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Winter of Secrets (Constable Molly Smith #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  421 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in the peaceful mountain town of Trafalgar, B.C. enjoying a two-week vacation of skiing, drinking, drugs, and sex. But tragedy strikes when two of the group crash through the ice into the frozen river. It's Christmas Eve and the snow-storm of the decade has settled over the town. Constables Molly Smith and Dave ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published November 1st 2009)
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this one much better than any of the previous books in the series but I still have a few reservations. OK I'm beginning to like John Winters a bit more, especially as a family man, but he still doesn't rank very high on my list of favourite detectives and I really liked Molly Smith much more in this book than the previous ones. Unlike the previous book this one actually is a Molly Smith story and not a John Winters. However far and away the best character in the story is once again Lucky ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016, canada
While working the Christmas Eve shift in the small town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, Constables Molly Smith and Dave Evans are summoned to the scene of a car accident. Two young men are dead after crashing their car into the river. At first, it appears to be an accident, but the autopsy reveals evidence that turns this into a possible murder investigation. Sergeant John Winters and new constable, Molly, start to interview the victims' family and friends and those townsfolk who interacted with ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish there had a been a character I could actually like, but for some reason, the author dwells on what is annoying, inconsiderate, or downright appalling about her characters. The friends of the two dead guys are all self-absorbed and gross, and there's no tension about who killed two sleazy dudes that we never have any reason to care about. The story is told from multiple perspectives, but the main character has such a bland personality that I think it would have been better to spend more ti ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canadian, 2013, pulse
After the first three books, I am really and truly a fan of this series. The characters are so well developed that I feel as though they are friends/acquaintances and that Trafalgar is my second home. All the books, but this one especially, were so well paced and plotted that I lost myself in them for hours at a time. Plus, this series is so well written that I've read the first three books one-after-another, a very rare thing for me since I usually tire of an author's voice fairly quickly.

If yo
Aaron Lazar
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must have loaded this onto my Kindle a while ago - I happened upon it way down in the archives, and I don't remember, but I think I bumped into Vicki on Twitter, checked out the book, and bought it on the spot.

I"m so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed the story set in a mid-winter BC town, told primarily through the POVs of two local cops, Winter (male) and Smith (young newbie female cop). The characters were well-rounded and beautifully done. A GREAT winter mystery!

Top notch writing, solid sus
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the last 2 Smith mysteries out of order, because my husband buys them for me and couldn't find this one at Christmas in hardcover. When I started this, I thought it was a shame not to have had it at Christmas, since the story takes place then. After a while, I just thought it was a shame - a shame that Delany made a kind of nothing story drag out. I found the next one to be better and it's a good thing, or I might have stopped reading the series! There was just not enough plot and too muc ...more
Tina Siegel
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Passable mystery, loveable (or despicable) characters, sloppy writing. There are places where Delany's syntax is so poor you have to read a sentence twice, sometimes three times, to make sure you've understood her meaning. That's the mark of bad writing choices. And I enjoy her descriptions of the natural world - and of people - but she seems to fall back on lists. Just rhymes off everything she wants to tell you and moves on.

I'll probably stick with the series, because I'm quite charmed by the
Kyla Squires
This was a pretty satisfying story. There are some over the top characters but worth the read over all.
I listened to the audio version though and the reader clearly wasn't Canadian. She gave the Québécoise character a France French accent which I found really off putting as that's not at all how French Canadians speak, and then she mispronounced toque! Didn't they have someone checking on these things?
Bridget Martin
Setting The Kootenay Rockies is a pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Townies scrabbling to get by vs Tourists with more money than they know what to do with.
As a year round resident of a tourist area, I can attest it's a fertile setting for murder.

Resolution was a bit of a rush job.
The guilty party was a babbling brook of confession. I want the guilty held accountable for their actions but even I wanted to yell,
There is a lot of action in this book that is set in British Columbia. It begins on Christmas Eve and a huge snowstorm has hit the town. Constable Molly Smith is on duty and has a very busy shift. There are lots of interesting characters and the plot keeps one reading.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the characters, plots, and location!
Carol C
Did not like this ending

But it certainly has me wanting to read the next one! Unfortunately my library doesn't carry this author, because she's Canadian?
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the smallest towns have the darkest secrets.
Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in British Columbia enjoying a two-week vacation when tragedy strikes the group of privileged students.
It's Christmas Eve, and a snowstorm has settled over the Canadian mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Constables Molly Smith and Dave Evans have a busy shift, attending fender-benders and the like. At midnight, they discover a car that has gone off the snowy road into th
Cathy Cole
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers are faced with a story of wealthy, entitled people and how they can so easily and carelessly destroy lives. It didn't take long for me to see that Winter of Secrets isn't really a case of whodunit, but of why and how.

As usual, Delany's excellent cast made me forget that I don't particularly care for books that prominently feature the rich and shameless. Constable Molly Smith has good instincts, but she's still learning and still making mistakes. These blunders can infuriate her mentor,
Kathleen Hagen
Winter of Secrets, by Vicky Delany, b-plus, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

Sometimes the smallest towns have the darkest secrets.Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in British Columbia, enjoying a two-week
vacation. Tragedy strikes the group of privileged students when two of them crash through the ice into the frozen river.It's Christmas Eve and the snowstorm
of the decade has settled over the peaceful Canadian
Terralyn Brown Barfield
3 1/2 *s
Well worth reading.
Nancy S.
I listened to it as an audioBook. It was a very interesting book and very well written. This is about Constable Molly Smith and Book 3 of the series. She is a Canadian Policewoman, and has finally moved out of her parents home but she's not dating yet as it has been only a short time since her fiancee's murder and the assault she suffered a year later. It is now winter and all kinds of issues have arisen not least the death of 2 vacationers.

Amazon's Description.. Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Y
Easy to read, standard police mystery. I loved the description of areas in the Kootenays I know so well. I don't understand why Delany created a name for an existing town (and ski hill) in the Kootenays yet used the real name and locations of other communities. It really interupted the flow of the story for me. If you are obviously trying to appeal to locals by using sharing some pretty local knowledge (i.e. Cancel-gar) why not just say that the books are set in Nelson? Why rename it Trafalgar? ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canadian
This was my first Molly Smith mystery, although it is the third in the series. At first it was confusing to have so many characters (many, presumably, from the earlier books), but then everything sorted into place and I quite enjoyed it. The resort town setting is good (I think based on Nelson in southeast B.C.) Although Molly is the main character, the text shifts occasionally to other characters' points of view. Molly has just passed probabtion as a constable, but through circumstances, has be ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A car flies into the river in the middle of winter in the peaceful mountain town of Trafalgar, B.C. However, one of the bodies recovered turns out to have been dead before the crash. Detective John Winters is called in to investigate and, as usual, calls on Constable Molly Smith because of her familiarity with the local scene. The plots in this series have become a bit formulaic and rely on Molly making mistakes due to her youth and inexperience. However, the mistake in this story is so overblow ...more
Nothing unusual about a vehicle plunging into the water on a very slippery snowy night; it happens. What is unusual however is that one of the victims, it is learned, was dead several hours before the vehicle made the plunge, killing the second. Questions arise as to the driver's involvement in the death of the other. Ya, what's up with that?

While the story held my interest and I hadn't guessed either the perp or the motive, I wasn't particularly fond of any of the characters. There also seemed
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-canadian
Well damn. Read this one out of order. I hate that. So I'll go back and catch up.

I like this series because Canadian constable Molly is a beginning police officer who wants to eventually become a detective. She makes mistakes and learns from them whenever she works with the irascible older John Winters.

This installment was particularly interesting because she spends time skiing black diamond slopes and questioning suspects in the ski lodge. As a former downhill skier I know the author caught t
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-canada
Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth drives his SUV, and his friend Ewan, into the river on Christmas Eve, leaving Trafalgar (BC) constable Molly Smith and her boss, Sergeant John Winters, a real holiday mess. Jason and his friends had rented a bed and breakfast for the holiday break, and set about skiing, seducing the local girls, and fighting with the local men. When the autopsy reveals something strange about the accident, Winters must deal with Jason's influential parents, as well as the mystery itself. A t ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book in the Molly Smith series and it's a series I really enjoy. One of those series where you not only get to meet your main characters, Sgt. John Winters and experienced detective and young Constable Molly Smith, you get to meet the people in the community they live in and that is what makes this book a lot of fun. Love them or hate them and you'll have the chance to do both the people make this book. Give it a try if you have a chance but as always I recommendreading this seri ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I never read books about winter in the winter...I have enough cold and snow in real life, so I thought about putting this away to read in the summer. Once I got started, I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are quirky and likable-and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

"Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in the peaceful mountain town of Trafalgar, B.C. enjoying a two-week vacation. Tragedy strikes the group of privileged students whe
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
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Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reba-raves, canadian
I'm really enjoying this series. I love Molly Smith, and Detective Winters, not to mention Molly's Mom Lucky (well kind of a love-hate thing going on with her). Having just been on a project at work for 16 months where I dealt with folks from British Columbia almost daily, I'd say Vicki has captured their unique, paradoxical culture beautifully. The relationships between her characters are so real and natural as well; that brings a whole extra level of depth that I love.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series of books OK about young Constable Molly Smith. I'm getting to know the characters. I'm reading them more for the interaction between the characters than the mysteries themselves. The location of the books is set in British Columbia, so reading about the weather, the mountains, and RCMP seems exotic to me. The author does seem to toss in a lot of extra characters and sometimes it's hard to tell which ones you need to pay attention to.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constable Molly Smith is called to the scene of an accident late one snowy night in the tiny town of Trafalgar, BC. Two tourists skidded off the road and landed in the river. Both are pronounced dead at the scene, however, further examination proves that one of the two was dead at least a day before the accident.

Vicki Delany provides an enticing mystery as each detail is revealed. This is a quick to read story with a satisfying ending.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters return to solve another murder in quiet Trafalgar, BC. It's the Christmas season and the snow has arrived with a vengeance, causing accidents and even death. But were all the deaths accidental? Molly has finally moved out of her parents home and into her own apartment. I'm enjoying the development of the characters and of the town.
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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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