Former novelist Elaine Benson is helping an elderly spinster write a memoir of her years with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters of WWII when she discovers that the writer hired before her died under suspicious circumstances.
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki Delaney is settling down into the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario.
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I loved this author's first novel SCARE THE LIGHT AWAY and ordered her second as soon as I heard a publilcation date. BURDEN OF MEMORY is another wonderful novel. The story has been synopsized in other reviews so there's no point in my reiterating. I know some readers are put off by prologues and or flashbacks and you will find both of those here. I hope you won't cheat yourself out of enjoying a way above average novel because of them. Delany's use of both is deft and light handed ALWAYS moving the story along effectively. I give this author my highest reccomendation.
Elaine Benson wrote two highly regarded biographies of pioneer Canadian women when she fell in love and married. Her husband persuaded her that the money is in screenplays so they teamed up with Elaine doing the research. However, Elaine obtained a divorce and left Hollywood for Toronto and applied for the job of writing the true story of wealthy elderly Miss Moira Madison. She obtains the position, but learns that Donna Smithton had the job for one week before accidentally drowning in nearby Lake Muskoka. --- Moira, as she prefers to be called, fears that the talented Elaine will uncover family secrets from the war days that she does not want revealed. Instead Moira prefers most of the bio to be concentrated on her work with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters of World War II. However, Elaine, who moves into a nearby cottage, begins to uncover questions that link the so called accidental drowning by Donna to events during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Someone will kill to insure that certain secrets remain buried. She wonders if the man she recently met in Moira¿s home and is half in love with, Alan Manners, is behind the attempts to keep secrets hidden. --- This is an interesting Canadian amateur sleuth thriller that works because Elaine is believable as she has the skills to analyze documents and uncover secrets. Her inquiries start off innocently but as she begins to comprehend what she is digging up, danger mounts and she ponders who to trust including those she cares about like her client and Alan. BURDEN OF MEMORY uses some flashbacks to tell the backdrop WWII story, but whether it is past or present Vicki Delaney provides a wonderful cozy. --- Harriet Klausner