Winter of Secrets, by Vicki Delany:Book Review & Giveaway

Dec 25, 2010 | 2010 Articles, Every Other Book, Lorie Lewis Ham, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Because people have been so busy with the holidays we decided to extend this contest another week-a winner will be picked on January 8! So don’t miss out on your chance to enter!

Review of the mystery novel Winter of Secrets, by Vicki Delany. Instructions on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Winter of Secrets at the end of this review.

It seems like just another cold, snowy Christmas Eve in the small town of Trafalgar, British Columbia until Constables Molly Smith and Dave Evans are summoned to the scene of a car accident where two young tourists have gone off the snowy road into the river. At first glance it appears to be an accident, but the autopsy reveals a shocking secret that turns this into a possible murder investigation.

The two young men in the car, Jason and Ewan, came to Trafalgar with several of their wealthy and spoiled friends for a ski holiday. As Molly is pulled into the investigation by Sergeant John Winters, they find themselves in the midst of a baffling murder with no real suspects, scene of the crime, or definite cause of death.

Throughout the next week, they learn more about the sexual exploits of the dead young men, and Jason’s dysfunctional rich family and friends. Before his death, Jason also wooed a local teenaged girl from the wrong side of the tracks, stirring up trouble with her brother who was recently released from prison. To add even more to the mix, a stalker is released from prison and seems to be lurking about looking for revenge. The twists and turns of this mystery keep you guessing right up to the end on New Year’s Eve.

Molly, whose real name is Moonlight, is a great character. She is strong, ambitious, and fighting to make her way in what in this small town is still a man’s world. She still has much to learn and stumbles through some of the investigation, making mistakes along the way that cause her embarrassment, but also make her a more realistic and sympathetic character. However, she never gives up and with Winters help they sort it all out in the end. I also enjoyed getting to know Winters and his model wife. I look forward to getting to know these characters better as the series continues—this is the third book in the series and came out in 2009. Molly’s mother Lucky is also a lot of fun.

If you are looking for a fun winter read, I recommend Winter of Secrets.To learn more about the author, Vicki Delany, and her other books, you can visit her website.

To enter to win a copy of Winter of Secrets, simply email KRL at with the subject line “Winter”, or comment on this article. U.S. and Canadian residents only please. A winner will be chosen on January 8.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds.


  1. I also have a new book entitled “Battle of Will” released in October by Create Space. Lorie, I’d love to have you review it when you have the time. The story takes place in my old stomping grounds in Alabama. While attending her father’s Methodist revival, Sue Backman struggles to find her kidnapped friend, while battling her father’s stubborn will to to press upon her his religious beliefs, and belief that she should leave the investigation to the authorities and remain with her seven-year-old son.

  2. …sounds like a good book to read on a cold, rainy night. Thanks for the review Happy New Year !

  3. Does sound like an interesting read. I just read André Jute’s Iditarod and am currently working on A Simple Amish Christmas by Vanetta Chapman. I think I am on a snow kick – must have somethign to do with all of the white stuff I’ve been shoveling. Count me in!

  4. “WINTER SECRETS” appears to be one engrossing novel.

  5. This sounds really good! I would love to read it! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  6. Thanks for letting us know about your new book. It sounds like a great read so please enter my name in the drawing.

    • Vicky Delany’s book sounds like a real winner — interestting characters and unusual (to me, anyway,) setting. I write historical mysteries with two nosy Puritans as detectives. (I figure Puritans were supposed to be nosy and nosy make s for a good detective.) Marilyn aka: M. E. KEMP, author: DEATH OF A DANCING MASTER.

  7. Love the cover for the book!

  8. Sounds like an interesting read.

  9. Thanks to all who entered-we have our winner Zulema Seligsohn. Please keep checking back for more mystery fun and giveaways! We have 2 more going on right now!
    Lorie Ham, Publisher


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