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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 womanas death and life grows, the case becomes increasiIn 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 womanas death and life grows, the case becomes increasingly personal for Probationary Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters. Only two things are known about the dead woman: her first name is Ashley, and she has a three-month-old baby boy. Who was she? And was this is just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinister at play? Smithas mother, Lucky, has taken in the orphaned baby: does he hold the key to solving his motheras murder? Meanwhile, Wintersa wife, Eliza, is considering accepting a modeling contract with the same resort development that seems to be ripping the close-knit community apart. Has the controversial project pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?Valley of the Lost is the sequel to In the Shadow of the Glacier....

Title : Valley of the Lost
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ISBN : 9781590585962
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Number of Pages : 452 Pages
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Valley of the Lost Reviews

  • Lata
    2019-03-05 04:03

    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 better improve.....

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-03-18 08:10

    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 autopsy reveals she has never given birth, the investigation expands to try and find out who the baby is and who his real parents are.At the same time, the tension in Trafalgar is high over a resort that has been proposed by a group of developers. Many in Trafalgar's population are ex-hippies who moved to Trafalgar during the Vietnam war and they oppose any kind of development for the town. We also meet a lot of different characters which helps give the book some real twists and turns. The contrast between the peaceful community of Trafalgar and big money land development, drug trade, and murder make this an intriguing mystery. I read the first book of this series last month and liked it enough to buy the second one. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone mystery. I feel like the characters are developing nicely. The strong secondary characters, especially Molly's mother, Lucky, are exceptionally well done. I think this neither a cozy mystery nor a gritty mystery, but a traditional mystery combined with an interesting police procedural. I love the setting of British Columbia and definitely plan to follow up with the next book in the series.

  • Ed
    2019-03-16 11:23

    #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, 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 increasingly personal for Probationary Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters. Only two things are known about the dead woman: her first name is Ashley, and she has a three-month-old baby boy. Smith’s mother, Lucky, has taken in the lost baby: does he hold the key to solving his mother’s murder? In the meantime, Winters’ wife, Eliza, is considering a modeling contract with the same resort development that seems to be ripping the community apart.

  • Bridget Martin
    2019-03-10 05:27

    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 character description in the book. She doubts her abilities but is not described as weak or whiney on the job. I can understand her hanging onto teenage agnst with her parents but that persona/voice should not carryover into her work.I want to read more Canadian authors so I'll continue despite the reader. If the setting was the US I would abandon the series. Style: The author uses a lot of metaphors. That's not something I usually notice so I think it must be considerable. I find myself guessing the conclusion of the metaphor when I hear like or as.The author does respect the reader's intelligence and attention. Everything isn't spoon fed. I like that. It's a big plus for me. Violence: No gore porn or torture. So far it is a light mystery, one death.I'll continue series.

  • Dr T
    2019-03-16 12:14

    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, building on the first book in this series. A pleasant read, but clearly not among the top ranks of mystery fiction.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-25 09:31

    Great police procedural based in British Columbia

  • Rita Winkeler
    2019-02-27 06:02

    First of a series that I have read. Going back to read them from book 1. Interesting, easy to read, and enjoyable. Recommend.

  • Allen
    2019-03-20 12:29

    An enjoyable mystery series with believable characters and settings.

  • Carol C
    2019-03-01 07:18

    Another BC cop mysteryI liked this story, maybe a little more polished than the first one of the series.I'm looking forward to #3.

  • Corinne
    2019-02-24 08:02

    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
    2019-03-17 07:10

    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, Probationary Constable Molly Smith. When the two start checking with the people who knew the dead girl, they learn that this isn't a simple case of drug overdose. Something else is going on, but until they discover the girl's true identity, it's going to be very difficult indeed to find out just what that something is. While they're knocking on doors and asking questions, Lucky Smith has appointed herself the child's foster mother, and Winters' wife Eliza is being courted by a controversial new resort's owners to become the face of the place.It had been over a year since I'd read the first book in Vicki Delany's Molly Smith series, and I wondered how quickly I would fall back into the setting and how well I would remember the characters and their backgrounds. I should not have wondered. From the first page, I fell back into Trafalgar as if I'd never left. Never once did I furrow my brow in an attempt to remember a character. As anyone knows who reads a lot of mystery series, this can be a rather rare occurrence. For me to have such excellent recall after a long period of time means one thing: Vicki Delany is an excellent writer who knows how to create memorable characters and settings. (Actually it means two things, the second being that I shouldn't allow so much time to elapse between books in such a good series!)I like the fact that John Winters has a good feeling about Molly and takes the time to work with her and to be a mentor. His experience is going to help her make the right choices in the future. Another (very) refreshing fact about Winters is that he can work with Molly and not lust after her which often seems to be obligatory on both page and screen. Actually, he's even more remarkable because he's happily married to a beautiful woman who's been at the very top of the modeling profession. John and Eliza have been able to have such disparate careers and a very close and loving relationship for years.Molly is still learning as a police officer, and still grieving for her dead fiance. She doesn't have a car, and she still lives with her parents-- two hippies who came to Canada in the 1970s to evade the draft. (However, I think Molly's living arrangements will be changing soon after reading this book!) Her parents built a successful business and raised two children, but their once close relationship is changing. Molly's dad seems to have mellowed a bit over the years while Molly's mother, Lucky, is every bit the protesting firebrand she was as a teenager. One of the many things that will keep me reading this series is the relationship between Molly's parents.I've talked a lot about the characters in this book, and that's because they're so well drawn that I feel as if I know them all. But a mystery cannot be a good mystery unless it has a plot to match the setting and the characters, and Valley of the Lost does. With the reveal of a few early clues, I thought I had figured out the background of the dead girl. I was nowhere close-- and I like that. The plot line involving the resort and its owners had its own surprises, and I love how it ties in with other aspects of the plot.If you're a fan of memorable settings, fascinating characters, plots that keep you guessing, and you tell me that you've never read one of Vicki Delany's Molly Smith books, I have only one question for you...What are you waiting for? Track these books down and start reading them. You're in for a treat!

  • John Kenny
    2019-03-14 07:20

    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, Lucky, finds a dead woman and a live baby in the woods behind the Women’s Support Centre, where she works. Molly and Winters set about trying to track down the identity of the mysterious woman, known only as “Ashley”. Then they need to find out why she was murdered and by whom. Meanwhile Lucky takes charge of the squalling infant until his real family can be found. It’s yet another strain in the difficult relationship between mother and daughter.Valley of the Lost is beautifully written. The characters are rich and complex. The descriptions of the Kootenay region of British Columbia are so vivid you can practically smell the pine needles and feel the cool shade of the trees. Anyone who has ever spent time in a small community will appreciate Delany’s depiction of the complicated small town dynamics.Delany avoids sensational action, but holds the reader’s interest with the tense relationships between her characters and the detailed if sometimes plodding process of a realistic police investigation. The story gradually builds momentum and comes to a rollicking conclusion. My only criticisms are that the dialogue sometimes becomes a bit expository and there are a few more typos than I would expect in a commercially published work.

  • Philip
    2019-03-20 07:15

    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 Winters' mystery. Perhaps Molly gets top billing in a subsequent book? There are just too many disconnects and leads not followed that would be completely impossible not to pursue in a proper police investigation to lend any credibility to this story. Do none of the police services on either side of the border talk to each other? Why didn't the RCMP have a huge role in this investigation? While Jody Burke's role was obvious to me from her first appearance nobody even bothered to check her out until she was dropped so heavily on Winter's that any dummy could have seen her part. This has happened in other Vicki Delany books like "Murder At Lost Dog Lake" where I identified the perp in the first chapter when he was introduced and nobody twigged to him until the wrap up. The writing, settings and atmosphere are equally as good as in other Vicki Delany books and therefor I'll read more of her books but I won't be in a huge rush to read more of this series. I hope she has some more in the "Christmas Year Round" series soon and I wish she'd give us some more Fiona McGillivray in the Klondike!

  • Melissa
    2019-03-08 12:08

    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."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 increasingly personal for Probationary Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters. Only two things are known about the dead woman: her first name is Ashley, and she has a three-month-old baby boy. Who was she? And was this is just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinister at play? Smith's mother, Lucky, has taken in the orphaned baby: does he hold the key to solving his motheras murder? Meanwhile, Winter's wife, Eliza, is considering accepting a modeling contract with the same resort development that seems to be ripping the close-knit community apart. Has the controversial project pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?"

  • Terralyn Brown Barfield
    2019-03-22 12:14

    3 1/2 *sWell worth reading.

  • Eva
    2019-02-27 08:12

    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. Angry at her overbearing, and suspicious manner, Lucky calls on her friends to help her. It's a delightful display of friendship as they outfox her.Trafalgar is a lovely small town, but the search takes Molly through its darker side. Child abuse, prostitution, drug abuse, and those who pretend to help while actually preying on the victims, Molly must face these realities while staying focused on solving the case.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-03-22 06:08

    Valley of the Lost, by Vicki Delany, b-plus, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.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 shouldbe an open-and-shut drug case, restraint marks on the victim suggest that the death might not have been completely accidental.Constable Molly Smith andSergeant John Winters know little more than the dead woman's name. Who was she? Was this just a drug deal gone wrong, or is there something more sinisterat play? Does her orphaned baby boy hold the key to solving his mother's murder?Meanwhile, a controversial resort development is ripping apart their close-knitcommunity. Has the disagreement pushed a member of this quiet community to murder?

  • Debbie
    2019-02-26 12:25

    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, but beloved by everyone in the book. Of course her instincts prove to be completely right. The book takes a long time to get started and the writing is only so so.The characters and setting seem to evoke the location.

  • Susan
    2019-02-21 04:29

    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 and the contrast between the idyllic setting and the pressures of contemporary life make for an engaging read.

  • Val Sanford
    2019-03-08 06:23

    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 is also coming to terms with her own doubts and demons. It's a fun romp through the Rockies, eh?

  • Donna
    2019-03-11 11:03

    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 that I plan to read book three immediately after having read the first two. Great entertainment. So happy that I discovered this author.

  • Tina Siegel
    2019-03-04 06:04

    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 against the stalker herself. Otherwise, pretty good. I think I may save the rest of the Molly Smith books for winter. Something tells me they'll be perfect to read in front of the fire.

  • Francine
    2019-03-10 08:17

    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 engaging in this book than the previous one. It was also nice to meet again with many characters of the first book. Looking forward to book three.

  • Sheila
    2019-03-13 10:11

    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. Intrigue follows as the police try to discover who the young mother actually was as everyone only knew her by her first name and who killed her.

  • Susan
    2019-03-11 04:08

    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 parents with the rules of the police department.

  • Deborah Coates
    2019-03-03 11:19

    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 dog walking. I'll likely read the next one in the series.

  • Richard Becker
    2019-03-22 08:25

    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, counseling, and greed angles were well done.

  • Midori
    2019-03-19 10:30

    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
    2019-03-22 11:16

    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.

  • Val
    2019-03-02 04:30

    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.