Debra's newsletter: Editing, Walking, and Gardening My Way Through May

May 02, 2021 4:22 pm


Welcome to my May newsletter! May is one of my favourite months of the year. The blossoms are out, the weather’s warmer, patio furniture will be coming out of storage, and summer plans are underway. Aside from yard work, I also do a lot more walking in May, which for me is also book research.

All of my mysteries are set in Vancouver’s lower mainland, which is about a 30-minute drive east of Vancouver. I’ve lived in this beautiful, mountainous area at the end of Burrard Inlet for over thirty years, and I’ve seen some changes. One of my earlier mysteries is Fatal Encryption, featuring former tax auditor Alex Bellamy. The book was published in 2008 and depicts scenes of Port Moody, where I live.

The final confrontation between Alex and the killer takes place in an empty parking lot at Rocky Point Park (a much-loved landmark) during a stormy November night. By the time the book was published, half of the parking lot had been replaced by a restaurant. One of the challenges of writing about real-life places is that things change. Port Moody is changing so fast that I hope to capture more scenes before the city becomes unrecognizable. If you’re curious about Vancouver and the lower mainland, Fatal Encryption is available at the following links:


As a thank you for sticking with me so far, I also have a bonus for you. For the next month, the second installment in my Casey Holland series, Deadly Accusations is on sale for $1.99



Apple books:

Barnes & Noble:


And please remember to check out the link to free mystery ebooks that I mentioned last month. The link will be in effect until May 9th, at

Until next time!


Mysteries on the Move…