A Cold White Sun is the 6th book in Vicki Delany's mystery series set in Trafalgar, British Columbia. Such a gorgeous setting. I listened to this book that is read by Carrington MacDuffie. She does a good job with the narration. But that setting - wow. I really need to visit British Columbia. I love mountains.
It's Spring Break time, late March, in Trafalgar and so the tourists are everywhere. Molly Smith, Constable with the Trafalgar Police Department, doesn't mind the tourists, but she knows that her job will be busy for the foreseeable future because of them. The week begins with a murder. A high school English teacher, Cathy Lindsay, is out walking her dog on a forest trail when she is shot in the back and killed. The leads are few. Detective Sergeant John Winters is on the case and he needs Molly's help to make inquiries among the victim's family, friends and co-workers.
Trafalgar is a small town that depends on skiers and hikers for their revenue stream. Nice teachers just don't get shot here, especially by sniper rifles. Was Cathy Lindsay the intended victim? Her husband is hiding a few things; her son has been in trouble; there's a co-worker who may or may not have had a relationship with Mrs. Lindsay; and not all her students were fans of hers. Winters and Smith have a lot to sort through.
Meanwhile, the ongoing story concerning Molly's mother, Lucky, and her potential relationship with Molly's boss, Paul Keller, continues. Also, John Winter's wife, Eliza, has a new employee at her art gallery that seems a little odd and perhaps unstable. And Molly herself is still a bit unsure about her feelings for RCMP Officer Adam Tocek. Trafalgar is a small town, but there are some big stories brewing. And even though it's Spring Break, the snow and ice are unrelenting.
I've liked this series so much. Through it, we've seen Molly grow into her position as a police officer. She's maturing in her ability to handle herself and has several opportunities to show that in this book. I have one more book to read before I am caught up. I'll be getting to it soon - Under Cold Stone. Can't wait!