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Another exciting publication date is coming up for me at the end of April. My short mystery “The Lady’s Maid Vanishes” will be part of Malice Domestic’s latest anthology, Mystery Most Historical.

The 29th annual Malice Domestic Conference is being held April 28-30 in Maryland. This year’s theme is historical mystery, and I’m in good company with 29 other mystery writers, including Catriona McPherson, Marcia Talley and Martin Edwards.

“The Lady’s Maid Vanishes” takes place in 1931, when Lady Byng, wife of the former Governor General of Canada, and her entourage are staying at a rustic lodge in the Rockies. Her maid, Vaughan, goes for a walk in the woods, and vanishes.

The story was inspired by an incident I read in the memoirs of Evelyn, Lady Byng, Up The Stream of Time. In real life, Vaughan was found safe, though terrified, long after nightfall.

Evelyn Byng, Viscountess Byng of Vimy

My story, however, takes quite a different turn.

The collection is published by Wildside Press and will be available at the conference (at the end of April) and afterwards at their website.

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It’s coming soon….The Whole She-Bang 3

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Love this cover art by Chris Lang

November 2016 will see two of my stories appearing, along with those of 17 other Canadian crime writers, in the new anthology from Canadian Sisters in Crime.

A Death at the Parsonage

1823 England: When a not-very-well-liked clergyman dies a suspicious death while preparing his Sunday sermon, a quick-witted lady turns detective to come to the aid of her friend.

Family Traditions

Stuck in the kitchen on the biggest turkey-and-football day of the year, a long-suffering housewife takes a new look at sacred family traditions.

 

The launch….

Our big launch is on Sunday, November 27th at 2:00PM, at the fantastic Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore at 907 Millwood Rd, Toronto

Wine, readings, author signings and nibblies will all be happening. And of course, you can buy the hard copy there.

Find out more at Sisters in Crime – Toronto

I’ll be letting you know the moment e-copies and hard copies are available on line.

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Yup.  We met when we were both in our 30s (okay, just barely; we were on the cusp of 40) and now we’re both in a state of shock that one of us has turned 60.

Well, as I pointed out to him, when we’re 70, 60 will seem so youthful.

So to celebrate, I made him his favourite Mandelbrot cookies

from his mom’s recipe book

the Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook


and made him a nice breakfast,

and let him demonstrate his sexagenarian manliness by splitting the wood left  from my oak tree’s recent limb amputation.


Norman sweetie, here’s the theme song for today:

Love, Susan

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Yes, it’s official.  Huntsville Ontario holds an annual Girlfriends’ Weekend.

And this year, the G5 girls decide to take advantage of the fact that Kerry has recently married a nice guy with a house in Huntsville, and move our annual GWIATC (Girls Weekend In at the Cottage) from the usual Apsley location.

Shirley, Susan, Kerry, Tom, Jennifer, Bette

After the obligatory stop at the Timmy’s just north of Orillia, Shirley and I arrive  just as Kerry’s Nice Husband is dashing out the door with backpack and sleeping bag to the waiting pick-up truck, where his pal is rescuing him from all that estrogen.  We offer to let him stay for mega shopping, talking, drinking and Mamma Mia screening, but he graciously declines.

First things first.  We assess the food – cheeses from cow, sheep and goat, masses of wine (Shirley: “No!  2 of those bottles are olive oil!”), fancy crackers, candy cane cheesecake, dolmados, varieties of fruit drinks, plus all the meals fixings.  Plus fudge.

Next we get updated on the latest Huntsville news, the local controversy about the sign in the butcher’s window, which, after a visit from the local Window Sign Police, has been changed to….

We take a walk into beautiful downtown Huntsville, cross the bridge and find the town is just filled with girlfriends.  All the merchants are welcoming us with specials and giveaways and dressed up parking meters.  Note also that Tom Thomson, posing with us above, has also been decked with a pink ribbon.

We manage a little preliminary shopping, then head home to Prosecco and Brunello (both memories of Girls’ Fortnight in Florence) and dinner.

I read the minutes from the 2008 G5 Summit in Apsley.  Shirley makes one change (“I was never up at 8:30 am”) and the minutes are approved as amended.

Saturday morning, we rise bright and early (including Shirley) for breakfast of pancakes and fruit, then head back downtown to support the local economy.

Gone Quilting is an excellent quilt shop where all 5 of us get our free Fat Quarters (which end up with the 2 quilters in the group, Bette and me). We work our way through Algonquin Outfitters (thanks for the water bottles), Soapstones and The Bookcase, where I run into an old writing colleague of mine, signing her latest release.

Finally, we head out to Knitting Three Together, an enticing new wool shop, where everyone gets wool, several with the intention of commissioning Jennifer to make us things, such as these colourful slippers.

We come home to more wine and snacks and dinner preps, while Kerry puts up the Christmas lights outside.  I make an apple pie, using the required flour, plus the Brunello dead soldier for the rolling pin.

After supper, the Knitting Ladies, Bette, Kerry and Jennifer, address themselves to their new projects….

…while I work on the quilt I’m making for Grandson #2.

And then it’s time for the ultimate Girls’ Weekend fun.  Mamma Mia.  And of course we sing along.

Finally, after a few rounds of Midnight Special videos (Ike and Tina, Denver and Cass, Guess Who, Roy Orbison, Fleetwood Mac…) we head off to bed.

Sunday, we get up and sit down to a substantial breakfast of lovely leftovers; we nibble and talk until it’s time to stop eating breakfast and start on lunch.  Since this seems just a tad overindulgent, we break for a walk into town.  And yes, we do a little more shopping.

Downtown Huntsville

It’s been a perfect weekend.  Time to head back to our real lives.

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