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Among the Departed (Constable Molly Smith #5)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  272 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

Fifteen years ago a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to her best friend Nicky Nowak’s house for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk.He was never seen again.Autumn has arrived on the mountains above Trafalgar, B.C., and the promise of winter
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published February 1st 2009)
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May 07, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
This is book five in the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicki Delany. However, this is the first one that I have read. I don’t feel that I was lost or left out because I hadn’t read the first books. This can definitely be read as a stand alone book. I will be going back and reading the prior books because I enjoyed this one so much.

Vicki Delany’s characters are vibrant and alive. I could just picture Jamie defiantly stuffing his blanket in his sleeping bag and setting off on an adventure at the
May 10, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016, canada
This is the fifth book in the Constable Molly Smith series set in Trafalgar, British Columbia. 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 ...more
Mar 17, 2016 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. As a constable, Molly’s usual routine is fairly boring and doesn’t include murder investigation. However, as in previous books, Detective Sergeant John Winters finds her knowledge of Trafa ...more
Eric Wright
Jul 17, 2015 Eric Wright rated it liked it
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. Ostensibly this is about Molly “moonlight” Smith and Adam Tocek of the RCMP, however, the case of characters is fairly large and moves from one to another as each chapter opens. I found it confusing with very little hint about the mystery until the last couple of pages. There is muc ...more
Anthony Bidulka
Jan 06, 2013 Anthony Bidulka rated it really liked it
Vicki is one of Canada's best mystery authors. Read this to find out why.
Mar 26, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
This one had an interesting twist about a 15 year old mystery of the "disappearing man". Waiting on the next book to come in!

"Fifteen years ago a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to her best friend Nicky Nowak’s house for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk. He was never seen again. Autumn has arrived on the mountains above Trafalgar, B.C., and the promise of wint
Mar 08, 2011 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
Apr 24, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Brothers and sisters tend to argue and Jamie and his sister Poppy aren’t exempt from disagreements. 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. Jamie decides that he will show his parents that he won’t be treated in that manner. 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 a ...more
Lis Carey
May 12, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Molly Smith and her boyfriend Adam Tocek are both constables in the town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Adam is also the handler of Norman, a highly trained police dog. Late one evening, Adam gets a call that there's a small boy missing from a camping area nearby, and all three of them respond. The boy is quickly found, unharmed, but Norman also finds some bones. Adult human bones.

These bones are quickly determined to be the bones of Brian Nowak, a man who disappeared fifteen years ago. In an u
Cheryl A
May 05, 2012 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
Kathleen Hagen
Among the Departed: a Constable Molly Smith mystery, by Vicki Delany, a-minus, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Produced by Blackstone Audio, Downloaded from

Constable Molly Smith is sitting by the fire with her boy friend, RCMP Officer Adam Cocek and his search dog, Norman. A call comes in that a child is lost in the woods as he wandered away from his parents’ camp site. Adam and Molly and Norman search for, and find the little boy, terrified but unharmed. Then Norman digs up bones
Shonna Froebel
Jun 08, 2015 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, mystery
This is the first Delany mystery I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is part of a series featuring Constable Molly Smith, in the town of Trafalgar, BC. Molly is getting comfortable in her relatively recent relationship with RCMP officer Adam Tocek. 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 ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2016 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. 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. They, each in their own ways, have become quite strange since the disappearance of their dad/husband. This is another good entry in the Molly Smith detec ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Terri rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Has a decent plot, and I liked the characters. One thing that bugs me about this series, though, is the way the author uses Molly/Moonlight Smith name throughout. 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 just sounds odd. And I have to say I did get a laugh out of one scene (was supposed to be serious). Molly and her frien ...more
Richard Becker
This is another top-notch story from Vicki Delany. I enjoy the Molly Smith mysteries due to the main character's gumption and the enjoyable mix of eccentric characters and the down-to-earth fellow police officers that Molly works with. This story also included a nicely drawn mystery.
Feb 03, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
I found this book confusing - too many sub plots and characters. Using different names for the same characters added to the confusion (Moonlight, Molly, Smith). The main plot was interesting but predictable.
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
May 18, 2016 Karen added it
This was a good read. I just picked it out quickly on Overdrive and it was one I couldn't put down.
Kyla Squires
Jan 20, 2015 Kyla Squires rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite in this series so far. Good mystery, good character development.
Aug 20, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it
Love this series set in rural Canada! Characters are richly drawn.
Donna Carrick
Jul 08, 2011 Donna Carrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling mystery by a great story-teller.

Once again, Delany hits the mark with Among The Departed, a mystery set in BC's stunning mountain region. 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
Dec 31, 2015 Ann rated it liked it
Tina Siegel
Aug 21, 2014 Tina Siegel rated it liked it
Getting better.
Jul 08, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-canada
Why would a happily married man suddenly disappear? When a search dog accidentally finds bones that are identified as Brian Nowak's, police constable Moonlight (Molly) Smith must cast her mind back to her childhood, when a sleepover ended with Nowak's disappearance. Molly must also face what happened to his family after the disappearance--how her friend, his daughter, eventually left town almost unnoticed. This terrific Canadian series just gets better and better.
Jul 30, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it
This is the first of this series I have read and I enjoyed it.

The only part that bothered me was on page 10 where a distraught mother describes her child as wearing brown trousers and a white jumper (sweater), and the cop answers "red's good, the color'll stand out in the woods."

I was quite certain who the murderer was mid way through the book, but the side plots were able to keep me interested.

I will look for more books by this author.
Sep 07, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
She had me going down several roads until the end. I enjoyed going back to the past of the Smith family and the town of Trafalgar.
I am trying to remember if the other books in this series were printed with as many typos and misplaced words. Boo Poisoned Pen Press. Do not look to Spell Check to do your work for you.
Jun 02, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
I enjoy the Molly Smith books. The characters are your every day group of people and the town is small that everyone know one another. Molly works for the a police dept. in Canada and things aren't always easy for her. The stories and scenery are fun.
Some of Ms. Delany books are hard to find
Sharon Bengel
Nov 28, 2013 Sharon Bengel rated it liked it
I like this series and these characters but man are there a lot of typos and editing errors in this book. I also really hope Andy wasn't killed off just to satisfy another characters school boy crush. This one has a good mystery with a twist at the end that most will not expect. A solid entry.
Feb 24, 2011 Grace rated it it was amazing
Vicki Delany has crafted another excellent village mystery. Small town secrets abound and Constable Molly Smith must look to her past in order to solve a cold case. Great characters and plot twists galore make this a very satisfying read!!!
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Constable Molly Smith (8 books)
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  • Valley of the Lost (Constable Molly Smith #2)
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