More Than Sorrow

MORE THAN SORROW is also available in an audio version narrated by Carrington MacDuffe.  Have a listen to the first chapter at YouTube here.

In A STARRED REVIEW Library Journal says: “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.”

New York Times Bestselling author Susanna Kearsley says, This clever mystery mingles past and present in an atmosphere as chilling as the subtle roll of mist across a field.”

MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press


Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent.  Today, she’s a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury.  Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister’s small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover.

As summer settles on the farm, she finds comfort in the soft rolling hills and neat fields as well as friendship in the company of Hila Popalzai, an Afghan woman also traumatized by war.

Unable to read the printed word, Hannah retreats into the attic and boxes of mouldy letters that have accumulated for more than two centuries.  As she learns about the original settlers of this land, Loyalist refugees fleeing the United States in 1784, she is increasingly drawn to the space beneath the old house.  More than carrots and potatoes, soups and jams, are down in the dark damp root cellar.

Hannah experiences visions of a woman, emerging from the icy cold mist. Is the woman real? Or the product of a severely damaged brain?

Which would be worse?

Then Hila disappears. When Hannah cannot account for her time, not even to herself, old enemies begin to circle.

In this modern Gothic novel of heart-wrenching suspense, past and present merge into a terrifying threat to the only thing Hannah still holds dear – her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

Now available from your favourite independent bookstore, or,, Chapters/Indigo. On Kindle, Nook, and KOBO.


Gold Mountain: A Klondike Mystery

Gold Mountain

Gold Mountain

Delany is a master at her craft, able to use language and historical events to build a story that rivets the reader until the last page.. A must read for historical mystery buffs.” Mystery Scene Magazine.

“Smart and Funny.” The Globe and Mail.

“The bizarre closing twist will leave readers prospecting for a sequel.” Publishers Weekly

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Available from, From, From Chapters/Indigo. Also available from your favourite independent bookstore. In paperback and all e-book formats.

In the summer of 1897 Fiona MacGillivray, resourceful, ambitious, unscrupulous, fled Toronto with only a valise full of stolen jewellery and her 11 year old son, Angus. They arrived in Vancouver in time to hear the news – Gold Discovered in the Klondike! Fiona immediately set off for Skagway, Alaska, intending to open a theatre.

After one encounter with the infamous gangster Soapy Smith and his henchman Paul Sheridan, Fiona wisely decides to pursue her ambitions on the other side of the border, and she and Angus climb the Chilkoot trail for Dawson City, Yukon.

It’s a year later and Fiona is now part-owner of the highly successful Savoy Saloon and Dance Hall. Soapy Smith is about to be gunned down on the Skagway waterfront, but Paul Sheridan has set off for newer pastures. It seems that a German (or was it a Frenchman?) was stabbed in a bar fight (or did he collapse on Dead Horse Trail?), and as he breathed his last he passed his most precious possession to Sheridan.

A map.

A map pointing due north to the fabled Gold Mountain, where hills of pure gold keep the heat from the hot springs contained in a valley as warm as California. Sheridan is determined to venture into the Yukon wilderness alone to pursue his fortune and become the self-declared King of Gold Mountain.
Alone, that is, except for the woman he intends to marry and make his Queen, Fiona MacGillivray. Fiona, however, wants no part of either Sheridan or his mad plans.

Sheridan, in the grips of gold fever, refuses to take no for an answer. And it is up to Corporal Richard Sterling of the NWMP, young Angus MacGillivray, a headstrong assortment of dancers and musicians, croupiers and bartenders, prostitutes and madams without hearts of gold, miners and shopkeepers, gentleman and layabouts to head into the vast wilderness in pursuit.

But are they after Fiona. Or Gold Mountain itself?

From, From, From Chapters/Indigo. Also available for pre-order from your favourite independent bookstore.