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Winter of Secrets: 01/19/21
Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany is the third Constable Molly Smith mystery. An unusually thick snowfall has the highways and streets clogged with accidents keeping Smith and the other constables busy. Her last call of the night is for a yellow SUV off the road and into the river. Two dead men are pulled recovered when the SUV is pulled from the water.
The two men are part of group of wealthy tourists from back east. The friends and parents of one of the dead men expect a swift release of the bodies. It was a tragic accident, right?
One body appears to have died in the river. The other, though, appears to have been already dead when the car went into the river. Constable Molly Smith who made the initial visit to let the friends know about the deaths is paired again with Detective Winters.
The first two books have rather convoluted plots with parallel mysteries adding up to one much larger crime. While there are two mysteries, a shoplifting spree, and the mysterious death, the two aren't as interconnected as previous volumes would lead one to expect. Thus I found this particular mystery pretty easy to solve, although the particulars of the timeline were as tricky for me as they were for Smith and Winters.
The fourth book is Negative Images (2010).