A Killer in King’s Cove, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2016
I was tempted by this book due to a window display of this book series, and attracted to the idea of a local-ish setting for murder mystery. I determined which was the first book in the series, and treated myself to a new book for vacation. I was not disappointed.
The series features Lane Winslow, a former WWII covert operative from London who relocates to the Nelson, BC area to escape her past and start over. She settles in a small community in a lovely little house and farm, and hopes for a peaceful existence. Which of course wouldn’t make for much of a story, so a murder takes place. Along the lines of Miss Marple, Lane is not an official investigator, but her background for finding and assembling facts and working with suspicious characters in dangerous circumstances leads her to take on solving the murder, a position that puts her both at odds to and in alignment with the local police.
The small community has its share of characters good and bad, and Whishaw does an excellent job of telling enough of their stories to make them lifelike and familiar while not distracting from the murder mystery story. There is also good use of flashbacks to fill in some blanks about the characters, especially Lane and her drastic relocation, making that move both believable and justified. While there are a lot of clues to allow you to solve (or think you have) the mystery, the ultimately conclusion is creative and clever and satisfying.
I have high enough hopes for this series that I’ll read a few more later in the year, even though they won’t tick too many boxes. I really need to get on to some of those lesser categories soon or I will miss the goal by a large margin.
Fate: send to a friend.
1 – a book with a murder
7- an author’s debut
8 – a female author
25 – a new author to me