Manna from Hades (Cornish Mystery Series #1)
  • Manna from Hades (Cornish Mystery Series #1)
  • Manna from Hades (Cornish Mystery Series #1)

Manna from Hades (Cornish Mystery Series #1)

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by Carola Dunn
     
 

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"Welcome to Cornwall, beautiful land of Cornish pasties, cream teas, and murder."--Kirkus Reviews

Eleanor Trewynn, recently widowed, returns home from years of working overseas to retire to the cozy village of Port Maybn in Cornwall, England. Even in retirement though, she continues her charity work, leasing out the first floor of her house to a

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"Welcome to Cornwall, beautiful land of Cornish pasties, cream teas, and murder."--Kirkus Reviews

Eleanor Trewynn, recently widowed, returns home from years of working overseas to retire to the cozy village of Port Maybn in Cornwall, England. Even in retirement though, she continues her charity work, leasing out the first floor of her house to a charity shop. One morning as she opens the shop, she finds both a particularly valuable donation and a corpse stuffed into the storeroom. The donation is linked to a violent robbery in London but the corpse looks nothing like the robbers being sought by the police. With the help of her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, and, begrudgingly, Detective Inspector Scumble, Eleanor is determined to unscramble this confounding case of daring theft, double cross, and murder most foul.

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Publishers Weekly

Set in Cornwall "somewhere in the 1960s and '70s" (per an author note), this lively first in a new cozy series from British veteran Dunn (Death at Wentwater Court) introduces Eleanor Trewynn, a plucky widow who runs a charity shop in the village of Port Mabyn. Eleanor gets entangled in a murder investigation after she and her curious dog, Teazle, happen on a dead body of what first appears to be a tramp in the shop storeroom. Eleanor exasperates Detective Inspector Scumble as her less than perfect memory trickles out details of her discovery. Scumble, whose partner is on sick leave, doesn't relish pursuing the case with Eleanor's determined niece, Det. Sgt. Megan Pencarrow, who has to continually prove herself to the gruff, old-school inspector. Adept at showing character through witty dialogue, Dunn paints an amusing picture of a small town that readers will want to visit again soon. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Welcome to Cornwall, beautiful land of Cornish pasties, cream teas and murder. Eleanor Trewynn, aka Aunt Nell, lives in the village of Port Mabyn, where she collects donations for the local charity shop she founded. In her time, she was a world traveler who lived in some pretty dicey places. Now she and her terrier Teazle are leading a more peaceful life-that is until Teazle sniffs out the dead body of a scraggy youth in the thrift-shop storeroom. Eleanor is more pleasantly surprised when she finds a briefcase full of beautiful paste jewelry among her latest collection. Her niece, DS Megan Pencarrow, recently transferred from London, works the case with DI Scumble, whose choleric, misogynist disposition is not sweetened by the fact that Aunt Nell has a tendency to forget things. When the jewels turn out to be the real thing, stolen from a London jeweler, Megan's old boyfriend is sent over to help. As Scumble waxes more and more annoyed, Megan travels to a Bristol squat in hopes of identifying the corpse, and the dithering but self-sufficient Eleanor, slowly remembering bits and pieces with a little help from a neighboring artist (just the man for Megan!) and the vicar's formidable wife, stumbles upon the clues that will solve the case. Shades of Miss Marple. Dunn's departure from Daisy Dalrymple (Black Ship, 2008, etc.) is a serviceable modern-day version of the classic English village mystery.

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ISBN-13:
9781250014757
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Series:
Cornish Mystery Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
320,185
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.82(d)

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