In The Shadow Of The Glacier

The First book in the Constable Molly Smith Series.

glacier_sm“Delany writes with a painter’s landscape palette and a storyteller’s deft hand at spinning a good tale.” – Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator.

Trouble is brewing in the small, bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. An American who came to Trafalgar as a Vietnam War draft dodger has left land and money to the town but there’s a catch: the money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers. This bequest has torn the close-knit, peaceful town apart. Then the body of a leading opponent is found in an alley, dead from a single blow to the head.

Constable Molly Smith is assigned to assist veteran Detective Sergeant John Winters in the investigation. But Winters doesn’t want the help of the enthusiastic rookie, and suspects that he’s been assigned Smith for political reasons – her mother, a life-long activist, is the leader of the group arguing for the park.

Egged on by a muck-raking TV personality, outside agitators from both sides are soon streaming into Trafalgar, while Smith and Winters search through small-town secrets for a killer.

Winters is haunted by a recent failure of judgment, and Smith just wants to be a good cop, and a good daughter, in a town where “a substantial number of the residents had seen her performing as Number Two Wise Man in the Grade Three Christmas pageant.”

In the Shadow of the Glacier is the first in first in a traditional mystery series featuring Constable Smith, Sergeant Winters, and the town in the shadow of the glacier, Trafalgar British Columbia.

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An exciting series debut… featuring complex characters with plenty of room to grow. – Kirkus Reviews

Writing in the quiet voice of a 26-year-old woman striving to succeed in a job of which her parents disapprove, Delany (Burden of Memory) launches a new traditional series about Canadian small-town life that may appeal to fans of Louise Penny’s Quebec cozies.  – Library Journal

An unlikely police officer but a likable lead character, Molly shows her mettle in this initial offering in a promising series set in the Canadian wilderness. – Booklist

Delany has definitely found her niche in mystery storytelling. The characters are unforgettable, the action unrelenting, and the multi-level plot is twisted into a fine skein. She has the touch. My Shelf

An excellent portrait of small town life with a plot that relies on character and motive for its resolution. – Mystery Lovers Bookshop

I’ll be on the lookout for Smith’s next adventure.  – Contra Costa Times

Delany knows how to set up conflict and nourish and exploit it with a provocative insight into what drives her characters to actions that ultimately end with murder. Delany writes with a painter’s landscape palette and a storyteller’s deft hand at spinning a good tale. – Hamilton Spectator