Children in the Morning

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Publisher: ECW Press
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ISBN: 9781550229271
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Beau Delaney is a bit of a showboat, a prominent lawyer whose exploits have become the subject of a Hollywood film. He’s also the father of ten children, some of them foster children. Now he’s charged with the murder of his wife, Peggy. It’s another hard case for lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins. His client is keeping secrets; a mysterious eleventh child turns up and demands to take part in the trial; and the last words anyone heard from Peggy were “the Hells Angels!”


Monty isn’t alone in trying to save Delaney from life in prison, and save his sprawling family from breaking up. Monty’s pal, Father Brennan Burke, has a hand in the investigation, too. But Burke is also lending a hand to Monty’s estranged wife, Maura. And the priest finds himself burdened with unwelcome secrets of his own when Maura’s old flame arrives on the scene and threatens to turn her world upside down.


Watching all this through the eyes of a child is Monty and Maura’s little girl, Normie. Like her spooky great-grandmother in Cape Breton, Normie has the gift of second sight. When she starts having visions that seem to involve Beau Delaney, nobody knows whether they reflect something he’s done in the past, or something he might do in the future. We hear the story from two points of view, experience and innocence, Monty and Normie, and ask ourselves which of them will be first to uncover the truth about Beau Delaney.


Winner of a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, an international competition, and winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction.


Not since Robert K. Tanenbaum's Lucy Karp ... have we seen a more poignant rendering of a female child with unusual powers.

Library Journal Starred Review

Emery paints a poignant portrait of a girl burdened with information she was never supposed to have, and of a tormented man who, at the most critical juncture, realizes that mounting a proper defence requires fumbling around in some very dark corners.

Quill & Quire

"The best of the series. It has a solid plot, good characters and a very strange child who has visions."

Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

While entertaining characters are Emery's hallmark, she has crafted an exciting courtroom drama. ... The series is also notable for its strong sense of place ... With each novel, Emery's series and her characters continue to grow.

JoAnn Alberstat, The Chronicle Herald