From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Delany's engaging second mystery to feature Constable Molly Smith (after 2007's In the Shadow of the Glacier
), Molly's mother is leaving work one evening at the Trafalgar Women's Support Center in British Columbia when a baby's cry draws her to the nearby woods, where she finds a baby boy, wrapped in a blanket—and the body of a young woman. The victim, presumably the boy's mother, appears to have died from a heroin overdose, but restraint marks on her wrists point to foul play. Molly and her mentor, Sgt. John Winters, comb Trafalgar in an effort to identify the woman. After discovering that her first name was Ashley, the police officers learn that the developer of a controversial new resort being built outside of town had a heated argument with Ashley shortly before she died. 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. (Feb.)
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Lucky Smith finds a young woman, dead of a heroin overdose, and her infant son, Miller, when she is leaving the Women’s Support Center for the day. When it turns out the woman shows signs of having been restrained, Trafalgar, British Columbia, Sergeant John Winters investigates her murder with the help of Probationary Constable Molly Smith, Lucky’s daughter. Meanwhile, Molly is still recovering from the death of her fiancé, and Lucky volunteers to take Miller in until his relatives can be found. This second Molly Smith mystery, following In the Shadow of the Glacier (2007), again contrasts the beautiful British Columbia wilderness, vividly described by Delany, with the sober realities of contemporary crime, in this case, murder and drug use. Molly, a dedicated cop determined to succeed in what is primarily a man’s profession, makes an engaging lead character. --Sue O'Brien