Valley of the Lost

By Vicki Delany
A Poisoned Pen Press mystery
Read by Carrington MacDuffie

The Constable Molly Smith Series: Book 2

9.52 Hours 02/05/2009 unabridged
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In the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. While this should be an open-and-shut drug case, restraint marks on the victim suggest that the death might not have been completely accidental. As the investigation into the young woman’s death—and life—grows, the case becomes increasingly personal for Probationary Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters. Only two things are known about the dead woman, that her first name is Ashley and that she has a three-month-old baby boy. Who was she? Was this just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinister at play? Smith’s mother, Lucky, has taken in the orphaned baby. Does he hold the key to solving his mother’s murder? Meanwhile, Winters’ wife, Eliza, is considering accepting a modeling contract with the same resort development that seems to be ripping apart their close-knit community. Has the disagreement pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?

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Summary

Summary

In the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. While this should be an open-and-shut drug case, restraint marks on the victim suggest that the death might not have been completely accidental. As the investigation into the young woman’s death—and life—grows, the case becomes increasingly personal for Probationary Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters. Only two things are known about the dead woman, that her first name is Ashley and that she has a three-month-old baby boy. Who was she? Was this just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinister at play? Smith’s mother, Lucky, has taken in the orphaned baby. Does he hold the key to solving his mother’s murder?

Meanwhile, Winters’ wife, Eliza, is considering accepting a modeling contract with the same resort development that seems to be ripping apart their close-knit community. Has the disagreement pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Engaging…Delaney explores the social dynamics of a small mountain community as well as deftly handling the plot’s twists and turns as it builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” Publishers Weekly
“Young Constable Molly Smith…is delicately portrayed by narrator Carrington MacDuffie… MacDuffie…portrays Molly’s newly growing confidence in her career, as well as her arm’s-length relationship with her former-hippie parents, who are humorously caught between their loyalty to their daughter and their instinct to fight the Establishment.” AudioFile
“Molly, a dedicated cop determined to succeed in what is primarily a man’s profession, makes an engaging lead character.” Booklist
“Intertwined subplots, complex characters, and an easy prose style make this a great follow-up to Delany’s debut.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Anna 9/13/2017
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An Irritating Narration

Being a Canadian and having spent a considerable amount of time in the Kootenays (where the novel is set), I have to say that the narrator's American accent and mis-pronounciation of a number of key words was so jarring that I nearly gave up. A good story but a huge disappointment in it's lack of a regional voice.
by Downpour.com 9/13/2017

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Author

Author Bio: Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised mostly in Ontario. She attended Carleton University, majoring in modern history. She later left a job as a systems analyst to settle in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the author of the Klondike mysteries, the Constable Molly Smith mysteries, several stand-alone novels, and a blog about the writing life. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Capital Crime Writers and is on the board of Wolfe Island’s Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English