Among the Departed

Among the Departed

A Constable Molly Smith Novel

Book - 2011
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Fifteen years ago a young girl named Moonlight Smith went to her best friend Nicky Nowak's house for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk. He was never seen again.
Autumn has arrived on the mountains above Trafalgar, B.C. and Constable Molly Moonlight" Smith is cuddled by the fireplace with Adam Tocek of the RCMP when Tocek and his dog Norman are called to a wilderness camping ground to join the search for a little boy who sneaked away from his family looking for bears. The child is found, dirty, terrified, weeping, but unharmed. Then the inquisitive Norman digs up something else: human bones.
The ID isn't positive, but it is enough to have Sergeant John Winters of the Trafalgar City Police re-open the Brian Nowak investigation. He finds a family shattered beyond recognition. Mrs. Nowak is an empty shell of a woman, dressed in pajamas, never leaving the house. Her son Kyle haunts the streets of Trafalgar at night and spends his days creating beautiful, but highly troubling, art. Nicky Nowak lives in Vancouver and has grown up to be gorgeous, charming, and elegant. Yet behind that facade lies a woman whose heart has closed so tightly against human relationships that she comes to Trafalgar trailing in her wake a terrifying threat to another innocent family... .
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590589243
Branch Call Number: MYS F DEL
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm


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rb3221 Jul 06, 2017

Enjoyment from this novel comes from the maturing of the likable heroine Molly Smith, the small town where everyone knows everyone, the simple story telling and a few sub- plots that keeps the story moving quickly.
I enjoyed the novel and certainly not my favorite author but I will continue reading the Molly Smith novels.

Jul 05, 2017

Really enjoying this series. An easy read, great stories and characters.

Cdnbookworm Jun 26, 2012

This is the first Delany mystery I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is part of a series featuring Constable Molly Smith, in the town of Trafalgar, BC. Molly is getting comfortable in her relatively recent relationship with RCMP officer Adam Tocek. She is with him when he gets a call about a missing child at a nearby campground. Molly accompanies Adam and his dog Norman to the site to search for the boy, and find him unharmed. They also find some bones they suspect to be human, and a new case emerges.
Based on timing and evidence, it would appear that the bones belong to Brian Nowak, the father of Molly's childhood friend Nicky. Nowak went missing fifteen years before and no trace was ever found.
With the find, Nicky return to Trafalgar from her life in Vancouver. She's left home at sixteen and lived a hard life since then. Nicky's brother Kyle became an angry reclusive young artist, and her mom withdrew into a shell, seldom leaving the house. As the case unfolds, so do the lives touched by Nowak, and we learn things aren't always how they seem.
Molly's mother also seems to be exploring a new relationship, and Molly isn't sure how to feel about it.
With interesting characters, and a great plot, this book is a winner and now I have another Canadian mystery author on my list.

Sep 30, 2011

Delany is a great. Her writing is no-nonsense and direct and you'll keep flipping the pages to get an explanation of the crime. You may know before the end who the killer is but the mystery surrounding the situation always remains until Delany enlightens you. Highly recommended for mystery fans and for those who love books where setting is important. Delany bases her Cst. Smith series in Nelson, BC (fictionally called Trafalgar in the books) so it's atmospheric and wonderful for those who love Nelson.

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