Faith Today

Author Janet Sketchley on her mystery trilogies and fencing


Congrats on your new novel Bitter Truth. Can you tell us a bit about it?

The Green Dory Inn mysteries are set in a fictional B&B near the town of Lunenburg, N.S. Bitter Truth is book three. It starts with the heroine wanting nothing more to do with danger. But when a friend is nearly killed in a daylight attack, she can’t sit this out. Not when she knows the anger of being a victim. Her faith tells her to leave room for God’s vengeance. Her heart says to retaliate.

You published an earlier trilogy called

Redemption’s Edge, right? How have readers responded to those novels?

That series is suspense with an organic faith thread and, you guessed it, redemption. Some readers find the first book too dark while others scoff and tell me it’s tame. Each story features different characters, and I’ve heard from a few readers that the heroines’ struggles with fear or forgivenes­s have made a difference in real lives. I treasure those comments.

Your website says you took fencing lessons. What’s the story there?

Who doesn’t secretly wish to dance in that fluid choreograp­hy of foil and feet? I drove my then-teenaged son to his first lesson and timidly accepted the invitation to join in. For the record, I was a terrible fencer. But it was six weeks of fun and I’d love to try again.

Janet Sketchley is a Nova Scotia writer who likes her fiction with splashes of mystery and Christiani­ty (www.JanetSketc­ She has also published the daily devotional­s A Year of Tenacity and Tenacity at Christmas as well as Reads to Remember: A Book Lover’s Journal to Track Your Next 100 Reads.

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