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Valley of the Lost (Constable Molly Smith #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  470 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
In the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. While this should be an open-and-shut drug case, restraint marks on the victim suggest that the death might not have been completely accidental. As the investigation into the young woman's death--and life--grows, the case becomes increa ...more
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Published February 5th 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 1st 2009)
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2.5 stars.
Why the heck is Molly kidnapped a second time in this book? Is the author intending to make the rookie police officer nothing but a damsel in distress?
I get that Molly encounters not only casual sexism from her fellow officers, and also verbal and physical assaults from men and some women when she's on patrol or aiding in an investigation, but I don't think having her get rescued twice in two books is helping me see her as someone learning and growing into her job.
The next book bette
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
This is the second book in the Constable Molly Smith series, set in Trafalgar, British Columbia. In this one, Molly's mother finds a baby lying next to a dead woman. She is surprised to discover the baby is still alive. She calls the police and her constable daughter, Molly, along with Detective Sergeant John Winters start their investigation. Initially it looks like the young mother overdosed on heroin, but all evidence points to the fact that she's been off drugs for over a year. When the auto ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Constable Molly Smith series. Enjoyable read in this series about a probationary female constable in a rural British Columbia town. The writing in this 2009 entry is more under control than it was in the debut of the series, In the Shadow of the Glacier (2007). If I still have a quibble, it's that the plot (and villain) is predictable. But the main character is enjoyable, her family dynamic is hilarious, and her law enforcement colleagues are interesting.

In the town of Trafalgar, Briti
Bridget Martin
Setting: British Columbia, Canada, resort town. The inconveniences for the locals living in an expensive tourist locale are presented well. That's not a factor in the mystery just a reality for the year round residents. I live in a place that gets overrun by seasonal tourism also. It's a familiar situation presented realistically, without griping.
Audio: The reader's voice is annoying to me, especially her voice for Constable Molly Smith. That voice conjures up a very different image than the ch
Dr T
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in this series set in the Kootenay valley of British Columbia. This story revolves around the murder of an unidentified young woman and an abandoned baby in the town on Trafalgar. As Smith and her superiors try to solve the murder and identify the baby, the case becomes more complicated. Information needed for the reader to solve the mystery is finally presented late in the book, although there are really no surprises along the way. The characters are fairly well developed, bu ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Great police procedural based in British Columbia
Rita Winkeler
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of a series that I have read. Going back to read them from book 1. Interesting, easy to read, and enjoyable. Recommend.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable mystery series with believable characters and settings.
Carol C
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another BC cop mystery

I liked this story, maybe a little more polished than the first one of the series.I'm looking forward to #3.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the storyline, however I can't stand Molly or her family. I'd move to Trafalgar, if it were a real place and the Smith family moved out.
Cathy Cole
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The setting sun had slipped behind the mountains, and in the bottom of the valley, long ago carved out of ancient rock by the swift-moving river, the summer's night was hot and close.

When Lucky Smith hears a baby cry off in the trees, she goes to see what's wrong. She finds a scared and hungry infant-- and the body of his mother lying close by. Sergeant John Winters of the Trafalgar, British Columbia, police force begins his investigation with the help of Lucky's daughter, Probationa
John Kenny
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Smith is a rookie cop in her old home town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. She has high ambitions, emotional baggage that stretches back to high school, and aging tree hugger parents who disapprove of Molly’s career choice. Molly’s mentor, John Winters, is a capable big city cop who has issues of his own. He’s retreated to the small town of Trafalgar to make a new start. He’s the gruff, but lovable sort of detective who cares more about his work than he probably should.

Molly’s mother, Luck
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much more than book 1 of this series but it still has problems that prevent me from rating any higher than 3 stars. I had a better liking for John Winters in this book than in the first one but I still don't like Molly Smith too much and it becomes difficult to like a book too much when you don't like one of the MCs though I do like Lucky very much. Although this is billed as a Molly Smith mystery Molly really plays a small role in the story and this book is more of a John Wint ...more
Book #2 in the Constable Molly Smith series finds Molly recovered just a few months after the events in the first story ended. You do not need to read the 1st book, most of the background information on both Molly and her boss John Winters is explained again in this book. I enjoy the characters and the thought of small town life...especially since the novel is set during the summer and talking about a heatwave while I'm living under a blanket of snow. Easy read...enjoyed the book in a few hours. ...more
Terralyn Brown Barfield
3 1/2 *s
Well worth reading.
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is the second book featuring the adventures of Moonlight, aka Molly, Smith, probationary constable of the Trafalgar, BC police force. Her mother hears a baby cry late one night and discovers a baby boy near the body of his dead mother. The mother is known only as Ashley, no last name, and no one knows where she came from. Restraint marks on her arms and legs point to foul play.

Molly's mother, Lucky, takes the baby in during the investigation and quickly runs afoul of a bossy social worker.
Kathleen Hagen
Valley of the Lost, by Vicki Delany, b-plus, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

In the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a young woman is found dead of a heroin overdose, her baby lying at her side. While this should
be an open-and-shut drug case, restraint marks on the victim suggest that the death might not have been completely accidental.Constable Molly Smith and
Sergeant John Winters know little more than the dead wom
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this for an assignment on Pacific Northwest settings. This is set in S-E British Columbia in a small resort time with a residual of hippies. The main character is ostensibly a new cop called Molly Smith (named Moonlight by her hippie mother)but an older cop, experienced cop, new to the area and Molly's sometime mentor is equally evident. The case involves a young woman found dead of a drug overdose and a young baby found next to her body. Molly's mother is annoying as all get out, b ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Smith is a young probationary constable in Trafalgar, British Columbia – a small town that seems still set in the ambiance of the 1960’s. Molly’s mother, who is a diehard remnant of that era (Molly’s real name is Moonshine) finds a baby boy next to the body of a woman who died of a drug overdose. Sergeant John Winters is assigned to investigate and, although Molly is too junior to be a detective, he finds her connections in the community invaluable. Mollie has great potential as a heroine ...more
Val Sanford
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-mystery
Molly Smith is back in action, with her mother, Lucky in the center of the storm. We meet more of the Trafalger, B.C. population and at least one Mounty is taking an interest in Moonlight Legolas Smith. I enjoyed this book as much as the first Molly Smith; the characters are growing on me as they knit scarves and shovel snow in their small mountain town, unsettled by drugs and another murder. Constable Smith is paired with Winters and the big-city cop and rookie are learning to get a long. Molly ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canadian, 2013, pulse
Another great read. I love how the story ambles along, more character than action driven, then suddenly the pace changes and I can't turn the pages fast enough. The main characters, Molly, Winters, and Lucky are proving to be more complex than initially shown, as are their relationships. In fact, as all the characters are more fleshed-out, Trafalgar is becoming a very realistic setting.

I rarely read more than two books in a series one after the other, but I've become so engaged with this one th
Tina Siegel
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the other books I've read in this series (so far). The villains are still ridiculously heavy-handed, and I never believe anything bad is going to happen (because it doesn't). But Delany does inject some day-to-day life stuff - like aging, parent-child conflict, trying to make time for sex (or just your partner) - that adds some nice texture and realism to the book.

Oh! And Christa drove me crazy with her blaming Molly. She's a big girl - she should have filed for a restraining order
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Only one month and not quite recovered from her adventure of book one, Cst Molly Smith is facing another suspicious death in Trafalgar, BC. Lucky, her mother, found a baby in the woods besides a young woman body and brings him home until the family is found. Nothing is known about Ashley, the young woman and rapidly enough, Sgt John Winters, Molly's part-time mentor suspects murder. Molly found herself at the centre of the storm once again. I really like this book and I found that Molly is more ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sounds like this author has the same main character, a young police woman, Molly Smith as in several of her books. This is the first one I had read and I will definitely look for more books written by her. The police woman is still grieving over her fiancee who was killed a year or so ago. The story takes place in a fictitious town in the Kootenays of B. C. Molly's mother, Lucky discovers a small baby in the woods near the Women's Center where she volunteers. Close by is the body of her mother. ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-canada
When unreformed radical Lucky Smith finds a dead woman and a live baby, she decides to act as Miller's foster parent until his family can be identified. But the police, including her daughter Constable Molly (named Moonlight by her parents) and the detective John Winter, can find little information on Ashley and Miller. Meanwhile, a social worker is trying to wrest the baby from Lucky's loving care. Winter suspects that Ashley was murdered. Molly tries to balance her love for her unorthodox pare ...more
Deborah Coates
This is the second book in the Molly Smith/John Winters mystery series. It's set in the small-ish fictional town of Trafalgar in Canada (I say small-ish, because although it's described as small, it has a 20-constable police force which, around here would be big-ish).

I like the characters, the setting and the writing in these books. The mystery is nothing special and it suffers--as the first book did--from escalating too much at the end, but the characters and their lives carry it.

Good book for
Richard Becker
I love this series. It has the right mix of character study and mystery set in a Canadian setting. I enjoy seeing a mystery from the Canadian point of view. I enjoy the quirky personalities involved, including Molly/Moonlight's parents and their hippy past John Winters and his model wife are also interesting. This mystery kept the reader on his/her toes in looking at various suspects and motives. It was fairly fast-paced, while still filling out the characters we are growing to lovel The drugs, ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I've "read" this book through audio-book. This is my first experience of listening to audio-book and also by this author. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was great implying different characters in the story. I like the setting - BC Interior and the story and the characters are well written. I want to try another story by Vicki Delany.
Leonid Zebrovnik
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Lilly, the cat, is no longer with us but her wonderful cafe is still in Picton. The attached bookstore, 'Books & Company' is one of the best anywhere. That is where I bought this book which I purchased because I was curious as the author lives in the area. I thought it was very good & I'm madly in love with Moonlight.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters return in the second British Columbia mystery series. This one is clever. The plot has a few good twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Molly's hippy dippy mom, Lucky, takes custody of a baby found by his dead mom. Only she's not his mom and nobody seems to know who she really is. Or who he is.
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