Burden of Memory by Vicki Delany audiobook

Burden of Memory: A Mystery

By Vicki Delany
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Blackstone Publishing 9781590584156
10.68 Hours Unabridged
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Elaine Benson, a successful novelist who let love in the person of an unreliable screenwriter jettison her career, is now divorced, broke, and on her way to a so-called primitive, untamed northern forest on Canada’s Lake Muskoka to interview for a job. Elderly Miss Moira Madison of the fabulously rich Canadian family wishes to write her memoirs. Miss Madison isn’t interested in a bestseller; she wants to leave a record of her life and, most specifically, of her years with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters of World War II. Her service in Britain and the European theater was filled with triumphs and bitter losses and forever shaped her life. Settling into the family “cottage” and what remains of a lifestyle long gone, Elaine reconnects with her love of researching the past—until she discovers that the first such writer hired died under suspicious circumstances. Could her project stir someone to murder?

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Summary

Summary

Elaine Benson, a successful novelist who let love in the person of an unreliable screenwriter jettison her career, is now divorced, broke, and on her way to a so-called primitive, untamed northern forest on Canada’s Lake Muskoka to interview for a job. Elderly Miss Moira Madison of the fabulously rich Canadian family wishes to write her memoirs. Miss Madison isn’t interested in a bestseller; she wants to leave a record of her life and, most specifically, of her years with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters of World War II. Her service in Britain and the European theater was filled with triumphs and bitter losses and forever shaped her life. Settling into the family “cottage” and what remains of a lifestyle long gone, Elaine reconnects with her love of researching the pastuntil she discovers that the first such writer hired died under suspicious circumstances. Could her project stir someone to murder?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The best Canadian novels are always firmly set in a place…Vicki Delany’s second novel effectively uses the Muskoka setting for a very fine novel about memory and class and caste in old Ontario…Someone doesn't want the story of Moira Madison written and is willing to kill to keep the family secrets. Delany has done a great job with this book...This is, obviously, ideal reading for a weekend at the cottage or as a hostess gift for visitors. Read it under the trees and see every page come to life.” Globe and Mail
“Delany's fine second mystery offers a breath of fresh air from north of the border…The alternating rhythm of chapters of contemporary narrative and shorter sections of Moira’s recollections of life as an army nurse helps build suspense. The striking setting, the picture of the Canadian social elite, and several deftly handled subplots make for a richly textured and highly satisfying read.” Publishers Weekly
“After a messy divorce, Elaine Benson thinks that a job helping wealthy Canadian matriarch Moira Madison write her memoirs might be just the thing to get her nonfiction writing career back on track…Readers who favor leisurely puzzles steeped in family dynamics and flavored with descriptions of beautiful scenery may find this just what they’re looking for.” Booklist
“Debut novelist Delany is adept at ratcheting up the emotional tension.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Vicki Delany

Author Bio: Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised mostly in Ontario. She attended Carleton University, majoring in modern history. She later left a job as a systems analyst to settle in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the author of the Klondike mysteries, the Constable Molly Smith mysteries, several stand-alone novels, and a blog about the writing life. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Capital Crime Writers and is on the board of Wolfe Island’s Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English