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In the Shadow of the Glacier (Constable Molly Smith #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  659 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
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 theres a catch. The money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers.
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Apr 11, 2013 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebies
I admit I like free shit. I also admit I’m not entirely rational in my thought process. For example, I happily hand over my Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime Conference fees and feel like I’ve won the lottery when I receive a bag filled with books. Seriously, this ends up being one of the major highlights of these conferences. So in my continued pursuit of this high, minus the conference fees, I have decided to scour Amazon for the best free short stories and books available. With that being said, ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
After hearing some thumbs up comments about Delany's Smith Winters series I recommended it to a friend. Two years later the friend was back seeking the series name. By this time I didn't have a clue. With the help of the readers' advisory skills of fiction_l members I was able to put this series back into the hands of my friend. Thought it was time for me to actually read one.

I decided to listen to the first in the series In the Shadow of the Glacier. Somewhere, somehow I got the impression tha
Sep 24, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the first in a new mystery series. It takes place in small town Canada, so is reminiscent of Louise Penny. It also reminds me of the TV show Broadchurch, although the story isn't nearly as sad. The book stars Molly Smith, a young local woman who is a new Constable, working on her first big case. The boss in charge is Sargent Winters, who's new to the area, and needs her local knowledge, if not her lack of expertise. Additionally there is an interesting cast of charact ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Zora rated it it was ok
While starring a cop, this novel reads like a cozy.

Had this been written by a man, I'd scream for three paragraphs here about how sexist it is, how stupid and weak and victimy all the women characters are, how much they seem like artifacts of 1958, and how offensive I find that. I suppose that's pretty sexist of me, isn't it?, that I'm only giving it a paragraph of complaint here because the author is female. I promise to work harder on my sexism and slam women authors for weak female characters
Nov 18, 2010 Caroline rated it liked it
This is a good book about a young officer in Canada who is trying to become a detective. She's a bit overeager on her first assignment but she grows on you and her family is pretty interesting. In this first of the series, there is controversy over a park to be built in honor of those Americans who fled to Canada for escaping the draft during the Vietnam war and it is still as controversial in this small Canadian town now as it was back then. There are also the ever-present issue of a developer ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This could have been an interesting book, if only the characters weren't eye-rollingly irritating. For an ambitious cop Molly appears to have very little sense; her reluctant and grizzled partner constantly thinks about his adored wife, but only in the context that she's stunningly beautiful and no one else has a wife as hot as he does. I gave up after the first few chapters - a pity, since the actual murder and seething small town politics were interesting - because I just couldn't take any mor ...more
A decent and readable Canadian procedural, with good scene setting and an interesting collection of town characters. To me, the juxtaposition of the small-town atmosphere with the darker underbelly is reminiscent of Louise Penny's Three Pines. However, the two main leads - local girl Constable Molly Smith, and the older, more careworn Detective Sergeant John Winters - are obviously very different characters to Inspector Gamache. It will be interesting to see how the series develops.
May 23, 2016 Madelyn rated it really liked it
Constable Molly Smith of Trafalgar, British Columbia is assigned to assist a veteran Detective Sergeant when she finds the body of a man in an alley. This is an exciting series debut from Vicki Delany. There are complex characters that kept me busy sorting them all out. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Dec 26, 2015 Linda rated it did not like it
The plot seemed a stretch and characters -both the good and bad-never seemed to develop beyond first impressions. The dialogue seems stilted. The young and green Constable and the experienced Detective Sargent never really seem to solve the crimes . The bad guys throw themselves in front of them and confess for no apparent reason.The ending seemed rushed and.unbelievable.
Jul 07, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Well written and captivating. I rarely read a serial mystery that leaves me shocked at the end, but this one does it. Bravo, Ms. Delany. I will be reading more about Molly Smith.
New to me Canadian authored novel as audio set in Western Canada, my letter 'I' in the Thanksgiving Title Letter Reading Challenge
Oct 22, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This book is a great start of a series. That’s not always easy because the author is trying to introduce the major players and still write a mystery. The main protagonists, Constable Molly Smith and Sgt. John Winters, take on full blown lives. The setting of this book is a small town in the Canadian Rockies where a lot of draft dodgers from America came to back in the 60’s. One of them has died and left a park to the town with the stipulation that they have a statue in honor of these men. This c ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began the book without any idea on who the author is and what reviews it received.

It was a pleasant surprise. I like the heroine and her family, the small-town atmosphere and the setting in British Columbia!
Lori Watson koenig
Jan 05, 2017 Lori Watson koenig rated it really liked it
easy to read, enjoyable. Didn't take too much thinking so was perfect for a holiday book.
Terralyn Brown Barfield
3 1/2 *s
Well worth reading.
Cathy Cole
May 05, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: People were of two minds about Reginald ("Call me Reg") Montgomery.

It's not easy having a name like Moonlight Legolas Smith-- and having a brother named Samwise-- but that's what happens when you're born to two hippies who came to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War. Moonlight is used to it, and prefers being called Molly, thank you very much. She's a new beat cop in small town Trafalgar, British Columbia, and although her choice of occupation doesn't please her parents,
Sep 23, 2016 Lata rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, auth-f, 2016-read
Definitely a first in a series. The author spends a lot of time introducing the town and its residents. Molly Smith has potential as a character, and I like her fuming at the sexism of her fellow police officers. Winters has potential as a character, too.
I really liked the Canadian setting. Most mysteries I've read don't take place in Canada, or in a province I've actually lived in. So that's a pleasant surprise. I think the series has promise, so I'll probably check out more of Molly's experien
Feb 15, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Molly Smith, the main character in this book, is the daughter of a Vietnam-era draft dodger and his still activist wife who settled in Canada in the 1960's. Her parents don't like her career choice. The traditional police don't appreciate having a woman in the department. And now she's discovered the body of a local businessman in an alley...

It's a great premise for a story, including both mystery and personal development. Mostly I enjoyed the book. But there were many times when I was thrown ou
Feb 12, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
In the Shadow of the Glacier is the first book in the Constable Molly Smith series. Trafalgar is a small town in British Columbia that welcomed draft dodgers from the United States during Vietnam. The town is divided by a recent request from a local to build a Peace Garden commemorating the Americans who found refuge there is the 60s. Added to that, Reginald Montgomery, a brash American who is against the plan, wants to build a huge resort that might lose American tourist business if they are of ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am having a hard time deciding on my opinion of this book. I have read all of Vicki Delaney's Klondike series and for the most part found them enjoyable reads with some faults that I have discussed in my reviews of them and having read all the glowing reviews of the Molly Smith series I was anticipating the same satisfying reading. However I just didn't quite get that in this book. It's hard to like a book when one of the MCs comes across as unlikeable but it really takes a large stretch to li ...more
Kathleen Hagen
In the Shadow of the Glacier, by Vicki Delany, a-minus, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

This is the first in the Constable Molly Smith series set in a little town, Trafalgar, British Columbia. Molly, (whose given name, bestowed by her hippie mother, is Moonlight) is newly hired to the Trafalgar Police. There is only one other woman on the force and several older cops who aren’t anxious to have women cops join them. The murdered man is a
Sep 10, 2010 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Smith is young constable on the Trafalgar police force. Born and raised in Trafalgar, a very small town near the Kootenays in British Columbia, her parents own an outdoor store and guide service.

One night on her rounds, Molly stumbles over a body in a dark alley near her parent's store. Reginald Montgomery, wealthy businessman and newcomer, was trying to develop a large resort outside of town before his death. Tempers run very high for and against it and the police quickly go from too many
Jun 04, 2014 Rennie rated it liked it
A nice little mystery set in BC just about sums it up. I realize that seems to be somewhat of a damning with faint praise take on it but it really is more positive than how it sounds.

It was nice in that I liked it almost more for what was not in it as for what was there.It did not rely on graphic details of the murder to capture the interest of the reader and there was no gratuitous swearing or contrived romance so kudos for that achievement.

It is always a bit of a novelty to read a book set in
Norma Huss
Sep 14, 2012 Norma Huss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
This is Canadian mystery, with the main character of Constable Molly Smith (originally named Moonbeam.) I really enjoyed it, first for the location. I grew up in Washington (state), just south of the British Columbia locale (although not in the shadow of any glaciers). So, since I'm now transplanted to eastern US, it seemed familiar to me. Second, it's a great mystery with a wonderful cast and an engrossing, perplexing plot. (Can't get better than that.)

The small (invented) town has a big probl
Sheila Beaumont
I enjoyed this entertaining, fast-paced mystery set in a small mountain town in British Columbia. The heroine is Constable Molly Smith, daughter of hippie parents who named their children Moonlight Legolas (aka Molly) and Samwise. The town has become a center of controversy involving a proposed resort that's seen as an environmental threat, especially to the grizzly bears, and a proposed new park and garden to honor American draft dodgers and war resisters from the Vietnam era.

The resort develop
Vicki Gooding
Nov 06, 2015 Vicki Gooding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this author. The book was fun. It's setting is in Canada. British Columbia is in turmoil because of a legacy left to the town to build a peace garden in honor of Vietnam draft dodgers. Hippie Parents from Vietnam days, some irritating characters, but an excellent story line. Reginald Montgomery decides he wants to fight it and build a resort. When Montgomery is murdered, constable Molly Smith comes across the body while walking her regular beat. Although she's still inexperienced ...more
Bridget Martin
Very interesting setting and cast of characters. The mystery was puzzling and the resolution, though unexpected, made sense. I look forward to reading the next adventure. I see there are six more titles in the series.

I will read the next book if it is read by the same person
I was not fond of the reader's interpretation of the voices. The protagonist, a young constable, would not resort to such a whine-y voice as often as she did. Sometimes I would pause the recording and imagine the words restat
Dec 03, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, canadian, 2013
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. There were so many characters introduced at the beginning that I had my doubts as to whether I'd be able to keep them all straight. But in no time, they became well defined, engaging characters. I loved the writing style, the pacing, the tiny cliff hangers at the end of some chapters, and I even stopped grimacing each time a bit of dialogue ended with "eh". In real life, I have to stop myself from shouting 'stop that' every time I hear someone use "eh" ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
This series opener introduces us to Constable Moonlight (her parents were hippies) "Molly" Smith, who almost literally stumbles across murder victim, Reg Montgomery in Trafalgar, British Columbia. Reg was a widely distrusted newcomer who was planning to develop a luxury resort just outside of town; thus providing for a long list of suspects. The town is further divided by Smith's mother's plans to erect a memorial dedicated to American Draft Dodgers who flew to Canada during the Vietnam War.

Melinda Worfolk
Borrowed this audiobook from my library's Overdrive service. I thought it was enjoyable, if unchallenging, and not a very mysterious mystery. I think what I liked best about it was the setting in the British Columbia interior--in the Kootenays. It was decently written and interesting enough to keep my attention--a good simple read, suitable for recuperating in bed.

One annoyance I had, however, was the narrator: she had the strangest way of pronouncing the diphthong "ou" (as in "about"). Unfaili
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“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers.

She is the author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library Series.
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