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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vicki Delany Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Constable Molly Smith Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781470801823
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Fifteen years ago, a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to the house of her best friend, Nicky Nowak, for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Nowak went for a walk.

He was never seen again.

Autumn has arrived on the mountains above Trafalgar, British Columbia, Canada, and the promise of winter is in the air. Constable Molly Smith is cuddled by the fireplace with Adam Tocek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when Tocek and his dog, Norman, are called to a wilderness camping ground to join the search for a little boy who sneaked away from his family looking for bears. The child is found, dirty, terrified, and weeping but unharmed. Then the inquisitive Norman digs up something else: human bones.

The ID isn’t positive, but it is enough to have Sergeant John Winters of the Trafalgar City Police pulling old boxes from the basement to reopen the Brian Nowak investigation. He finds a family shattered beyond recognition by Brian’s disappearance. Mrs. Nowak is an empty shell of a woman, dressed in pajamas, never leaving the house. Her son, Kyle, haunts the streets of Trafalgar at night and spends his days creating beautiful but highly troubling art. Nicky Nowak lives in Vancouver and has grown up to be gorgeous, charming, elegant. Yet behind that façade lies a woman whose heart has closed so tightly against human relationships that she comes to Trafalgar trailing in her wake a terrifying threat to another innocent family.

As the investigation into the life and disappearance of Brian Nowak grows, old secrets are brought to light and new ones struggle to remain hidden.

Among the Departed is more than a mystery novel: it is also a story of love—love new and old, long-concealed, life-affirming, and fatal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hits a new high…Energized writing that enriches the storyline triggers our imagination to enter the lives of the characters Delany has so skillfully crafted…Among the Departed is mystery fiction that uses the genre as a creative tool for story telling that touches the spirit.”

    Hamilton Spectator

  • “By using western Canada as her setting, Delany gives us a breathtaking vista, in which she places her deceptively minimalist plots. Her exceptional ability to create characters, both realistic and sometimes creepy, makes this another terrific addition to her outstanding body of work.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The beautiful setting nicely frames this village police procedural, which boasts well-delineated characters and combines police investigation with the life of cops on the beat.”

    Booklist

  • “Delany invigorates the cozy genre with an unsparing look at love in all its variations, including coming to terms with it the second time around.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/6/2013

    " Fifth in the series featuring Constable Molly Smith of Trafalgar BC, this book kept my attention beyond when I intended to go to bed. Not my favorite of the series, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/27/2013

    " Takes place in Canada - the Mounties are coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/15/2013

    " Family drama. Molly and her Mom dealing with dad's death in last book. Main mystery is Molly's childhood friend's Dad's body being found 15 years later. Missing young teenage girl. Great mix of family dynamics in a small town. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy B. Burford | 11/21/2012

    " A cast of interesting characters take us through various events and uncover the deep dark secret of a local family, in Trafalgar, B.C. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 7/7/2012

    " Vicki Delany has crafted another excellent village mystery. Small town secrets abound and Constable Molly Smith must look to her past in order to solve a cold case. Great characters and plot twists galore make this a very satisfying read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Bidulka | 3/23/2012

    " Vicki is one of Canada's best mystery authors. Read this to find out why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/16/2011

    " Nicely written. This is my first by this author and I enjoyed the characters and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 10/23/2011

    " Yes, it's a mystery about a man's skeleton discovered 15 years after he disappeared, but really that's the excuse to explore a small Canadian town outside of Vancouver (BC) and the law officers that keep the peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Hooper | 8/4/2011

    " Love this series found on Overdrive. Enjoy the characters and solid mysteries. Now I'm dying to visit Nelson BC. Can't wait for more. Have to start on Vicki Delaney's Klondike series for my Delany fix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 5/14/2011

    " Fifth in the series featuring Constable Molly Smith of Trafalgar BC, this book kept my attention beyond when I intended to go to bed. Not my favorite of the series, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 2/24/2011

    " Vicki Delany has crafted another excellent village mystery. Small town secrets abound and Constable Molly Smith must look to her past in order to solve a cold case. Great characters and plot twists galore make this a very satisfying read!!! "

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About the Author
Author Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised mostly in Ontario. She attended Carleton University, majoring in modern history. She later left a job as a systems analyst to settle in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the author of the Klondike mysteries, the Constable Molly Smith mysteries, several stand-alone novels, and a blog about the writing life. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Capital Crime Writers and is on the board of Wolfe Island’s Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.