The Valley of the Shadow: A Cornish Mystery [NOOK Book]

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A cryptic message spurs Eleanor, Megan, and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family, in The Valley of the Shadow, a Cornish Mystery from Carola Dunn.

While out on a walk, Eleanor Trewynn, her niece Megan, and her neighbor Nick spot a young, half-drowned Indian man floating in the water. Delirious and concussed, he utters a cryptic message about his family being trapped in a cave and his mother dying. The young man, unconscious and unable to help, is ...

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Overview

A cryptic message spurs Eleanor, Megan, and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family, in The Valley of the Shadow, a Cornish Mystery from Carola Dunn.

While out on a walk, Eleanor Trewynn, her niece Megan, and her neighbor Nick spot a young, half-drowned Indian man floating in the water. Delirious and concussed, he utters a cryptic message about his family being trapped in a cave and his mother dying. The young man, unconscious and unable to help, is whisked away to a hospital while a desperate effort is mounted find the missing family in time.

The local police inspector presumes that they are refugees from East Africa, abandoned by the smugglers who brought them into England, so while the Cornwall countryside is being scoured for the family, Eleanor herself descends into a dangerous den of smugglers in a desperate search to find the man responsible while there is still time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The wider world comes to the Cornish village of Port Mabyn in Dunn’s meandering third mystery featuring doughty widow Eleanor Trewynn (after 2010’s A Colourful Death). While out walking by the ocean with her dog, Teazle; her detective sergeant niece, Megan Pencarrow; and neighbor Nick Gresham, Eleanor spots a drowning Indian man, whom Megan saves. In the absence of any identifying documents on the man, who lapses into unconsciousness, Megan’s boss, Detective Inspector Scrumble, suspects that he’s an East African trying to illegally enter the country after learning of the end of Britain’s open-door policy for former colonials. There may be other refugees, moreover, in distress along Cornwall’s rugged shores. Dunn lives up to her reputation for cozies that take on serious stuff, allowing her ragtag bunch of investigators to unearth a story with roots deep in international politics, but would have kept her tale livelier with tighter plotting. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
A Cornish cliff walk involves some impromptu investigators in a life-and-death situation. Aunt Nell (née Eleanor Trewynn), her dog Teazle, her niece DS Megan Pencarrow and their artist friend Nick Gresham have taken advantage of a lovely day to walk near a rocky beach when they spot a body floating in the water. Nell goes for help while Megan and Nick struggle to get the barely living man out of the water. Unexpected help arrives in the form of young hikers Chaz and Julia. The half-drowned Indian just manages to tell Megan that his family is trapped in a cave before he passes out and is sent off to the hospital. Nell, who lived in many remote areas before retiring, guesses that the family must be refugees from East Africa. Most Indians who lived there are being turfed out in an Africanization plan. Despite carrying British passports, they've been refused entry to Britain. A desperate search is launched to discover which of the many caves in the area is hiding the family, who seem to have been smuggled in and then left to die. Aunt Nell's charity work in the area gives her an in with so many locals that she manages to learn about several possibilities, and Megan's boss, DI Scumble, is so determined to catch the smugglers that he grudgingly accepts Nell's help. As it turns out, the things they learn put them in danger that they can't foresee. Dunn's third Cornish adventure (Manna From Hades, 2009, etc.) offers strong female characters, a double helping of tension and the revival of some largely forgotten history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250015884
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Series: Cornish Mystery Series, #3
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 281,524
  • File size: 785 KB

Meet the Author

Carola Dunn

CAROLA DUNN is the author of numerous books, including Manna from Hades and A Colourful Death, the two previous books featuring Eleanor Trewynnm. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.


CAROLA DUNN is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple, including Sheer Folly, Gone West and Heirs to the Body, as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    this is the third story in the cornish series by this author.

    this is the third story in the cornish series by this author. smugglers have brought a family to England and then left them in a cave with no one to help them to leave it. one young man tries to swim out and is found and saved by megan and nick. he is taken to hospital and utters a few sentences that lead the policwe to try and find the cave he mentions and the family left there. the story follows the investigation and the eventual finding of these people. fast moving and intriguing to read.

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