Congratulations on the publication of THE MERRY WIDOW MURDERS by Melodie Campbell publishing today with Cormorant Books!

It’s the latter half of the Roaring Twenties and Lady Lucy Revelstoke, the unconventional widow of a young British lord, is once more crossing the Atlantic on a state-of-the-art ocean liner. Rubbing elbows with the era’s elite, Lucy has come a long way from her roots as the daughter of a Canadian mobster. But when a dead man turns up in her stateroom on the first night of the voyage, Lucy wonders if her past has come back to haunt her. Who is this dead man? Is someone from her past trying to send her a message? Lucy doesn’t wait to find out. With her chivalrous friend Lord Tony, and Elf, her pickpocket-turned-maid, she endeavors to throw the body overboard. It does not go as planned. When the body is discovered by authorities on the ship, Lucy must do everything in her power to find the murderer before they look too deeply into her past.


“‘Delightful’ is one of the first words that come to mind. The 1920s shipboard setting is beautifully observed; the plot will keep you guessing, and the heroine is … well … delightful.  Not to be missed.” — Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries and the Paradise Café series

“Miss Fisher meets Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry. Lucy Revelstoke is a delightful addition to Melodie Campbell’s cast of plucky heroines. When an inconvenient body shows up in her stateroom, Lady Revelstoke and her tough-as-nails maid, Elf, know how to make it disappear — and find the killer. The perfect escapist read!” — Anne R. Allen, author of the Camilla Randall Mysteries

“The Merry Widow Murders is a truly delightful read with buddy sleuth antics, a beautiful setting, the Roaring ’20s, and headstrong women.” — Liz Konkel, Readers’ Favorite

“It’s a delightful premise anchored (no pun intended) in a winsome and winning leading lady, with the vibrant 1920s backdrop serving as an absolute confectionary for readers through Campbell’s witty, balanced prose. Campbell has honed her voice in an astonishing sixteen novels, and her comedic timing and memorable cast of characters make The Merry Widow Murders a spectacular addition to her library.” — Open Book

“Laugh out loud funny — Melodie Campbell has the distinct knack of creating characters that will live with you forever.” — Jonathan Whitelaw, author of The Bingo Hall Detectives series

The Toronto Sun called Melodie Campbell Canada’s “Queen of Comedy.” Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine pegged her “The Canadian Literary Heir to Donald Westlake.” Melodie Campbell got her start writing standup. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. 

Melodie has won the Derringer Award (US), the Arthur Ellis Award (Canada), The Hamilton Reads Award and seven more. She has over 200 publications, including 40 short stories and sixteen novels. Melodie has shared a literary shortlist with Margaret Atwood, and was an Top 50 bestselling author, sandwiched between Tom Clancy and Nora Roberts.

Melodie is represented by Brenna English-Loeb.