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Negative Image: 03/02/21
Negative Image by Vicki Delany is the fourth Constable Molly Smith mystery. A photographer is found shot to death in a hotel and John Winters's wife Eliza is the primary suspect. The damning evidence is a thirty year old photograph of her.
As with the previous books in the series, Molly is preoccupied with a secondary mystery — a series of robberies. How the B&Es are related to each other is key to solving the murder. It's a fun puzzle, tricky but not impossible to solve.
On the personal front, Molly is hit from two fronts. Her stalker is turning violent. Her father is in hospital. On the work front there's a rumor going around that she and Detective Winters are having an affair. There's a lot to take in but it all comes together into a satisfying mystery and more broadly, a compelling novel.
The fifth book is Among the Departed (2011).