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Among the Departed: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery    by Vicki Delany order for
Among the Departed
by Vicki Delany
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Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Today is a good day. I obtained a copy of Vicki Delany's Among the Departed featuring Moonlight Smith. Molly, as she prefers to be known, is a police constable in Trafalgar, British Columbia.

Fifteen years previously, Molly had spent the night with her teenage girlfriend Nicky Nowak for a sleepover. In the morning, pancakes were served for breakfast. Nicky's father was there as well as her mother and brother Kyle. Brian, the father, was never seen again from that day on. A search was organized but nothing came of it.

Now, fifteen years later, bones are found on the mountain and a new investigation develops. Nicky comes back to town exuding nefarious charms. Her brother and mother have become recluses and don't seem interested in finding what happened to Brian.

The mystery of the disappearance of this husband and father escalates as the investigation heats up. A smidgeon of romance graces the pages as Molly contemplates her life without her murdered fiancÚ on her arm. And can Lucky, her mother, find a new life with a new man?

Among the Departed is the fifth in Delany's traditional village mystery series featuring the people whom I have adopted as friends - Constable Smith, Sergeant Winters, Lucky Smith as well as Trafalgar, B.C., a town in the shadow of the glacier. Delany has the knack of bringing this village to life. I would like to visit and meet the residents. But I must content myself with reading about it all.

Hurry, Vicki Delany, write quickly. I need another shot of Molly and her environs.

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