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A murder turns personal for Sergeant John Winters, Constable Molly Smith’s boss on the Trafalgar, British Columbia, police force. It turns out that the victim, a has-been fashion photographer, has a decades-old connection to Winters’ wife, Eliza, a former model. Winters, his trust in his wife shaken, is taken off the case as Eliza becomes a suspect, ahead of both the victim’s young and scarcely grief-striken widow and his ambitious assistant. Working with Winters on a series of home burglaries, Smith suffers the tensions of being a woman in a man’s world; meanwhile, she deals with her father’s health problems, her love for Mounty Adam Tocek, and the presence of a stalker, parolee Charlie Bassing, who blames Smith for all his problems. An unusual protagonist for a crime series, Molly Smith is rarely the primary character when it comes to breaking cases (at least not through four outings), but her life outside work is given full sway. And yet, it is Molly who elevates this series from standard procedural fare into something quite memorable. --Michele Leber

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“Delaney glides between scenes with ease. She uses a bare-bones style, without literary flash, to achieve artistry as sturdy and restrained as a Shaker chair. Warmth and menace, past and present, are nicely balanced, with a denouement that's equally plausible and startling. This confident performance is sure to win new fans to the series.” Publishers Weekly on Winter of Secrets
 
“Delaney explores the social dynamics of a small mountain community as well as deftly handling the plot's twists and turns as it builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly on Valley of the Lost
 
“An exciting series debut from Delaney (Burden of Memory, 2006, etc.), featuring complex characters with plenty of room to grow.” –Kirkus Reviews on In the Shadow of the Glacier

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  • Series: Constable Molly Smith Novels
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058788X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590587881
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was - and at that, only now and again - the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.

The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario. At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.

Vicki majored in modern history at Carleton University, her interest more in the lives of ordinary women and men and the circumstances of their times than 'big men' and their wars. It was on a canoeing trip in Algonquin Park that Vicki, realizing that she was doing for fun what people in the past would have considered a hardship, told her trip mates stories about the incredible difficulties people endured in their attempts to get to the Klondike in search of gold, and the idea for a series of Klondike Gold Rush mysteries was set.

She writes in several different subgenres: Standalone novels of suspense (Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory, MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press), traditionl village/police procedural (The Constable Molly Smith Series from PPP - latest, AMONG THE DEPARTED) and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series (Gold Digger, Gold Fever, GOLD MOUNTAIN from Rendezvous Crime).

Vicki is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and Capital Crime Writers, and is on the board of Wolfe Island's Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.J. McIntosh on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a good mystery novel to curl up with - you've just found it. After world famous photographer Rudolph Steiner arrives in the picturesque town of Trafalgar for a photo shoot and is found dead in his hotel room the action takes off.I found the characters in this novel really stood out - Steiner's vindictive wife, his assistant, anxious to make a name for herself, Sergeant John Winters, desperate to protect his own wife and Elizabeth Winters, trying to hide secrets from long ago. Constable Molly Smith throws herself into the investigation but must fight the distractions of a family emergency, police rivalry and doubts about her own boyfriend. Things fall nicely into place in the end but the book keeps you guessing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Along with the initial arrival of spring in Trafalgar, British Columbia comes renowned photographer Rudolph Steiner. He plans to do a shoot on mountain tourism, but has a hidden agenda. However, whatever his real reason for coming to this mountain resort town, someone shoots him in the back of his head in his room at the historic Hudson House Hotel.

Maid Rachel Kowalski finds the corpse. As soon as the body is identified, Trafalgar City police sergeant John Winters recuses himself from the inquiry as his wife former model Eliza and the victim Steiner knew each other intimately at one time. Under the antagonistic leadership of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detective Madison, Constable Molly Smith investigates the homicide, but soon finds a horde of visitors with motives including family, employees, and rivals. There is even one local suspect Eliza. At the same time Molly's dad goes to the hospital for surgery due to an accident, someone stalks her, and Smith considers a job in Toronto.

The latest Trafalgar Canadian police procedural (see In the Shadow of the Glacier, Valley of the Lost and Winter of Secrets) is a great whodunit as Molly works the case with her caring teacher replaced by an odious curmudgeon while facing two personal crises. The story line is fast-paced from start to finish, but the tale is owned by the town and Molly as Vicki Delaney provides a wonderful regional murder mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves to laugh on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
When you are sitting next to a loved one in hospital for weeks and weeks, it takes something really compelling to distract you. Molly and Winters were with me through many hours at my mother's bedside. Delany made them real for me; I'd swear the town of Trafalgar exists. The many-layered plot unfolds at just the right pace...a delight for true mystery lovers. This is one of Delany's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anna Evans on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Delany richly deserves the starred PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review heralding this latest installment in her Constable Molly Smith mysteries. Molly is young and inexperienced, but she has first-hand experience in the devastation that murder brings to those left behind. This makes her a very appealing protagonist as she seeks to right wrongs and seek justice. The Canadian landscape is the perfect backdrop for this well-written and gripping series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
The British Columbia setting and the interesting co-protaganists, Sgt Winters and Constable Molly Smith, make for an exciting, complex mystery. The powerful, emotional subplots never distract from the core mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Harris on February 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Fans of Louise Penny's Three Pines series will relish the Constable Molly Smith series - also set in a small town but with all the action, suspense and complexity of a big city police procedural. Highly recommended.
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NEGATIVE IMAGE by Vicki Delaney

Molly Smith is a police officer, the kind who has to wear a uniform, walk around town and check out the streets and alleyways. She's the one who gets to ask a lot of questions so that the real detectives can track down the criminals. She loves her job in the small town of Trafalgar, in southern BC.

When the murder that happens at the local swank hotel is of an important person, so important that local detective John Windsor is taken off the job and the federal mounties are brought in, Smith continues to work with Windsor on a series of burglaries. Things get complicated: Madison, the top Mountie on the scene, decides Windsor's wife Eliza is the murderer. An ex-convict decides to play out a little vendetta on Smith. Smith's father is ill. She's conflicted about her current boyfriend. What else can go wrong?

Vicki Delaney creates a solid mystery with a believable and appealing protagonist. She has a talent for keeping the reader guessing almost to the end. This book is number four in a series that has reached seven. I read it because I am interested in Canadian mystery authors and how they use the Canadian setting in their writing.

I recommend Negative Image, or better still, go back to the first book, In the Shadow of the Glacier, and read the whole series. I plan to.
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By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
With each entry in the Constable Molly Smith-Trafalgar City Police Sergeant John Winters series, the plots become more sophisticated, the character development deeper, and the relationships more complicated. In this, the fourth novel in the mystery series, all these elements are present to a high degree.

To begin with, a has-been photographer, for whom Eliza Winters, John's wife, once modeled and to whom she was engaged to be married, visits Trafalgar, BC, inviting her to his hotel room. She had visited him shortly before he was shot in the head, making her a prime suspect (and raising questions about their marriage in John's mind). Molly, a third class constable, gets to assist on a puzzling number of break-ins in the town while facing her own personal problems, including whether or not to apply for a job in Toronto or consider a deeper relationship with her Mountie boyfriend, as well as the death of her father.

The conflicts have to be faced, exacerbated by obstacles such as sexist attitudes on the police force, rivalry between the national and local detectives, including Winters, among others. Well-written and smoothly told, the book was a joy to read, and is recommended.
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