A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery by Iona WhishawA Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery by Iona Whishaw

A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery

byIona Whishaw

Paperback | September 25, 2018

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In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls "terrific," Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King's Cove.

Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving Lane at a loss. What series of events brought him to this grisly fate?

Darling and Ames are quick to pick up the case, but leads are few until Angela's young son finds an unsettling clue on the beach—a bright red swastika lapel pin—that points to the National Unity Party of Canada. When the anonymous man succumbs to his injuries, Darling and Lane are thrown headlong into a murder investigation with ties to the old country.

Fans of Maisie Dobbs, Bess Crawford, and the ever-popular Kopp Sisters will be enchanted by Lane Winslow, a clever, no-nonsense sleuth based on the author's own mother, who was a wartime spy.

Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com.
Title:A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.1 inPublished:September 25, 2018Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177151289X

ISBN - 13:9781771512893

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic series! I love cozy mysteries - it is by far my favourite genre, first sparked by reading Agatha Christie. So I was thrilled when I stumbled upon Iona Whishaw’s books. A Canadian, post-WW2, feminist, cozy mystery series? Yes, please! When the opportunity came to read an ARC of the next book A Sorrowful Sanctuary, I was beyond thrilled. Thank you Touchwood Editions! A Sorrowful Sanctuary is the fifth book in the series. Lane, a fiercely independent, former British spy has settled into her new life in rural King’s Cove, British Columbia. She has a beautiful cottage, lovely neighbours and a killer view. Honestly - just reading about it makes me incredibly jealous. I would love to live in a place like that. Minus the murders, of course. Lane has a tendency to stumble upon dead bodies, which inevitably brings her into contact with Inspector Darling. Cue the sparks! Whishaw’s writing is excellent. The plots are complex and the characters show great emotional depth. The stories also prove to be great history lessons too - I definitely don’t know enough about the late ’40’s in Canada. It’s fascinating stuff. Like most readers, I try to predict who the killer is in any mystery I read. I’ll admit, I suck at it most of the time. In this case, I was partly right - but there was a twist I totally didn’t see coming. I love when that happens. And then (AND THEN!) the ending had me practically cheering! You’ll have to read it to see what I mean. ;) I sincerely hope there is a sixth book in the series - I just can’t get enough.
Date published: 2018-08-07