Read this series in order. Love the stories and the characters. Makes it more interesting that it is local.
Delany's best Molly Smith novel thus far showing her progress as a policewoman and part time wanna be detective working with the competent and likable John Winters.
The various sub plots are also a large part of this novel including Molly's feelings for Adam and ex-hippie Lucky Smith's feelings for Police Chief Paul Keller. The reader will discover how these relationships end? Overall this is a good well told story and a satisfying read with a good pace. Most enjoyed and appreciated if the series is read in order.
Canadian author but used an American publisher. Mystery story is set in a small town in the Kootenays during ski season. The author's main character is a young female constable working in her home town and still living with her mother, but is hoping to wed a fellow worker soon. Although her name is Molly Smith, her mother, a hippie when she was born, still calls her Moonlight. The novel certainly has a promising start with the murder of a local teacher out walking her dog. The author selects characters who have problems of some sort so she can use them as a diversionary tactic when the story needs to show the passing of time and to help her police characters follow clues. These characters are cliched, however - hubby with a mistress, ex-Afghanistan soldier with PTSD, a looney older mother who sees the son she gave up at birth in the town's male visitor, rebellious teenager in trouble with the police, cancer stricken murder suspect, an older hippie-environmentalist who falls for a police officer, land developers, strangers who are not who they say they are, popular young male teacher also good at athletics and a role model, etc. The author sprinkles her book with characters of all ages and uses a good balance of dialogue to description. While there seems to be a lot of conflict - actually, between all characters - the novel still has a good feel to it; all problems are resolved in the last chapter. A quick, predictable read reminiscent of those "made for TV mystery movies".
Local CCW author - one of 4 Ian recommended I read and review on Capital Literary Review. Murder in small town. Didn't grab me enough to finish it, but will look for first in series.
First Delany novel I've read and I really enjoyed the Molly Smith character. It also makes it more interesting with it being set in BC.
I now wish I'd read this series in the order they were published but I'm sure it won't spoil the read if I go back to the first one and start reading them in sequence.
love this series! the characters all seem real, lie people i know and love.
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