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My short mystery story "Murder on the Northern Lights Express" is part of the Mystery Most Geographical anthology published by those wonderful folks at Malice Domestic, in connection with the 30th annual Malice Domestic Conference, 2018

"Murder on the Northern Lights Express" takes place in 1961, on a train journey from Toronto to Borealis Bay, Ontario.

Writer Alice Berlin is meeting up with the tight little clique of friends from her university days, on a reunion trip north. But she has own agenda, and is determined to find the truth behind her one friend's surprising--even highly unlikely--literary and academic success.

The train in my book is inspired by Ontario Northland's Polar Bear Express, which still makes the run from Cochrane to Moosonee, on James Bay.
Where to buy Mystery Most Geographical


I'm happy to have my short mystery "The Lady's Maid Vanishes" included in the anthology Mystery Most Historical, published in conjunction with the 29th annual Malice Domestic Conference, 2017

I'm in good company with 29 other mystery writers, including Catriona McPherson, Marcia Talley and Martin Edwards.

"The Lady's Maid Vanishes" takes place in 1931, when Lady Byng, wife of the former Governor General of Canada, and her entourage are staying at a rustic lodge in the Rockies. Her maid, Vaughan, goes for a walk in the woods, and vanishes.

The story was inspired by an incident I read in the memoirs of Evelyn, Lady Byng, Up The Stream of Time. In real life, Vaughan was found safe, though terrified, long after nightfall.

In my story, however, things turn out quite different.
Where to buy Mystery Most Historical


Spring 2017. My short story, "Gossip" is part of the Fourth fishy anthology from the Guppies Chapter of Sisters in Crime

Small town Ontario. A successful artist returns to the small town she left behind her nearly twenty years ago, having heard a surprising revelation about her reputation.

She's back to set the story straight, but soon finds it's not easy to root out what really happened.

Especially when the Church Bazaar Ladies get down and dirty with the gossip.
Where to buy Fish Out of Water


Two of my stories, along with those of 17 other Canadian crime writers, are included in the newest anthology from Canadian Sisters in Crime.

Family Traditions
Stuck in the kitchen on the biggest turkey-and-football day of the year, a long-suffering housewife takes a new look at sacred family traditions.

A Death at the Parsonage

Winner of the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award
for best Short Story
1823 England: When an unpopular clergyman dies a suspicious death while preparing his Sunday sermon, a quick-witted lady turns detective to come to the aid of her friend.

"Then we have Susan Daly, the prize of the collection, who presents a clever and funny take on Jane Austen...."
   The Whole She-Bang 3 review by Toronto Star whodunit reviewer, Jack Batten

Where to buy The Whole She-Bang 3


November 2014 saw the start of my life of crime, when my short story "Poetic Justice" was published in The Whole She-Bang 2 , an anthology from Canadian Sisters in Crime.

Following the 2011 success of the first book, The Whole She-Bang , the Canadian members of Sisters in Crime decided to publish a second anthology of crime stories by Canadian writers, from first offenders to hardened veterans.

I had a ton of fun writing "Poetic Justice" and couldn't resist basing it on recent, crazy events in Toronto. Jack Batten of the Star said, Susan Daly presents a juicy story of confrontations between characters based on Rob Ford and Margaret Atwood.

Doughnut shops vs. libraries, anyone?

Editor Janet Costello and her crew have pulled together 24 stories ranging from cosy to noir, from deadly serious to dying laughing. I'm thrilled to be included among such a talented crew of sisters and brothers.

What other writers are saying....

The Whole She-Bang 2 is wonderful! With accomplished short stories that range from hilarious to gruesome to downright unsettling, this is a collection sure to appeal to any taste. It does Canada's female crime writers proud.
     Louise Penny, New York Times Bestselling author

Thoughtful, well-written and above all, entertaining, this collection of short stories by established and up-and-coming crime writers is as Canadian as a polite little murder on a winter's afternoon.
      Elizabeth J. Duncan, award-winning author of the Penny Brannigan series.

Are the stories in this new collection by Sisters in Crime ingenious? Check. Well written? Check. A delight, a surprise, and unputdownable, story after story? Check, check, and check. If ever there was an anthology worth checking out, this is it.
      Scott Mackay, Arthur Ellis Award winner for best short mystery fiction
Where to buy The Whole She-Bang 2

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