Renny deGroot


Renny deGroot is a first generation Canadian of Dutch parents. She is a published poet, song lyricist and novelist. Her debut novel, Family Business, was shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category, for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. She has two other Historical Fiction and a non-fiction military history called 32 Signal Regiment - A History. Her series Cape Breton Mysteries includes two books: Garden Girl and Sea Child.

She has a BA in English Literature from Trent University. Her strong Dutch roots continue to influence her while the love of her Canadian homeland with its beauty and freedom, flavors all that she does.

Renny lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her young Golden Retriever and an elderly Great Pyrenees

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I love the classics; Dickens, Eliot, the Brontes - they are like comfort food for me. At the same time I'm inspired by the modern novelists that look at some of the same situations I'm interested in - so Michael Crummey, Wayne Johnston and others from the east coast of Canada really wow me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I started out on the east coast of Canada, in Nova Scotia, but our family moved to Ontario when I was quite young, so did most of my growing up in Toronto. I believe that my greatest influence came, not so much from the geography, but from the heritage. My family is Dutch and I was raised in the way they grew up, with some modifications specific to the times. At the same time, I do think that the multi-cultural aspect of Toronto has served to show me varying perspectives and given me a love for being with all kinds of people - especially when it is time to eat.
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Cape Breton Mysteries
Even peaceful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada has its dark side. Aging detective Gordie MacLean and his partner Roxanne Albright must dig beneath the surface of quiet maritime communities to bring killers to justice.
Garden Girl
Price: $3.19 USD.
Sea Child
Price: $3.19 USD.


Heritage House: A Cape Breton Mystery
Series: Cape Breton Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.20 USD. Words: 81,300. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Book 3 of the Cape Breton mystery series. Det. MacLean investigates the murder of a neighbour, disputing the assumptions of his partner and boss.
Sea Child
Series: Cape Breton Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.19 USD. Words: 89,130. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A murdered lobster fisherman in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada draws Detectives Gordie MacLean and Roxanne Albright into a dark world lurking below the surface of a sleepy Maritime community.
Garden Girl
Series: Cape Breton Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.19 USD. Words: 86,300. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An aging detective races to find a killer before they strike again in rural Nova Scotia, Canada