Unreasonable Doubt

Unreasonable Doubt

A Constable Molly Smith Novel

Book - 2016
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"Another brisk whodunit in a beautiful western Canadian setting with an appealing protagonist in Molly, whose personal life gets as much attention as her professional one." -- Booklist on the previous Constable Molly Smith mystery, Under Cold Stone .

What would it be like to return to your hometown after twenty-five years in prison for a crime you have maintained you did not commit? And why would you?

Walter Desmond is back in Trafalgar, British Columbia, having been officially exonerated when new evidence showed corruption at worst, incompetence at best, by the Trafalgar City Police conducting the investigation. His pitbull attorney is seeking five million in damages from the provincial government. But Walt has not returned to Trafalgar to pursue money or revenge. He just wants to know the why of it.

The family of the murdered girl, Sophia D'Angelo, is bitterly determined to see Walt returned to prison - or dead. But for Trafalgar's police, including Sergeant John Winters and Constable Molly Smith, the reality is: if Walter didn't kill Sophia, someone else did.

So, case reopened. It lands on Winters' desk. The records are moldering. One investigating officer is dead, the other is retired - and not talking. The police are instructed to treat Walt as if he'd never been arrested or convicted. Someone else apparently killed Sophia, someone still walking free.

But too many minds remain closed. It's good luck for Walt that a group of women in town for the dragon boat race are staying in the B&B where he's booked, women with no local prejudices. But then a townswoman, then a boat woman, are attacked by a rapist, the media gets active, and tempers dangerously flare.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ :, Poisoned Pen Press,, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781464205132
Branch Call Number: MYS Dela
Characteristics: 255 pages

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sandra80
Aug 22, 2017

I love this series. It makes it more interesting because it takes place close to home, but I love the characters and have read this series in order from the beginning. Can't wait for the next book and think I'll try some of her other novels while I wait.

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rb3221
Jul 22, 2017

Molly Smith and John Winters are the key characters in this novel about Walt Desmond who was wrongly conflicted of a murder and served 25 years in prison. Why would her return to Trafalgar, the scene of the crime? He just wants to know why. But can Winters and Smith solve this cold case after 25 years?
I liked the ending along with the surprise about Lucky Smith's personal life. A highly enjoyable read and recommended.

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dontbugmeimreading
Apr 30, 2016

This one caught my eye because it takes place in my home province of BC. I didn't realize that it was part of a series (book 8) until I was hooked. Will look for more by this author.

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peggy_15
Feb 24, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much. I've read the series, in order and I think with each book she develops or matures the characters. I was disappointed in the ending but that didn't take away my pleasure in the process.

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