Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany

Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany

Vicky Delany has set this series off to a fabulous start. She takes the reader back in time in a very comfortable way. She sets the scene wonderfully with detailed descriptions and brings the area to life featuring a core set of characters along with some of the 400+ guests, 1 talented entertainer, and the nephew of the deceased who wants some answers.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Two elements initially drew me to Deadly Summer Nights – that gorgeous cover & the fact that Vicki Delany wrote it. I’m delighted (and not surprised) to report that the story inside is just as good as it looks like I knew it would be.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

I love this historical book, and I can’t wait to read the next one. Ms. Delany has done a fantastic job, and I love everything.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Along with a first rate mystery, plenty of laughs, a little romance, and a sweet bulldog named Winston make DEADLY SUMMER NIGHTS a summertime treat that transports you back in time.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Deadly Summer Nights razzed my berries with a wet rag pursuer, a comedian with a good bit, a goof dishwasher, a lumpy magician, a jazzed bartender, the heat with a Mickey Mouse idea, a peachy keen manager, and a killer lighting up the tilt sign.
~The Avid Reader

Delany’s outdone herself with this book. For a first in series, it’s wonderful. I encourage everyone to give it a chance, as it combines history with drama, mystery with friendship, and lots of potential for romance and suspense.
~This Is My Truth Now

I absolutely loved figuring out whodunit along with Elizabeth and her cohorts. There are so many red herrings that you’re bound to end up at the bottom of the lake looking at the wrong one several times!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This is a wonderful start to what is shaping up to be a great new series by Delany. I have enjoyed her other books is I was happy to get my hands on a copy of this . . . a fabulously fun read perfect for fans of historical cozy mysteries. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

There is depth to the characters and layers to the story as a result . . . All in all, a neatly tied up whodunnit with nice closure.
~JoAnne for Novel’s Alive

The author’s detailed descriptions of everything from the resort grounds to the food and clothes drop the reader in another time and place. The pacing and elements of the mystery surrounding the death of a reclusive guest simply add to the immersion into 1950s upper-middle-class Americana.
~I Read What You Write!

Deadly Summer Nights is engaging, dramatic, and filled with friendship, amateur sleuthing, and a wonderful mystery. The characters, development, and world building were superb.
~Sapphyria’s Books

Deadly Summer Nights is a delightful read. The author does a wonderful job at establishing a sense of time and place. There are so many fascinating little details . . .
~View from the Birdhouse

Entertaining throughout, Vicki Delany’s writing talent is undoubtedly illuminated in this tale of mystery, so give it a whirl. It’s a winning combination of history, drama, mystery, humour and friendship, with the potential for some romance.
~Brianne’s Book Reviews

In Deadly Summer Nights you are transported back to a vacation resort in the Catskills in the 1950’s. The details and descriptions are so rich that you really feel as though you have gone back in time.
~The Book’s the Thing

What a fun concept for a series and the perfect time setting for me to read about. The 50s is my favorite era and I was delighted to visit it through this book.
~Brooke Blogs

What I really liked about this story was the way that it dug a bit deeper into what the real world was like during the 1950s, as opposed to keeping reality at bay as the Catskills resorts were famous for doing in their heyday. Which were, after all, the 1950s.
~Reading Reality

Elizabeth is a wonderful, strong character. She is easy for me to like and root for. Even her supporting crew were likable, funny, and quirky. I loved them all.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

With signature style, Delany delivers a small-town vibe, strongly investing in character development, creating humorous moments, and building relationships that lay the groundwork for future installments of the series. All in all, this series is a welcome addition to the genre from one of the great storytellers in the field . . .
~Book Club Librarian

About Deadly Summer Nights

Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (September 7, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059333437X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334379
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NT3JCXQ

A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series.


It’s the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman’s is ideal, and although Elizabeth’s ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother’s business.


When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she’ll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed.


About Vicki Delany

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.


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