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Publisher's Summary

In the Shadow of the Glacier introduces a new traditional mystery series set in a bucolic mountain town in British Columbia and featuring young constable Molly Smith.

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

Smith throws herself into solving the case, in part to build her career on the force and to win the approval of her parents. She is also hoping to impress her new supervisor, Sergeant John Winters, newly arrived from the city of Vancouver, who has brought along his own set of personal problems.

©2007 Vicki Delany (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[An] intriguing series opener....Delany carefully sets up the conflicts, resolving most but not all in anticipation of the next assignment, and begins what looks to be some extensive character development." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Quirky Start To A Mystery Series

The story for this first book in a new to me mystery series was good. I really liked the strong sense of place Delany created depicting British Columbia and the small town setting of the book. The characters were unusual and held my interest. I wouldn't call it actually charming, but it was a good start.

The problem for me was with the narration. It almost ruined the book. The whiny ten year old child's high pitched voice used for almost all of the female characters was just one half step away from terrible. A waste because I will probably pass on the rest of the series. I would suggest a serious listen to the sample before buying the book.

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Left in the cold

I am an avid reader/listener but have never written a review until now. This book was so unfortunate it required comment. The writer shows some promise but has no life experience or perhaps has just not done her homework. The characters aren't charmingly odd but rather flat and predictable. The main character is too foolish to be taken seriously as a police officer. She comes off as something of an idiot rather than the disarmingly naive new constable the writer is attempting to portray.

Quite often a good narrator can elevate a story but in this case the reader/narrator has selected a tone and cadence for the female characters that makes them sound as if they are 10 years old and not particularly bright. I usually enjoy a good village mystery with quirky characters but this one left me cold.

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Quite Charming

As a rabid fan of Louise Penny's Three Pines books, I was drawn to this because of its setting in a small Canadian village. Though the similarities are mostly superficial, I found myself thoroughly won over by the characters. The storyline is entertaining, though not particularly surprising. I was surprised by how slyly this book drew me into its atmosphere. A fine start to a charming new series.

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Awful, Awful book

Wow, this book was bad, I didn't even go past part two. I listened to better writing in my English 101 classes in collage. The descriptions where as basic and uncreative as anything I've ever read and the characters were clich? after clich? . . . the weight lifter was big and dumb, the small town reporter was naive, the big city reporter was smart but bad . . . and the worst character of all is the main character. A shy, easily embarrassed, whimpering woman police officer with no backbone (no department in the world would ever hire her). It was so irritating to even listen to I go angry just thinking about what the author was thinking about when writing this book. Apparently everyone in Canada (in this book, anyway) is kind of slow and/or uber liberal.

The Narrator sounds like Howard Kosel and the voices she uses make everyone sound like they are 10 years old. I've listened to about 3 dozen books now and this one was the worst.

Seriously, awful!

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New for me

Vicki Delany was a new author for me and I must say I enjoyed these books very much. I only wished that they had been numbered so that I had read them in order not that it mattered with the particular murder but the thread running through the books would have been more understandable. I find this often with books in a series especially when you don't have that had copy of the inside of the book showing the titles and the order in which they were published. Still that aside the books are great the story line interesting and the reading excellent.

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The book is O.K., but the narrator is awful!

Perhaps the bad reviews of this book are a product of the most unfortunate narrating I've ever heard on an audiobook. As one reviewer says, she makes everyone sound 10 years old--no, SHE sounds 10 years old! No inflection, no nuances. Why on earth did anyone hire her to read books? If there is a sequel to this book, please, please, get one of the many narrators who can actually narrate!

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Mildly disappointed

I have read many of the authors books with pleasure and this one did not seem to be on the same level as the other series she has done. It was a little creepy. One thing I did not like at all was the swearing. It’s unnecessary and there are still people in the world (like me) who find it offensive.

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Total Waste of Time

Canadians are really great people, but this author presents these people as naïve, stupid, country bumpkins, who do and say completely stupid things. This was a total waste of my time, and even though I bought the second book, I will not waste my time listening to it.

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Listened to as much as I could tolerate....

I really find it annoying when characters (especially protagonists) act stupidly. A good writer should be able to move the plot along without using that as a device. Narration ok, except that too many of the female characters sounded exactly the same.

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Very Entertaining

This is a well written realistic mystery. The characters are believable and engaging. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Enjoyable First Book

I enjoyed this mystery. It has a very nice lead in Molly Smith and the mystery itself was good. I did find the narrator a bit on the dull side but I intend to get the second book in the series. Was able to buy the book on special and it was worth the $5 spent.