Friday, January 07, 2011

Negative Image by Vicki Delany

If characters are important to you in your mysteries,  I urge you to pick up Vicki Delany's Constable Molly Smith mysteries, set in Trafalgar, a mountain town in British Columbia.   There are four in the series now, with a fifth due out in May.  Although I'm going to review the fourth, Negative Image, I encourage you to start with the first one, In the Shadow of the Glacier.  For those of us who appreciate ongoing series with characters who change, it's important to start at the beginning of this series.  Get to know the characters.  So much changes in book four, Negative Image.

Sergeant John Winters is called to a murder scene at the Hudson House Hotel, the best hotel in town, just as he was about to leave for a short trip with his wife, Eliza.  A hotel maid, hoping to leave her modeling photos, had stumbled across the body of a well-known photographer.   Fortunately, it was a Mountie, and a friend of John's, who found a thirty-year-old picture of Eliza at the scene, a crude picture that could implicate her.  But Winters was now walking around with evidence in his pocket, afraid to reveal it, and afraid to confront his wife.

Constable Molly Smith has problems of her own to deal with.  She's responsible for patrolling streets in Trafalgar, but it's difficult to do her job when she feels threatened by the man who once beat her best friend.  And, it's just as difficult when her boyfriend, Adam, a Mountie, feels he should protect her, and defend her reputation when other cops make crude comments.  She needs her job to take her mind off her father's recent accident at his outdoor adventure store, and his hospital stay that upsets her mother so much.  When Winters, thrown out of the murder investigation, works on local burglaries, Molly is eager to help. 

Vicky Delany's characters have a depth, and a history.   Negative Image forces both of her main characters to examine their own lives and feelings, as they face their greatest personal problems yet.  She skillfully entwines their personal lives with the ongoing investigations in Trafalgar.  It's a small town, and Delany shows how crime and small incidents can affect so many people.  Delany risks her characters' emotions as well as anyone does.  That gives them life, and depth, and calls the reader back for more.

Vicki Delany's website is http://www.vickidelany.com/


Although I bought, and read a Kindle edition of this book, it's available in hardcover and paperback.  Negative Image by Vicki Delany.  Poisoned Pen Press, ©2010. ISBN 9781590587881 (hardcover), 250p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my Kindle edition of this book.






14 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

On your recommendation I started reading this series last year...and really enjoyed it! Interesting setting, great characters. I'll look forward to reading this latest installment.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! Vicki does a terrific job with the characters, and she gives them a tough row to hoe in this one. It's not easy for Molly or Winters. Terrific book!

Vicki Delany said...

Kiss. Kiss.

caite said...

I love great characters and this series sounds like a winner. BC...a female lead character..snowy mountains..
yep, have to check this one out.

Janet C said...

I love this series and this book - even if Vicki Delaney broke my heart in this one.

Lesa said...

Loved this book, Vicki. I like the Klondike series, but this one is my favorite. I love these characters, and the setting.

Lesa said...

Caite,

I hope you do check this series out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Elizabeth said she picked the books up last year on my recommendation. I didn't steer her wrong.

Lesa said...

I know what you mean, Janet. But, I think she had to do this for the continued growth of her characters. Vicki's series has characters that change, and I like that.

Bev Stephans said...

I think that I'm about to increase the TBR pile. I'll go with your recommendation and start with the first book in the series.

Lesa said...

Please do, Bev. I think it's a good idea to get to know these characters.

Joe Barone said...

It's a long list, but I've put In the Shadow of the Glacier on my TBR list. Thanks. I too will buy it on the Nook.

Kay said...

Oh, wow, I loved this book. I read it a while back on my Kindle and was struck by such a tide of emotions. All the characters we've come to love are battered by life in this book, aren't they? I can't wait until May to see what Vicki has in store. This series is one of my top favorites. Thanks for highlighting it, Lesa!

Lesa said...

I understand the size of a TBR pile, Joe. (sigh) I have whole collections by some authors on that imaginary TBR list. I hope you like it when you get around to it.

Lesa said...

That's a beautiful description of it, "battered by life." They certainly are. Like you, I'll be interested to see what happens next.