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by Iona Whishaw
TouchWood Editions, October 2016
432 pages
$16.95 CAD
ISBN: 1771511982

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At the age of 26, Lane Winslow already feels she needs a reset in her life. She leaves war-torn England, where she had worked as an undercover intelligence officer in the Second World War, and moves to Canada. On a whim, she picks British Columbia after seeing a travel poster, settling in the bucolic countryside of King's Cove. She had hoped to put much distance between herself and her former life, fleeing not only her previous line of work but wartime death and heartbreak.

But it's never that easy to put the past behind. Before she's even settled into her new home, a man's body is found in a creek behind the house, and all the evidence seems to point to Lane as the killer. He seemingly has ties to Lane, although she's never met him. Trying to puzzle out why someone would try to frame her, Lane sets out to catch the killer. Although her wartime job had been to run messages behind enemy lines, the enemy this time appears to be closer—and more shadowy.

In this debut book, the first of a promised series, author Iona Whishaw brings to life a rural country town from the 1940s—from the small post office that is gossip central to garden tea parties. She's given Lane a potential love interest, the well-named Inspector Darling, and created an engaging, quirky cast of characters in the countryside who, some more reluctantly than others, welcome Lane into their circle. The final revelations are not very surprising, but the trip to King's Cove is so entertaining that you don't mind much. Despite Lane's promise to Inspector Darling to not cause any more mayhem in town, we sort of hope she does!

§ Lourdes Venard is an independent editor who divides her time between New York and Maui.

Reviewed by Lourdes Venard, February 2017

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