Monday, November 29, 2010


Vicki, author of the Klondike Mysteries, will be appearing in Kingston and Picton:

Dec 11, 1 pm, Picton, Books and Company
Dec 12, 1 pm, Kingston, The Novel Idea

She'll be reading from "Gold Fever" and her new title, "Negative Image".

Friday, November 19, 2010


It was a full house last night at the Riverdale Public Library in Toronto’s east end. As part of the library’s 100th birthday celebrations, RendezVous Crime author Mel Bradshaw gave a historical talk illustrated with slides showing the neighbourhood in the old days. To evoke the library’s teen years, Bradshaw read from his Roaring Twenties whodunit Quarrel with the Foe. Lively discussion ensued, and fans had the author sign copies of all three of his crime novels.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Margaret Cannon of the Globe reviewed not one, not two, but three of our fall list...thanks to her for the support!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


A lovely new review on the Mystery Maven Blog

Monday, November 15, 2010


for Oakville Literacy Council

Monday, November 15, 2010
5 to 8 p.m.

Chapters Oakville
Dorval Crossing, 310 North Service Rd.
Activities for children, plus readings by authors:

Vicki Delany Maureen Jennings Joshua Martyr
With every purchase of instore items during our event,

Chapters will make a donation equal to 10% of the purchase
to Oakville Literacy Council’s adult literacy program.
Please register upon arrival to make your purchase eligible.
All guests entered into door prize draw!

Discounts (including iRewards) are not in effect during fundraisers, and
purchases of gift cards or iRewards cards do not count toward the fundraiser.

Monday, October 18, 2010


A nice new article promoting Brenda's In Winter's Grip...out very soon!


Acclaimed crime novelist Mel Bradshaw will be giving an historical chat in celebration of Riverdale Library's 100th Anniversary, with special reference to the author's roaring 'twenties mystery Quarrel with the Foe

When: Thursday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Adult Program Room, Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave., Toronto
Cost: Free


Vicki, author of the Yukon mysteries Gold Digger and Gold Fever, is touring extensively this fall. Come on out and visit with her!

Saturday November 6, noon, Chapters Oshawa, Ontario

Sunday November 7, noon, Chapters Ajax, Ontario

Vicki Delany & Barbara Fradkin, Panel and Discussion, Saturday Nov 13, 1:30 PM, Pointe Claire Library, Pointe Claire, Quebec. FREE event.

Sunday November 14, noon, Chapters Kanata, Ontario

Thursday Nov 18, 5:30, Chapters Kingston, Ontario

Saturday Nov 20, noon, Indigo Kingston, Ontario

Sunday November 21, noon, Chapters Belleville, Ontario

Wednesday November 24, 5 PM, Chapters, Rideau Street, Ottawa

Wednesday November 24, 7 PM, Chapters, Rideau Street, Ottawa. All welcome.

Thursday November 25, Noon, Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto, Ontario

Thursday November 25, 4 PM, Indigo Yorkdale, Toronto

Friday November 26, 6 PM, Indigo Milton, Ontario

Saturday November 27, 12:30 PM, Chapters Oakville, Ontario

Sunday November 28, noon, Indigo Burlington, Ontario

Saturday, December 4, noon, Chapters Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario

Saturday, December 11, 1 PM, Books and Company, Main Street, Picton, Ontario

Sunday, December 12, 1 PM, Novel Idea Bookstore, and Company, 156 Princess Street, Picton, Ontario

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

RVC Writer's Retreat!

RVP writers, Vicki Delany, Barbara Fradkin, R.J. Harlick and Mary Jane Maffini were hatching murderous plots at a recent writers' retreat deep in the woods of West Quebec. They were joined by furry friends, Lily and Daisy, the two miniature dachsunds, Sterling, the standard poodle and Kieffer, the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever. A great time was had by all. Plus they, the writers that is, came away with lots of wicked ideas for their next murder mysteries.

RendezVous Crime Authors at Crime Writers of Canada Booth

The weather co-operated for Word on the Street, bringing smiles to the faces of writers and readers alike. RendezVous Crime authors Vicki Delany and Mel Bradshaw kicked off festivities at the Crime Writers of Canada booth, selling and signing books as well as signing people up for CWC's Cool Canadian Crime. Vicki went on to sign her books at the Napoleon/RendezVous booth, and her place was ably supplied by RV Crime author and CWC past president Rick Blechta.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Vicki Delany, J.D. Carpenter, and Janet Kellough will be appearing in a very special Taste! event at By Chadsey's Cairns winery to preview their current works in progress. Food will be provided by Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy and Prince Edward County farms. Wines from By Chadsey's Cairns. Wander the vineyards, taste the wine, nibble Jamie's lamb poutine, and listen to Prince Edward County's top crime writers discuss the development of a new novel. FREE event.

Monday September 27. 7:00 PM. By Chadsey's Cairns, 17432 Loyalist Pkwy., Wellington. For information and to register call 613-399-2992.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Multi-award-winning RendezVous Crime author Barbara Fradkin will be joining the Typists at Type M for Murder, posting on alternate Wednesdays. Type M for Murder has been recognized by Colleges Online as one of the top 100 creative writing blogs, and was recently declared one of the forty-five top mystery blogs.

RendezVous Crime authors Rick Blechta and Vicki Delany are already part of the blog's roster.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Brenda Chapman, author of the upcoming "In Winter's Grip", was interviewed in the August edition of Eerie Digest, 'the online mystery and Hollywood insider magazine'.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Brenda Chapman Honoured

The Ottawa Public Library Board has awarded the Ottawa Public Library Order of Friendship to the judges of the Awesome Authors Contest, including RVC's own Brenda Chapman. "This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions made to the Ottawa Public Library by individuals, groups and/or institutions." As one of this year's judges, Brenda will be attending the ceremony on June 14th at the Cumberland Branch.

Monday, May 31, 2010


For a different sort of launch party for Gold Fever, the second in the Klondike Mystery series, Vicki Delany hosted a formal afternoon tea at The Tea Room, Marine Drive, Oakville Ontario. It was a great event, the food was lovely, served with a variety of teas. The early spring afternoon was exceptionally warm so people enjoyed sitting outside as well as inside the restaurant.


Some of RVC's folks hobnobbing the Bloody Words conference in Toronto, May 28-29

Photo one: Linda Wiken, Brenda Chapman, Barbara Fradkin
Photo two: CB Forrest, Brenda Chapman

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cool Canadian Crime in Action

RVC authors, the publisher and the editor gathered on the evening of May 27 at the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre for a banquet in honour of the nominees for the Arthur Ellis Awards of 2010. We were especially happy because two of the nominees were RVC authors, R.J. Harlick for Arctic Blue Death and C.B. Forrest for
The Weight of Stones.

Although neither of our nominees won, it was a fun evening where we celebrated the accomplishments of all crime writers in Canada. The evening ended with the presentation of the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime achievement to Peter Robinson, a two-time president of the CWC.

Photo 1: RVC authors Lou Allin and Joan Boswell
Photo 2: Barbara Fradkin and Linda Wiken, former owner of Prime Books and crime writer
Photo 3: Some of the RVC gang: (front) a rather intense Rick Blechta, Mel Bradshaw. (rear) editor Allister Thompson, nominee C.B. Forrest, nominee R.J. Harlick, publisher Sylvia McConnell

Friday, April 23, 2010


On Thursday evening, April 22, there were Arthur Ellis shortlisting parties across the country, all well attended and convivial. We at RendezVous Crime attended the Toronto party at the Back Alley Grill in Kensington Market.

Maureen Jennings led a panel of award winners in a hilarious event which had the panellists (of which RVC author and two-time Arthur Ellis award winner Jon Redfern was a member) answer questions such as: When you won your first Arthur Ellis award, what were you wearing?

Today, RendezVous Crime is proud to congratulate two of our authors: R.J. Harlick has been shortlisted for Best Novel for "Arctic Blue Death" and C. B. Forrest for Best First Novel for "The Weight of Stones". Both are richly deserved nominations for two hardworking authors.

The party continues...

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Last night (April 21), RendezVous Crime author Mel Bradshaw was one of three writers featured in the "Malice, Mystery, and Murder" reading series at the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Corktown, Toronto. For Mel, this was a return to the scene of the crime: three years ago he gave a talk at the Turner on mid-19th century Canada, the milieu of his debut historical mystery Death in the Age of Steam. Yesterday he read passages set in The Royal Conservatory of Music (Victim Impact) and in a Cherry Street blind pig during Prohibition (Quarrel with the Foe). A paying audience of more than two dozen seemed to appreciate the irony of the latter. Enoch Turner founded the city's first free school in 1848 with the earnings of his brewery.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Montreal's Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival

On April 22 at 6:30p.m., Barbara Fradkin will participate in a panel with Anthony Bidulka, moderated by Louise Penny, entitled "East vs. West; the Great Mystery Showdown". The Arthur Ellis Shortlists will be announced at the end of the panel.


—Barbara Fradkin & Linda Wiken will be giving a talk on writing mysteries to the audience at the Ottawa Little Theatre, just prior to the performance of "An Act of the Imagination" on Tuesday, May 4th at 7:15 p.m.

—On Sunday, May 16th, Joan Boswell, Barbara Fradkin, Mary Jane Maffini & Linda Wiken (of The Ladies Killing Circle) will kick off the "Literary Dames" monthly literary salon at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1227 Wellington St., Ottawa at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mel Bradshaw Toronto Appearance

On Wednesday, April 21, "Malice, Murder, and Mystery at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse" will feature a reading by RendezVous Crime Author Mel Bradshaw. Time: 6:30 p.m. Address: 106 Trinity Street, Toronto (King and Parliament). Tickets are $15 and reservations can be made by phoning 416.863.0010 or e-mailing More information can be found at

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Arthur Ellis comes to Picton!

Arthur Ellis was the name adopted by Canada’s hangman (when we had one) and he’s coming to small town Ontario – but not professionally. Crime Writers of Canada adopted his name for their yearly crime writing awards. The shortlist for this year’s awards is being announced on Thursday, April 22nd – and one of the shortlist parties will be in Picton!

The festivities will include a panel discussion from the assembled authors (Weird & Wonderful Ways to Die), readings, a Q&A session, and of course, the eagerly-awaited announcement of the 2010 Arthur Ellis shortlist. If you love crime fiction, you have to be there!

Three RendezVous Crime authors will be in attendance, Rick Blechta, Vicki Delany and Mary Jane Maffini. Also in attendance will be Michael Blair, JD Carpenter, Janet Kellough, Violette Malan and John Moss. That’s quite a line-up!

Where: Books & Company (a fantastic independent book shop), 289 Main Street, Picton, ON

When: Thursday, April 22nd, starting at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

On Monday April 19th, Vicki Delany will be speaking at the Toronto Reference Library
at 7;00 PM. The talk will be followed by a tour of the Conan Doyle
Collection. Vicki will be speaking about Tradition and Today: Making the Detective Novel Your Own. Vicki writes both modern police procedural novels and historical
mysteries (The Klondike Mysteries for RendezVous Crime). She will discuss the joys and perils of each with emphasis on the pleasures, and limitations, of writing historical fiction

A member of the Canadian International Dedevelopment Agency (or of the Provincial Reconstruction Team) serving in Kandahar, relaxes with a good book... Vicki Delany's Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Brenda Chapman recently judged the Ottawa Public Library's English short story category for the annual Awesome Authors' contest. The contest is open to young authors aged nine to seventeen with judging broken into three age groups. Brenda also presented the short story awards at the packed-house presentation ceremony on March 31st at Ben Franklin Place in Nepean. She is pictured with the other judges Michel Lavoie and J.C. Sulzenko.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vicki Delaney has a number of events lined up, what with her new title, Gold Fever, coming out.

—Wedesday April 13, 7:00, St Paul's United Church, 454 Rebecca St. Oakville, Ontario. Vicki will give a talk on living the writing life with readings.

—The launch Party for Gold Fever: A Klondike Mystery, Friday April 16, 6 - 7:30 PM. Sleuth of Baker Street, 1600 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ont. Wine will be served.

—We Love Mysteries: Tour of Author Conan Doyle Room and Author Talk. Monday April 19. 7:00 PM Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto. Talk on Tradition and Today: Making the Detective Novel Your Own. Vicki discusses the joys and perils of each with emphasis on the pleasures, and limitations, of writing historical fiction.

—Vicki will be part of a special Arthur Ellis Shortlist Night Event on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM. At Books and Company, 289 Main Street, Picton, Ontario.

—Vicki will be at the Malice Domestic Convention, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virginia Friday April 30,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Many authors published by RVC will be at the fabulous Bloody Words 2010 mystery conference: Barbara Fradkin, Vicki Delany, Lou Allin, Rick Blechta, R. J. Harlick, Mary Jane Maffini, Therese Greenwood, Linda Wiken and Sue Pike.

Check out the fun here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Check out the cover for RVC's fabulous spring mystery by Vicki Delany!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Vicki Delany, author of Winter of Secrets (Poisoned Pen Press) and Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery (Rendezvous Crime), will be speaking about and reading from her books at the Peterborough Public Library as part of their “Curious and Courageous” reading series. Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 p.m., 345 Aylmer St. North, Peterborough. Perfect reading for the Olympic Season, Winter of Secrets received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vicki Delany, author of Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery, will be speaking
about and reading from her books at the Peterborough Public Library as
part of their Curious and Courageous reading series.

The event takes place on Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM, at 345 Aylmer St. North, Peterborough, ON.