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Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Announces Finalists(Toronto, ON)

April 15, 2015 – The Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries is pleased to announce this year’s finalists.

The award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore.

Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2015 Bony Blithe Award:

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Touchwood Editions)

Judith Alguire, Many Unpleasant Returns (Signature Editions)

E.C. Bell, Seeing the Light (Tyche Books)

Janet Bolin, Night of the Living Thread (Berkley Prime Crime)

Allan Stratton, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish (Dundurn Press)

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Bash on Friday, May 29, at The Hot House Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church St., Toronto (Church at Front).

The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Room.

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The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.

Thank you to all the publishers and authors who submitted their books for this year’s contest. May there be many smiles in your future.

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Mesdames on the Move: Events for April, 2015

M.H. CallwayThe merry Mesdames of Mayhem have a busy schedule ahead this month – while they still wait for spring!

On April 1st, Mme Melodie Campbell launched her new novella, Code Name: Gypsy Moth, a light-hearted – and sexy – adventure in space. Check out Mme Mel’s hilarious blog on horrible typos a writer can never live down for details on where to get your copy.

On Thursday, April 16th, Mmes M. H. Callway, Donna Carrick and Joan O’Callaghan will entertain their fellow Sisters and Brothers in Crime at SinC Toronto Chapter’s monthly meeting. The theme is how to market an anthology. Several of the Mesdames will be in attendance and will read. Meeting will be held at the Northern District Library, 40 Orchardview Blvd., Toronto.

On Tuesday, April 21st, several Mesdames, including Cathy Astolfo, Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell and Joan O’Callaghan, will visit St. Hilary’s Anglican Church book club for an evening of mystery and fun. (Note: This is a private event.)

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Arthurs Shortlist Event will be held in Toronto at the Chapters/Indigo, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. W., Toronto from 7-9 p.m. Mmes Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell and Lisa De Nikolits will be reading with fellow CWC members. Fingers crossed everyone!

On Thursday, April 30th, Mmes Cathy Astolfo, Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Rosemary McCracken and Lynne Murphy, will entertain readers at the Bradford Public Library. Mystery Night will be held 7:30 to 9:00 pm at 425 Holland St W, Bradford West Gwillimbury.

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Worst Typos EVER – Take 2! ~ by Melodie Campbell

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Buy Code Name: Gypsy Moth today and get Rowena and the Dark Lord or The Artful Goddaughter free! (I love to introduce readers to my other series. Email me at with proof of purchase and I will gift you your choice.)

It happened again, and this time it was my fault.

You know how it happens. Spellcheck has an evil twin that changes your word by one letter, and you don’t notice it until it goes to print. Public becomes Pubic. Corporate Assets becomes Corporate Asses. The Provincial Health Minister becomes Provincial Health Monster. We’ve all been there.

Readers may recall that last year, I wasn’t too happy when the virtual blog tour company paid by my publisher changed the title Rowena and the Dark Lord to Rowena and the Dark Lard. Sales were NOT stellar. However, the hilarity that ensued was probably worth the typo. Seems there were all sorts of people willing to suggest alternative plot lines for a book about Dark Lard. Many were a mite more entertaining than the original concept (she said ruefully.)

Here’s a small sample:

Protagonist moves back to Land’s End and opens up a bakery.

Protagonist and love interest return to Land’s End and become pig farmers.

Protagonist messes up another spell that causes all who look at her to turn into donuts.

It’s enough to make a grown writer cry.

Well, this time I did it to myself.

REALLY not cool to request a formal industry review for a book and misspell the title.

No matter how it reads, “Cod Name: Gypsy Moth” is not a tale about an undercover fish running a bar off the coast of Newfoundland…

That wasn’t enough. People were quick to respond with suggested plot lines on Facebook. Other authors (22 in fact) had to wade in .

he’d have to scale back his expectations – a bar like that would be underwater in no time.

and here’s me waiting with ‘baited’ breath

Readers will dive right into that

That’s a whale of a tale

that book will really “hook” a reader

Smells pretty fishy to me

definitely the wrong plaice at the wrong time.

We’re really floundering here; no trout about it.

Okay! In the interest of sane people everywhere, I’ll stop on that last one.

The real name of the book?


“Comedy and Space Opera – a blast to read” (former editor Distant Suns magazine)

“a worthy tribute to Douglas Adams” (prepub review)

It isn’t easy being a female barkeep in the final frontier…especially when you’re also a spy!

Nell Romana loves two things: the Blue Angel Bar, and Dalamar, a notorious modern-day knight for hire.  Too bad he doesn’t know she is actually an undercover agent.

The bar is a magnet for all sorts of thirsty frontier types, and some of them don’t have civilized manners. That’s no problem for Dalamar, who is built like a warlord and keeps everyone in line.

But when Dal is called away on a routine job, Nell uncovers a rebel plot to overthrow the Federation.  She has to act fast and alone.

Then the worst happens.  Her cover is blown …

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Bio: Melodie Campbell
The Toronto Sun called her Canada’s “Queen of Comedy.” Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. Melodie Campbell got her start writing standup. She has over 200 publications and nine awards for fiction. Code Name: Gypsy Moth (Imajin Books) is her eighth book.

Buy Code Name: Gypsy Moth today and get Rowena and the Dark Lord or The Artful Goddaughter free! (I love to introduce readers to my other series. Email me at with proof of purchase and I will gift you your choice.)

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The Mesdames visit SIGNS Restaurant, March 25, 6:30 pm


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Coming soon: the Mesdames visit St. Hilary’s Book Club!

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Mesdames on the Move – by M.H. Callway

March is coming in like a wild lion with several reading events featuring the Mesdames!

March 19th, Toronto Public Library, Jones Branch, 118 Jones Ave, Toronto, 6:30 PM:
Mesdames Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Rosemary McCracken and D. J. McIntosh will discuss the challenges for women authors in today’s publishing world.

Rosemary Aubert will be reading from her new book, Don’t Forget You Love Me, the long-awaited follow-up to her award-winning Ellis Portal mystery series. M. H. Callway will read from her newly published debut novel, Windigo Fire, which received a very positive review in the Globe and Mail.

Rosemary McCracken will read from Black Water, the second book in her popular Pat Tierney mystery series and D. J. McIntosh may give readers a taste of her upcoming novel, The Angel of Eden, to be published by Penguin in May.

March 24th, The National Council of Jewish Women has invited Mesdames D. J. McIntosh, Sylvia Maultash-Warsh and Joan O’Callaghan to be the guest presenters their book club. (This is a private event.)

March 25th, SIGNS Restaurant, 558 Yonge Street, Toronto, 6:30 PM:
Mesdames M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Lynne Murphy will have a unique opportunity to connect with deaf and hearing readers at a special event hosted by SIGNS. They will be working with an interpreter while they discuss women in mystery and read from their novels and stories.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

March 30th, Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, 2:00 PM:
Mesdames Rosemary Aubert, Melodie Campbell and M. H. Callway are thrilled to be the guest presenters at the event, Tea and Mystery. It will be a delight to meet and answer questions from mystery fans in the Niagara Region and to share readings from their latest crime fiction novels.

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Congratulations to our very own 2015 Derringer Finalists!

March 1 is here at last! With it comes the anxiously awaited Derringer Awards short-list announcement.

We are delighted to learn that two of our very own Mesdames, founder M.H. Callway and author Vicki Delany, are honoured as finalists for these prestigious Short Mystery Fiction Society Awards!

Kudos to Mme M.H. Callway, for her original and highly-unique tale “The Ultimate Mystery”, which was featured in the 2014 anthology World Enough And Crime (Carrick Publishing).

Hats off also to our talented and diverse Mme Vicki Delany for her international mystery Juba Good, honoured in the category for Best Novelette!
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Snow Outside, Warmth Inside: Madame Rosemary Aubert at Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore

Rosemary A Signing

by Mme Joan O’Callaghan. Photos by Donna Carrick.

The snow piled up outside, but Madame Rosemary Aubert’s many fans and readers braved the elements to come to Sleuth Bookstore on Millwood Avenue in Toronto, to celebrate the release of her new Ellis Portal novel, Don’t Forget You Love Me.

On hand to share in the celebration were Alex and Donna Carrick of Carrick Publishing, which published Don’t Forget You Love Me. Visitors were treated to real English tea, party sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers, and cookies made to look like policemen! Sir Percival, the store’s resident poodle , sporting a new haircut, was also on hand to greet visitors in hopes of scoring a piece of cheese.

Visitors were able to chat with Rosemary, buy the books and get them signed and browse in the wonderful ambience of the mystery bookstore.

We’re thrilled that Rosemary has added another Ellis Portal mystery to the series. Dare we hope for more??
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Join the Mesdames at Signs Restaurant on March 25!

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Carrot Cake and Cozies: Mme Vicki Delany’s new book

Last Tuesday, February 10th, Mme Vicki Delany launched her new cozy mystery series in her hometown of Picton, Ontario. The temperatures were frigid outside, but Mme M. H. Callway and friend and author, Gail Hamilton, joined the warm crowd at the Picton Public Library to celebrate with her.

Mme Vicki took a departure from her Molly Smith police procedurals and her darker, stand-alone novels to pen By Book or By Crook, the first book in the series set in a lighthouse library on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The book’s hero librarian, Lucy, has fled her stuffy Boston blue-blood family to find adventure and she certainly does when the odious chairman of her library board is murdered. She sets out to clear her friend’s name and to recover the priceless first edition of a Jane Austen novel, while juggling the attentions of the town’s handsome mayor and the hot detective on the case. And of course she is ably assisted by her clever cat, Charles Dickens!

While we munched down Vicki’s delicious carrot cake, she outlined for us how these cozies are written in a way similar to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries. Penguin Obsidian supplied the basic plot, setting and characters, but Vicki as the author had considerable freedom in writing the book. She could even change the identity of the murderer if it made more sense to the plot.

The books are under Vicki’s pen name of Eva Gates. While Penguin Obsidian retains the copyright, Vicki receives royalties as the author.

By Book or by Crook is receiving very positive reviews and is one of Marian’s Picks in the Sleuth of Baker Street newsletter. Mme Mad and Gail cannot wait to read the second book in the Lighthouse Library Series, Booked for Trouble, which comes out this September!

For more reviews and info about the series, check out the webpage: . By Book or by Crook is the first of the four – yes, four! – books Vicki will publish this year. It is her seventeenth novel! She heads south again to continue promoting the Eva Gates series later this month. For a complete listing of Vicki’s travels, visit her website:

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