Winter of Secrets
by Vicki Delany

Poisoned Pen Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-590-58676-1.
Reviewed by Mary Jo Doig
Posted on 03/04/2010

Fiction: Mystery

Winter of Secrets is the third in Vicki Delany's Constable Moonlight (Molly) Smith series. The story opens during the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's in the Kootenay Mountains and deep forests of Trafalgar, British Columbia, a peaceful resort town that is filled at the moment with vacationing skiers. It's also where Mother Nature has seemingly removed all colors from her palette except for black and white.

As a heavy snowstorm blankets Trafalgar into a Christmas fairyland, events turn ominous when two young men, visiting skiers and lifelong-friends, are found dead after their car plunges beneath the ice of the frozen Upper Kootenay River. It seems at first that a simple tragedy has occurred. Yet after the coroner discovers that one of the men had been dead at least a day prior to the fatal crash, Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters are summoned into the lives of the young vacationers whose privileged lifestyles include limitless wealth, drugs, predatory sexual encounters, and other dark secrets.

Delany's writing style is crisp and well-paced. I found it a definite pleasure to meet and spend time with her very human and memorable protagonist. She holds her reader to the page until the very end of this enjoyable mystery.

Check out our interview with the author of Winter of Secrets.

Vicky Delany took an early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressured financial world to settle down in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she watches the grass grow and works on the next Constable Molly Smith mystery, Gold Fever, scheduled for publication in April, 2010. Visit the author's website.

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