The Valley of the Shadow, my third Cornish Mystery, comes out on December 11th from Minotaur, in hardcover, e-book (Kindle, Nook, and others), and Mystery Guild--large print and UK editions to come.
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...
“The sights and sounds of the coast of Cornwall come alive in The Valley of the Shadow. The rescue of a drowning Indian man leads to a race against time to rescue his family, trapped in the smugglers’ caves on the rocky shore. Feisty retiree Eleanor Trewynn enlists her fellow villagers in tracking down those responsible for abandoning the refugees — but will the smugglers find her first? Dunn gives us a thoroughly enjoyable, cozy suspense novel — one with a social conscience.” —Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
...the author introduces several village characters and draws the reader into the small, cozy world of Cornwall. The action moves in a leisurely manner but it kept me turning the pages. As the police-procedural aspect of the story kicks in, Eleanor and Megan make a good mother-daughter team. The denouement is both wild and funny, and the author ties up all the threads in a surprising but satisfactory ending. I loved this Author’s Note: “Port Mabyn is a fictional village in a fictional world lurking somewhere in the 1960s and ‘70s, between my childhood memories of Cornwall and the present reality. <snip> For information about the real Cornwall, I refer the reader to countless works of nonfiction, or, better still, I suggest a visit.” Pat Browning
You can see pictures of the setting here:
and read an excerpt here: