Blog Tour – Elementary, She Read

Banner: Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents "Elementary, She Read" by Vicki Delaney; March 13-March 26, 2017 - Includes Author photo and Book cover

Today I’m very excited to be the host of a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany. This is a wonderful book in a brand-new series!

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany book cover - bookstore setting, red easy chair with a black cat on the back of it and a copy of Adventure of Sherlock Holmes on the seat.

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Brief Synopsis

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

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.

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Review

5 out of 5 stars.

I loved this book and am thrilled that I had the opportunity to read it and host a spot for this blog tour!

I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Vicki Delany (including the Lighthouse Library series she wrote under the pen name, Eva Gates), so I was excited when I heard there was a new series coming out. This book did not disappoint in the least!

I’ve already fallen in love with the town of West London and its inhabitants. Gemma, Jayne, Ryan, Louise, and the rest are all well-developed, complex characters and while we don’t know everything about them, they come across as realistic and still leave a little mystery to be discovered in other books in this series. I love the way Gemma’s mind works. I’m not quite as good at my powers of observation as Gemma is, but a lot of her logic I totally understood. It’s always great when I can identify with a heroine in the story.

The plot line moved along at a decent pace. It wasn’t slow, but yet not so fast that you didn’t understand what was going on. I had absolutely NO idea who the villain was until it was revealed. I can see now in hindsight how someone with astute powers of observation of details could put the clues together, but I didn’t do that, so it was a complete surprise to me.

Some of the interpersonal relationships in the story were strained and it’ll be interesting to see how those relationships develop and play out throughout the series. I don’t want to give away any details of the story though, so if you want to know more, read the book!

The setting sounds absolutely beautiful and I could easily imagine myself there in West London. I love when I can imagine the scene and yet the author hasn’t provided too many details. If there’s too many details, I feel over saturated and it becomes harder to imagine the setting. Ms. Delany is a master at balancing that mixture of detail and imagination.

A wonderful start to a new series and if you like cozy mysteries or even mysteries in general, I highly recommend it!

** Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this title. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions and conclusions expressed are my own. **

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About the Author

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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.

The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.

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

Vicki Delany’s Links

Website: www.vickidelany.com  

Facebook:  Vicki Delany & Eva Gates 

Twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor

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Tour Participants

March 13 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW

March 13 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 13 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – SPOTLIGHT

March 14 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 14 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – REVIEW

March 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

March 15 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

March 16 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW

March 16 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST

March 17 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

March 18 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

March 18 – Girl with Book Lungs – GUEST POST  

March 19 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

March 20 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  

March 20 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 21 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 21 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

March 22 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

March 22 – Carole’s Book Corner – REVIEW

March 22 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

March 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

March 23 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

March 24 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 24 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

March 25 – Island Confidential – spotlight

March 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

March 26 – Girl Lost In a Book – REVIEW

Author Interview with Vicki Delany

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you’re having wonderful weather like we are here in Southeastern Michigan! It’s unreal that

As I stated at the end of my review for We Wish You a Murderous Christmas, I’m back with an interview with Vicki Delany. Of course, life happens and it didn’t quite get up in the timely manner I meant for it, but here we go! 🙂

I was first introduced to Ms. Delany’s books through the Lighthouse Library series (written under the pen name Eva Gates). I am a librarian and I thoroughly enjoyed the books. I was rather disappointed when the publisher did not continue the series. On the positive side, that introduction has led me to Ms. Delany’s other cozy mystery series, including the Year Round Christmas series and her new series, The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries that will be coming in 2017. Many, many thanks to Ms. Delany for agreeing to do this for me. 🙂

Photo of Vicky Delany, a middle-aged caucasian woman with blond hair pulled back and bangs, wearing a black camisole & grey cardigan

Vicki Delany’s Bio:
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 author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

The second in Vicki’s national bestselling Year Round Christmas series, We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, was released Nov. 1 by Berkley.  The first in the Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 by Crooked Lane Books.

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

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

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Question #1: Do you set aside time to write every day or do you write more sporadically? When you write, do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words? How does music/other noise affect your concentration when you’re writing?

Ms. Delany: I am a total creature of routine. I write three to five hours a day, every day of the week, every day of the year when I am home, unless I have company. I have no set goals, but I put in a few hours and then quit when the time seems right. I always listen to Mozart; anything else in the way of music or the radio would destroy my concentration.

 

Question #2: Do you have a favorite conference to attend? What is it?

Ms. Delany: I love Malice Domestic and Left Coast Crime. I am really looking forward to Bouchercon in Toronto next year. And – something new – I am one of the organizers of Women Killing It – a new crime writing festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The first festival will be held September 1-2, 2017, and I am sure it will be my favourite from then on.

 

Question #3: In general, how many revisions do you go through before a book is published? Do you have beta readers or is it just your editing team and their suggestions?

Ms. Delany:  I do five or six drafts. I have one good friend who reads my cozy manuscripts and provides suggestions, and another for my Rapid Reads novellas, but that’s all in the way of beta readers.

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Question #4: Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

Ms. Delany: Nope.

 

Question #5: Have you ever learned anything from a negative review and incorporated it into your writing?

Ms. Delany: One reviewer of my first novel, Scare the Light Away, said the sub-characters were “cartoonish”. I never forget that, and I have always tried since not to ever be accused of that again.

 

Question #6: Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even a year? Do/did you go back and finish them?

Ms. Delany: Not that long, no. But when time permits, I like to put aside a book for six weeks or so and then read it with new eyes. I find it really does make a difference.

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Question #7: If you’re writing about a city/country/culture you haven’t physically visited, how much research do you conduct before you start writing?

Ms. Delany: I have never written about a place I have never been to, although I have set things in historical times (which I can’t visit). Setting is very important to me in my writing, so I don’t think I could do a good job about a place I’ve never been. My Rapid Reads novellas, featuring RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer Ray Robertson, are set in South Sudan, Haiti, and Turks & Caicos, and yes, I have been to all those places. I traveled to the Outer Banks specifically to visit before writing my Lighthouse Library series (under the pen name of Eva Gates). Sometimes, of course, I make it all up, as in Rudolph, New York, where the Year Round Christmas Books are set.

 

Question #8: If you could write about anyone from any time period, who would you write about?

Ms. Delany: Not a real person, but a fictional one, and that’s Sherlock Holmes. In fact, as it happens, I sort of am writing about Sherlock in my new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. The main character, Gemma Doyle, has a lot of similarities to the Great Detective. The first book in that series is Elementary, She Read, and it will be released in March 2017 by Crooked Lane Books.

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany Cover

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany

 

Question #9: If you could spend one day with a character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during the day?

Ms. Delany: I have two picks. For serious research, I’d spend the day following Constable Molly Smith (of the series by the same name) on the beat in Trafalgar, British Columbia. For pure fun, I’d love to have a day in Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, the store owned by Merry Wilkinson in the Year Round Christmas series. Maybe we can go to lunch at Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.

 

Thank you once again to Vicki Delany for being willing to answer my questions and share a little bit of her writing process and a bit of herself with us! Don’t forget to check out her newest release, We Wish You a Murderous Christmas!

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