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Valley of the Lost
by Vicki Delany
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Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In Vicki Delany's Valley of the Lost, we return to the village of Trafalgar in British Columbia. The first in this impressive series, In the Shadow of the Glacier, introduced readers to Molly Smith, a Probationary Constable in Trafalgar, and to Sergeant John Winter, a policeman who felt the streets of Vancouver were wearing him down and that he needed a quieter life. Little did he realize that trials and tribulations occur wherever one chooses to go.

Molly's mother Lucky (that's right, that's her name - a holdover from the sixties, she is still adamant in her beliefs and will confront authorities at the drop of a bandana) finds a dead body in the woods and a tiny baby near the body. The young woman is obviously dead from an overdose but there are signs of restraints on her wrists and ankles!

Lucky keeps the baby until its family can be found, in spite of a woman from Children's Services insisting she give up the infant.

The plot is finely tuned and action moves at a fast clip with a climax that is worth the read. The characters are well fleshed out. Wouldn't mind knowing some of them. The village is a gem. Too bad it's a product of the author's very active imagination. I look forward to the third in this series (soon I hope).

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