Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters know little more than the dead woman's name. Who was she? Was this just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinister at play? Does her orphaned baby boy hold the key to solving his mother's murder?
Meanwhile, a controversial resort development is ripping apart their close-knit community. Has the disagreement pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?
©2009 Vicki Delany; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Engaging....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)
In the small town of Trafalgar in the hinterland of British Columbia, Canada, ageing hippie Lucky Smith finds the body of a young woman in the woods near the women's support centre where she works. Lying by the body is a crying baby boy. The police, including Lucky's daughter Molly who is a probationary constable, soon realise that the dead woman has hidden her past well and they struggle to piece together what might have happened to the young mother. Some are quick to write the death off to the relapse of a heroin junkie but Sergeant John Winters wonders if there's more to it.
Although the mystery itself unfurls relatively slowly it doesn't matter as there's lots going on and I was quickly drawn into the world the author had created here. She does a great job of introducing the various characters and making the reader care about them by showing snippets of their day-to-day lives. Alongside the Smith family and the engaging lead investigator there are a host of other people who play roles that may not have anything to do with the mystery but are still people you want to know more about.
The resolution is ultimately quite complex but credible within the context of the story and very easy to follow. Also, Delany has succeeded in incorporating her political/social commentary into the story via character traits or story threads rather than lecturing to readers as so many books do these days.
The narration is excellent with MacDuffie managing to make it clear which of the many characters is speaking with only minor differences in her tone or inflection.
This was a thoroughly entertaining book with a whole host of great characters and a multi-faceted plot and I'll be looking for more books by Vicky Delany.
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