A Cold White Sun

A Cold White Sun

A Constable Molly Smith Mystery

Book - 2013
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Cathy Lindsay--a middle-aged, middle-class, small town resident, high school English teacher, and married mother of two--is an unlikely candidate for a murderous ambush. As Sergeant John Winters begins his investigation, he finds himself frustrated at every turn. Why would anyone want to kill Cathy? She was a respected teacher in an apparently solid marriage and living a quiet life. Winters, with the help of young Constable Molly Smith, digs deep into the Lindsays' marriage and friendships, searching for a suspect and motive, but one thought continually arises in his mind: Is it possible this was a random killing or a case of mistaken identity? If so, who did it? And who in this small, close-knit community might be next? Meanwhile, on the double-black-diamond runs of the Blue Sky resort, Molly Smith meets a handsome, charming man, one who's as good a skier as she is, and she realizes it's time to make some serious decisions about the direction of her life--both personal and professional.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781464201585
1464201587
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 23. cm.

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sandra80
Jul 23, 2017

Read this series in order. Love the stories and the characters. Makes it more interesting that it is local.

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rb3221
Jul 16, 2017

Delany's best Molly Smith novel thus far showing her progress as a policewoman and part time wanna be detective working with the competent and likable John Winters.
The various sub plots are also a large part of this novel including Molly's feelings for Adam and ex-hippie Lucky Smith's feelings for Police Chief Paul Keller. The reader will discover how these relationships end? Overall this is a good well told story and a satisfying read with a good pace. Most enjoyed and appreciated if the series is read in order.

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gloryb
Mar 31, 2017

Canadian author but used an American publisher. Mystery story is set in a small town in the Kootenays during ski season. The author's main character is a young female constable working in her home town and still living with her mother, but is hoping to wed a fellow worker soon. Although her name is Molly Smith, her mother, a hippie when she was born, still calls her Moonlight. The novel certainly has a promising start with the murder of a local teacher out walking her dog. The author selects characters who have problems of some sort so she can use them as a diversionary tactic when the story needs to show the passing of time and to help her police characters follow clues. These characters are cliched, however - hubby with a mistress, ex-Afghanistan soldier with PTSD, a looney older mother who sees the son she gave up at birth in the town's male visitor, rebellious teenager in trouble with the police, cancer stricken murder suspect, an older hippie-environmentalist who falls for a police officer, land developers, strangers who are not who they say they are, popular young male teacher also good at athletics and a role model, etc. The author sprinkles her book with characters of all ages and uses a good balance of dialogue to description. While there seems to be a lot of conflict - actually, between all characters - the novel still has a good feel to it; all problems are resolved in the last chapter. A quick, predictable read reminiscent of those "made for TV mystery movies".

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ravensview
Mar 03, 2014

Local CCW author - one of 4 Ian recommended I read and review on Capital Literary Review. Murder in small town. Didn't grab me enough to finish it, but will look for first in series.

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occy
Jan 22, 2014

First Delany novel I've read and I really enjoyed the Molly Smith character. It also makes it more interesting with it being set in BC.

I now wish I'd read this series in the order they were published but I'm sure it won't spoil the read if I go back to the first one and start reading them in sequence.

LaughingOne Oct 25, 2013

love this series! the characters all seem real, lie people i know and love.

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