Negative Image: A Constable Molly Smith Novel
Poisoned Pen Press (2010)
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (06/10)
This is a good standalone book. “Negative Image” is the fourth book in the Molly Smith series, but it’s the first book of the series that I’ve read and I found no problem with enjoying the adventure by itself.
Molly is almost a background character in this one; assigned to trying to solve a series of robberies that have recently been plaguing the town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. In addition to working on this crime spree, Molly is also experiencing a huge amount of personal stress. Her dad is in the hospital because of a bad fall, and her boyfriend, Adam Tocek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, seems to be itching to pick a fight with anyone who picks on “his girl.” Add in a thug with a grudge who blames Molly for all his problems and it’s easy to see why the constable third class has her hands full.
While Molly Smith’s problems add some excitement to the book, the real drama rests on the shoulders of Sergeant John Winters. A once-famous fashion photographer has been found murdered, and an eyewitness account indicates that Winters’ fashion model wife, Eliza, might be the last person who saw him alive. Though he’s removed from the case because of his wife’s alleged involvement, Winters finds that in helping Molly with her B&E (Breaking and Entering) investigation, he is constantly led back to the murder. Is there more to these random robberies than meets the eye? Winters plans to find out.
When the sergeant isn’t burying himself in his work, he’s faced with a different, and tougher, challenge. How well does he really know the woman he calls his wife? They say everyone is capable of murder under the right circumstances, and the right circumstance could be resting in Winters pocket. Could his wife really be a killer? Dark secrets and a forgotten past push the strength of their love to its limits.
“Negative Image” is a great read for anyone who enjoys thrillers. The pace is steady, the characters come to life on the page, and the mysteries will have you racing towards the end to see how everything turns out.