Among the Departed: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery (Constable Molly Smith Series Book 5)

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This opens a 15 year old case of a man who just dis-appeared leaving a wife and two children. In the course of the investigation Dawn Solway comes out of the closet, Molly's old friend Nicky turns out to be a high end prostitute, the victim was leaving to be with his male lover, and the son was the murderer. May 21, Elly Wendy rated it liked it. Plus I am getting a little more hooked into the characters. That did continue to distract me. May 09, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: listened , I am continuing to enjoy this series, but liked this book a little less than the previous 4 in the series.

It revolved around a missing man from 15 years before whose remains are found. It is interesting to view the progression of the characters lives. I look forward to the next in the series. Jun 23, Vontel rated it really liked it. I'm sure I read this book before, likely pre-GR. Was available to download as an ebook before I left, but seems familiar, so likely read a few years ago. Have read others in the series, which takes place in the Kootenays.

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Dec 26, Allen rated it really liked it. An enjoyable mystery series with believable characters and settings. Jul 16, Carol C rated it liked it. This did seem up to the level of the previous novels. Dec 30, Tracy rated it liked it. I love the setting in British Colombia. Delaney gets better as the series goes on. Apr 24, Patricia rated it it was amazing.

When the two get into an argument at the campground outside of Trafalgar, British Columbia, where the family is camping, Jamie is ordered by his mother to go into timeout. He stuffs his blanket in his sleeping bag and sneaks out of the tent to have his own private adventure. The adventure becomes scary for Jamie and his parents are terrified when they discover Jamie is missing. The police are called and Adam Tocek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is summoned to report to the campground with his dog Norman to lead the search.

Constable Molly Smith has been spending a romantic evening with Adam but when the evening is interrupted, she decides to accompany Adam and Norman on the hunt. Jamie is found tired, dirty and scared, but Norman also uncovers some human bones. Brian Nowak disappeared years ago. Molly happened to have been visiting Nicky on the day Nowak disappeared. The Nowak family is nothing like it was at the time Molly and Nicky were friends. Nowak is a recluse. Kyle Nowak is the son and still lives at home but has a studio in the basement.

He is an artist but his art is very disturbing. Kyla walks the streets of Trafalgar at night and has no friends. She has a career that brings her an excellent income but not a career that she wants to discuss with her friend Molly or her family. Many family secrets are brought to light during the investigation and the outcome is surprising and horrifying. Jun 08, Mona rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance , contemporary , thriller. Once again, Vicki Delaney has given us a mystery worth the wait. The fifth book in the Constable Molly Smith series, Among the Departed picks up seventeen months after the events in Negative Image that I reviewed last fall.

The discovery of human bones sets off an emotional chain reaction that affects the whole community. The bones are identified as Brian Nowak, a man who disappeared fifteen years ago. The angry son, Kyle, the withdrawn widow, Marjorie, and the devastated daughter, Nicky, begi Once again, Vicki Delaney has given us a mystery worth the wait. The angry son, Kyle, the withdrawn widow, Marjorie, and the devastated daughter, Nicky, begin to cause all sorts of new problems for those around them. To support herself, she turns to prostitution and blackmail.

Or for that matter, anyone else with money. During the investigation relationships are tested, renewed, or simply discovered. One relationship in particular was so surprising and controversial I was caught completely off guard when it was revealed. I really need more hours in my day so I can start at the beginning of the series and move forward with the characters. Jan 22, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: constable-molly-smith.

This one had an interesting twist about a 15 year old mystery of the "disappearing man". Waiting on the next book to come in! Mar 08, Nancy rated it liked it. Having never read a Vicki Delany I took a leap of faith and plunged into book five of the Molly Smith series. I do not know what I have missed in the previous books, but this one left me with a rather flat feel. After the first two chapters, the book leveled out on a monotonous journey to a rather predictable ending and the lead characters resembled more of a flat Stanley than the multi-dimensional feel that persons of their positions and responsibilities should.

What began as a search for a litt Having never read a Vicki Delany I took a leap of faith and plunged into book five of the Molly Smith series. What began as a search for a little boy who wandered away from his families camp in British Columbia, turned into a case of who-done-it when the body of missing Brian Novack shows up after having been missing from his home for fifteen years. You would think that the family would rejoice in the finding, but only one of them is, which tells the reader right off that maybe the family has not been quite as forthcoming with information in the past that they should have.

However, that really does not matter, they are a mess and now it is up to Sergeant John Winters of the Trafalgar City Police to sort out what really happened and which person in this town is to blame for the death. There are multiple sub- story lines going on here and at times, I wondered if Ms Delany was just throwing anything she could at the wall to see what would stick.

Will I continue with the series, no, did I miss anything by not reading the first four books? I cannot see that I would have. Dec 31, Kathleen Hagen added it Shelves: audio-books.


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Adam and Molly and Norman search for, and find the little boy, terrified but unharmed. Then Norman digs up bones which turn out to be human. In fact, Brian Nowak is identified. He disappeared 15 years previously and no one knew if he was alive or dead. She is beautiful but entirely hard and possibly a call girl.

These books are wonderful with likable characters. Nov 20, Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , canadian. This is the first Delany mystery I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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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 ne This is the first Delany mystery I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 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.

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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. May 14, Cheryl A rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. This is the fifth title in the Molly Smith mystery series and one of the best. Despite the cozy British Columbia setting, the author brings the full range of evils to the laid-back town of Trafalgar, with flawed, but likeable characters.

Constable Molly Smith is with her boyfriend, Mountie Adam Tocek when Adam receives a call for the searching talents of Norman the dog in locating a missing boy in the wilderness campgroung. Norman not only finds the boy, but human bones that turn out to be Brian This is the fifth title in the Molly Smith mystery series and one of the best.

Norman not only finds the boy, but human bones that turn out to be Brian Novak, missing for 15 years. Sgt John Winters reopens the cold case and finds the remains of the Novak family still suffering from the fallout of the disappearance of the husband and father. When the investigation stalls, Winters turns to Molly's memories of her time with the family as a teenager to gain perspective on the case.

This series doesn't receive the recognition it deserves - the characters are well written with depth that slowly developes. The interactions between the hippies and the law and Molly caught in both worlds are both enjoyable and thought provoking. May 04, Olivermagnus rated it really liked it Shelves: canada , mystery , When bones belonging to Brian Nowak are discovered fifteen years after his disappearance a new investigation is opened.

His daughter was Molly's best friend and Molly was one of the last people to see him alive before he disappeared. Molly and her boss, Sergeant John Winters begin to question former witnesses to see if they remember anything. Years later his family thought he left him for another woman This is the fifth book in the Constable Molly Smith series set in Trafalgar, British Columbia.

Years later his family thought he left him for another woman. There are numerous characters that provide lots of local charm, particularly Molly's mother, Lucky, a former hippie. I really like this series, more on the cozy side than gritty. It's set in a atmospheric place and the characters are first rate. This is an enjoyable series that doesn't need to be read in order.

Jul 22, Terri rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery. Has a decent plot, and I liked the characters. I could understand the reasoning if Smith was used for the work scenes and Molly, or Moonlight used for personal. But when Molly is speaking to her friends and especially her mother or father and Smith is used And I have to say I did get a laugh out of one scene was supposed to be serious. Molly and her frien Has a decent plot, and I liked the characters.

Molly and her friend are looking for a lost boy and the following conversation takes place-- "What's Jamie wearing? A sweater," Emily said And, when they find the boy Apr 27, Rebecca added it. Police in the small Canadian town of Trafalgar find old bones in the woods, and open an old investigation. For me, this book represents the danger of choosing an audiobook based on a two-line summary in the online catalog. I was expecting small-town Canada and an interesting cold case. I was not expecting descriptive prostitution, drugs, child pornography, violence, etc.

I'm not denying that it was realistic, but those are not topics I read about for pleasure. I only finished it because I wanted Police in the small Canadian town of Trafalgar find old bones in the woods, and open an old investigation. I only finished it because I wanted to find out whodunnit. It was a fairly unpleasant experience, even if the characters and the setting were well-drawn. Mar 17, Susan rated it liked it. In a beautifully-written prelude, a little boy sneaks away from the campground where his family has promised him they will spot bears.

Constable Molly Smith accompanies Adam Tocek and his dog Norman of the RCMP in the search and, along with the boy, they find human bones that have washed down the mountainside. However, as in previous books, Detective Sergeant John Winters finds her knowledge of Trafa In a beautifully-written prelude, a little boy sneaks away from the campground where his family has promised him they will spot bears. A well-constructed mystery with a very likeable heroine. A compelling mystery by a great story-teller. More than just a mystery-writer, Delany has a keen insight into the often strained family ties that are the backdrop for her tales.

Realistic characters, straight-forward story-telling and an old-style mystery are the hall-mark of Delany's work You won't be disappointed -- this one should be on any mystery-lover's summer reading list! Donna Carric A compelling mystery by a great story-teller. Donna Carrick author of The First Excellence Mar 15, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Fifteen years ago, Moonlight Smith now Constable Molly was among the last people to see her friend Nicky Nowak's dad before he disappeared.

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Now his bones have been discovered off a hiking path, not far from town. Was it an accident? Or murder? Sergeant John Winters reopens the case, but the surviving family members are not being very helpful. This is another good entry in the Molly Smith detec Fifteen years ago, Moonlight Smith now Constable Molly was among the last people to see her friend Nicky Nowak's dad before he disappeared.

This is another good entry in the Molly Smith detective series. Jul 17, Eric Wright rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , local-library , mystery. During the search for a missing boy, bones are discovered near a BC campground. This leads to the reopening of a 15 year old missing persons case, a father who left behind a very dysfunctional wife, daughter and son.

Vicki Delany's Among the Departed Reviewed By Fran Lewis of Bookpleasures.com

I found it confusing with very little hint about the mystery until the last couple of pages. There is muc During the search for a missing boy, bones are discovered near a BC campground. There is much material about secondary characters and the comings and goings in a small BC town. Jul 08, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-canada. Why would a happily married man suddenly disappear? Constable Smith's life is further complicated by her boyfriend Adam's desire for a more serious relationship with her and the fact that her boss, Chief Constable Brian Keller and her mother Lucky are being seen together all over Trafalgar.

A nice solid story well told and well narrated. Would you consider the audio edition of Among the Departed to be better than the print version? What other book might you compare Among the Departed to and why? I was not overly impressed with her narration of this story, I've heard better but it wasn't all monotone, and I've heard worse.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Any additional comments? So far I have really enjoyed each book I have listened to in this series. I love Molly and how she is growing and developing in each book. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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De : Vicki Delany. Lu par : Carrington MacDuffie. Description Fifteen years ago, a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to the house of her best friend, Nicky Nowak, for a sleepover. A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery. Investigate another case with Constable Molly Smith. Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent. Commentaires des auditeurs. Commentaires Audible. Commentaires Amazon. Il n'y a pas encore de critique disponible pour ce titre. Trier par :.

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