You have all heard the story: big-city girl moves to small town and lives happily ever after. That’s not the forever-after Angel Delaight found when she moved to Whistle Stop,
Minnesota. First, her realtor is found dead in her new house, which is also rumored to be
haunted. Then homeless animals began showing up at her door, along with a bevy of
townspeople who seem to know what she is doing at all times. Not to mention a secret
journal turning up during a renovation, revealing more secrets hidden in this small community.
Will those secrets from the past put Angel’s life and those of her friends and family in
danger? When the big-city girl meets a small town, it can be murder.
2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?
It wasn’t a decision I made when I moved from Chicago to small-town Whistle Stop,
MN. It was made for me when a dead body ended up in the house I bought to
3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
No, absolutely not. I moved from Chicago to a small town for peace and tranquility and
to figure out the rest of my life.
4. Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of
amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?
I am a carpenter by trade. I know it is an unusual career for a young woman, but I
followed in my dad’s footsteps. I decided to take a break from the work world when my
dad sold his construction company, and though I could have worked for the new owners
or taken over the helm, I felt the need for something different. Who knew I would be
solving mysteries involving the history of a small town in Minnesota. I was least pleased
by dead bodies. That wasn’t in my old job description.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
I am a strong woman. I am good at problem-solving and I found I have creativity in my
head. I have a soft heart and my patience at times runs a little thin, especially when my
privacy seems to be invaded.
6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to
I used to think being a self-rescue princess meant being able to solve anything on your
own, not dwelling on the problem but taking action to solve it. I turned down proposals because my fiances wanted me to change who I am, meaning my career. I believe a strong woman is confident in who they are. You have to learn to be alone with you and like spending time with the authentic you. Moving to Whistle Stop I learned that letting others help you is also a sign of strength and not a weakness because by accepting their offer you also help them because they feel valued.
7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
Take the time to figure out who you are. Don’t make decisions out of fear because you
doubt your value.
8. What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?
Eating chocolate and drinking wine helps.
9. If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?
It’s A Wonderful World.
10. Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up
your detective hat?
I am not quitting. I still have some mysteries to solve and I have learned small towns hold secrets and they come out when you least expect them. The Whistle Stop sage will continue.