Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Under Cold Stone: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery by Vicki Delany

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464202338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464202339

Book Description

 "A weekend getaway to the Rocky Mountains. A Scottish-inspired castle of carved stone, imposing turrets, liveried bellhops, and panoramic views. Perched on the verge of one of the world’s greatest wildernesses.

They’re an unlikely couple: Lucky Smith, passionate environmentalist, old-time hippy; Paul Keller Chief Constable of Trafalgar, British Columbia. This vacation is a chance to explore their fledging late-in-life relationship, to indulge themselves at the famous Banff Springs Hotel.

Trouble interferes when Lucky, strong-willed and sometimes too stubborn for her own good, stands up to two bullies in the local coffee shop. To his horror Paul recognizes one of the young men as his estranged son, Matt.

In the early hours of the following morning, a frantic Matt calls his father for help.  Lucky and Paul arrive to find a body on the apartment floor, but Matt has gone.

Matt Keller is an experienced wilderness adventurer. All signs indicate that he’s escaped into the backcountry. To RCMP Sergeant Eddie Blechta, running is all the proof of guilt he needs.

Paul Keller  can do nothing but watch the investigation from a distance, terrified that Blechta is right.

Lucky’s daughter, Constable Molly Smith of the Trafalgar City Police, abandons her chaotic Thanksgiving kitchen to offer her mom support. She has no intention of meddling in the police investigation, but when Matt’s sad, shy girlfriend, Tracey, asks for her help, Molly Smith finds herself not only interfering but putting herself on the wrong side of Edward Blechta.

And Molly Smith is as good in the wilderness as Matt Keller."

About the Author

 Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most varied and prolific crime writers. Under Cold Stone is the seventh in the popular Constable Molly Smith series, which began with In the Shadow of the Glacier. She also writes standalone novels of gothic suspense including More than Sorrow. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch. Visit her at

My Review

 I have really been enjoying this wonderful mystery series by Vicki Delany. The latest in the series, Under Cold Stone, is an excellent addition. I am enjoying the new location: Banff.  Banff is a gorgeous village located in Banff National Park. The Banff Springs Hotel and its adjoining golf course are located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world as is its neighbour, the Chateau Lake Louise.

I am still trying to decide if Molly quickly set out to Banff to be there for her mother or she just really didn't want to cook the turkey dinner! But yes, Molly raced off to Banff to join her mother and her mother's boyfriend (Molly's boss) in Banff when Chief Paul Keller's son is suspected of murdering one of his friends. While Paul and Molly really have no jurisdictional power in Banff they do what they can to assist the investigation.

There are plenty of surprises in this story to keep the reader intrigued.  I really enjoy the characters that Vicki Delany has created for this series. Trafalgar, B.C. (Nelson) is realistically portrayed as is Banff in this novel. This is a fabulous series. While I think that you should do yourself a favor and read the entire series, Under Cold Stone can also stand alone.

Highly recommend Under Cold Stone which will be released one month today.

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