A Character Post with Colin Fitzhugh
No, I am not the hero of the Delhi Laine mysteries. Far from it. I’m her husband, Colin Fitzhugh, Professor of Archeology and poet extraordinaire. Well, maybe not so extraordinaire lately, though one of my books, Voices We Don’t Want to Hear, was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize. This is one of the reasons I moved out of the house, to try and recapture my lost muse.
I met Delhi when she was a sophomore at Douglass College and I was a teaching assistant. Sometimes she blames me for interrupting her education, but I’ve reminded her that she could easily go back and finish. Unfortunately she doesn’t want to. She’s too enamored of books and trying to track down the find of a lifetime. She also manages to get herself into situations where she doesn’t belong.
Delhi’s latest obsession is to try and find our lost daughter, Caitlin, who was presumed drowned as a tiny child in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She has this idea, based on an anonymous note someone sent her from England--all it said was, “Your daughter did not drown”--and a few other inconsistencies, that Caitlin was kidnapped from the park instead. So she’s trying to find Caitlin using any methods she can--hypnosis, developing old film, newspaper archives. Without telling me she was going, Delhi and our oldest daughter Jane headed off to Stratford on their own to search.
I’ve warned Delhi that even if she finds Caitlin, it will turn this girl’s life upside down and open a Pandora’s Box of complications for us. She’s not going to find the sweet child she remembers. But does she pay attention to anything I tell her?
Of course not. She never does.
A Photographic Death
by Judi Culbertson
on Tour May 27 - June 27, 2014
Genre: Mystery & Detective; Women Sleuth
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: 5/27/2014
Number of Pages: 288
Synopsis:Bookseller-turned-amateur detective Delhi Laine is back with another atmospheric mystery, but this time, it’s a family affair.
Nineteen years ago, Delhi Laine’s two-year old daughter disappeared. After a frantic but inconclusive search, authorities determined that she must have drowned, her body washed away from the picturesque English park in which she was playing.
Delhi’s heart has never healed, yet her family has since soldiered on. But when a mysterious letter arrives containing the ominous words, YOUR DAUGHTER DID NOT DROWN, their lives are once again thrown into turmoil. With her family torn between fighting for the past and protecting the future, Delhi is caught in the middle. For a mother, the choice to find her daughter seems easy. But for a family left fractured by the mistakes of the past, the consequence, and the truth, may be infinitely more costly.
Fans of Carolyn Hart will be swept away by this story of a family on the brink - and their hunt for the truth.
Read an excerpt:
JUDI CULBERTSON draws on her experience as a used-and-rare book dealer, social worker, and world traveler to create her bibliophile mysteries. She has co-authored five illustrated guides with her husband, Tom Randall, of such cities as Paris, London, and New York. She is also the author of the acclaimed nonfiction titles SCALING DOWN and THE CLUTTER CURE. She lives in Port Jefferson, New York, with her family.