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In the Shadow of the Glacier

(Constable Molly Smith #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,183 ratings  ·  174 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 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 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
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mystery, series
I came across this series during the winter due to one in the series taking place during the winter. I don't like to read out of order so I decided to give the series a try. The setting is Trafalgar B.C. (really incognito Nelson) in the West Kootenays and I found that to be pretty cool. So, I was basically here for the setting and have to admit that's mostly why I stayed.

I'm going to assume lots of the quirks were first in a series foibles but some were quite grating. One of the main characters
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: canada, audiobook
Listen to the audiobook - the fake Canadian accents, that the narrator slides in and out of seemingly at random, are hilarious. The book might have been a two star read or even a DNF without the humour imparted by those accents.

So, it’s a crappy sexist setup. Not just one but two younger women being mentored by older men in their professions - the cop a good guy, the reporter a total asshole. Molly is totally infantilized by everyone around her - she’s got an unprofessional name that people kee
Sep 24, 2013 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
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Molly Smith works as a constable in Trafalgar, British Columbia despite her hippy upbringing in In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany. The hitherto peaceful city is set aflame when Molly discovers the body of Reg Montgomery, who is trying to create a major development decried by environmentalists and who is the first murder victim in Trafalgar in over a year. Assigned to assist Sergeant John Winters with the investigation in the absence of Winters’s regular partner, Molly finds herself em ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I debated whether to rate it with 3 or 4 stars. I enjoyed the characters although there were a LOT of them. About sixty! I had to make notes because I want to remember who they are when I read the next book since this is the first one of a series of around eight books. The plot moved slowly at times, but in the end I enjoyed this book much more than I didn't. So far I prefer the Lighthouse Library Mysteries written under the name Eva Gates over the series of the Constable Molly Smith mysteries. ...more
Moonshine "Molly" Smith is a young rookie police constable in Trafalgar, British Columbia, a small town nestled below the fictional Koola Glacier on the upper Kootenay River. She is catapulted into a conflict between the supporters of a proposed peace park to commemorate the conscientious objectors of the Vietnam War and the development of Grizzly Resort which threatens to destroy the wilderness area that Trafalgar so values. When the resort's much-hated developer is found bludgeoned to death, M ...more
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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Constable Molly Smith finds herself partnering with the lead homicide detective when his usual partner heads out of town when Trafalgar's first murder in years occurs. The town about a half-hour north of the United States border boasts a significant population of Vietnam draft dodgers. Many citizens, including Molly's activist mother, want a Peace Garden honoring draft dodgers, but others like Reginald Montgomery oppose the plan. Montgomery aspires to build a resort which might lose American tou ...more
Lee Corbiere
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure where to begin with this one. I think I'll start by saying my review is based on having listened the audiobook.... I believe I might have enjoyed it more if I read it and may have rated it slightly higher, but only slightly.

I chose this book because the setting is in British Columbia, which is where I live. Having said that, who actually thinks we talk like this?!? Someone didn’t do their research.

The narrator got the accent all wrong - from the use of tone, cadence and inflection
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable murder mystery set in the small Canadian town of Trafalgar, where conflicts have arisen over a proposed peace memorial and a proposed resort. Small niggles: 1) Sgt. John Winters was a real p----k in the first part of the book, very critical and short with his temporary assistant -our heroine- Molly (Moonlight) Smith, 2) in one incident with a persistent reporter Molly's behavior was incredibly stupid and immature, when she should have known to just walk away, 3) Molly's childhood ...more
Nov 18, 2010 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
Jun 11, 2013 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 04, 2013 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. ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviews
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.
May 23, 2016 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.
Jul 07, 2012 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 ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This story has that witty humor I enjoy. I really liked it!
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this audio book. I do think that the book had a good story but there were too many corny bits, magnified greatly, in my opinion, by the whiny voice that the narrator adopts for Molly.
Hmm... I have a bad feeling that this might be one of those series where I do not particularly like the characters but somehow keep reading the next book in the hopes that I warm up to the books and the individuals who populate them. Unfortunately, I am already doing this type of reading with Delany's Klondike mysteries... I am not sure why I do this, perhaps optimism?

The book was not terrible, but also not great. For me, it was somewhere between two and three stars, which I rounded up in part b
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
I was drawn to this series because the constable in the books is a woman. I found the idea of a female constable in British Columbia interesting and I wondered if author Vicki Delany would make her a tough woman and a nice girl determined to make it in a “man’s world”. Let me immediately set your mind at ease. Constable Molly (“Moonlight”) Smith is a gutsy law enforcement professional and also an appealing young woman.
The action takes place in the small fictional town of Trafalgar, British Col
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An earlier (2007) Molly (Moonlight) Smith murder mystery book about "Trafalgar" in the Kootenays area of British Columbia. I had missed reading this first book in the series. Didn't realize it was the first when I downloaded it to read while on a trip. It provides the background as Molly has her first experience of being seconded as an investigator into a murder investigation, as well as the personal challenges of being on the police force in the town where she grew up.

In a lot of ways, it's an
Nancy I
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Molly Smith - real name, Moonlight - was raised in the small town of Trafalgar, British Columbia by her hippie parents who moved to Canada as draft dodgers after her dad was drafted for the army.  After the death of her husband, Molly is now a police officer, and her hippie mother doesn't quite approve.  Her mom is fighting for a commemorative peace garden in town to recognize all the draft dodgers that moved to Trafalgar, but then the main opponent to the garden shows up dead.  Rookie Molly is ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
#1 in the Constable Molly Smith series. Promising series debut features a young female constable in rural British Columbia thrown into a temporary partnership with a crusty veteran new to the area. Enjoyable for the most part but too many elements detract from the whole. The murder brings in environmentalists and patriot/draft dodger elements, but there are also her best friend and the friend's stalker, her parents marital problems, a much-raking TV journalist and the local print journalist he i ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
Molly Smith, actually named Moonlight by her hippie parents, is trying to further her career in law enforcement. As a constable, she has hopes, she thinks, of being a detective. But she is still dealing with a personal tragedy that haunts her. When a murder occurs, she is teamed up with a seasoned detective who is new to this force. Sergeant Winters has his own demons to tame, as he patiently teaches Molly the fine art of investigation. Things take a turn to the unexpected in the exciting conclu ...more
Kenneth Funk
This book drove me nuts with the constantly changing references to Constable Molly Smith. Sometimes she is referred to as Smith, sometimes as Molly, sometimes as Moonbeam (or whatever her hippy name was). It is almost like the storyteller was trying to tell the story from differing viewpoints and not always using the proper addressing for the situation.

Overall this book was extremely hard to get into. It took awhile but I finally got there. The story was interesting enough I will read the secon
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