling.”

Vicki was good enough to take time out from her series writing and her stand-along suspense novels set in Ontario to answer a few questions about the importance of place in her writing. (more…)

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