It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled in King's Cove, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the idyllic interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels like she may finally be able to put her past to rest.
But then a body is discovered, the victim of murder, and although she works alongside the town’s inspectors Darling and Ames to discover who might possibly have motivation to kill, she casts doubt on herself. As the investigation reveals facts that she has desperately tried to keep a secret, it threatens to pull her into a vortex of even greater losses than the ones she has already endured.
A clever postwar mystery that will appeal to fan of historical mysteries with women sleuths like the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear or the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd.
About the Author
Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather both worked as spies in wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This intriguing mystery series from Iona Whishaw introduces readers to savvy Lane Winslow. She's a British ex-intelligence officer who has just relocated to King's Cove to write and enjoy the quiet of the Canadian countryside. Lane wants to forget the heartbreak of her past and put her nightmares to rest, but her plans are derailed when a body is found near her property. A simple coincidence turns into a conspiracy to frame Lane when a note in his pocket links the victim to her. Over the course of the novel, Lane defends her innocence against the enigmatic Inspector Frederick Darling and works to find the killer before he strikes again. I love how the story takes a broad view of events. Readers are privy to multiple character perspectives and introduced to a vibrant cast of realistic and eccentric individuals. Spanning continents and decades, personal histories are revealed as Lane gets to the bottom of this mystery. The spark of interest between the Inspector and Lane adds a note of budding romance that I can't wait to see developed throughout the series. The plot is delightfully complex and keeps you reading and looking for answers. Lane Winslow is obviously a super sleuth to be reckoned with! *Review copy provided in consideration for review*