Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Valley of the Shadow

by Carola

My third Cornish Mystery comes out in a couple of weeks in hardcover from St Martin's Minotaur. The Valley of the Shadow already has some nice reviews and has been picked for the Independent Bookstores Great Reads list for December.

Eleanor Trewynn is a widow who worked all over the world before retiring to a Cornish fishing village. Her retirement has turned out rather more exciting than she expected.

In The Valley of the Shadow, she and her Westie, her next-door neighbour Nick, and her niece Megan, a police detective  go for a walk down a narrow valley opening between cliffs to the sea.In the inlet a man floats, barely alive when Megan and Nick manage to haul him from the water. He's an Indian. He mumbles incoherent words which suggest his family is trapped in a cave somewhere and his mother is dying.

The hunt begins for the family--if they exist--and for the heartless villain who left them to die.

These are pics of Rocky Valley, on the North Coast of Cornwall, which inspired the beginning of the story:

(The cover art is more suggestive of Falmouth, where the story ends.)

The first two books in the series are Manna from Hades (just out in paperback) and A Colourful Death. All available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favourite independent bookstore.

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