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published: Apr 2021
publisher: TouchWood Editions

It Begins in Betrayal

by Iona Whishaw, read by Marilla Wex

tagged: women sleuths, historical

Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award

The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”

Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about the death of a rear gunner under his command in 1943.

In Darling’s absence, Ames oversees the investigation into the suspicious death of a local elderly woman and uncovers a painful betrayal inflicted forty years earlier. Meanwhile, Lane follows Darling to London, where he is charged with murder and faces hanging. While desperately seeking answers, Lane is presented with a proposal that could save the man she loves, but only if she returns to the very life she sought to leave behind.

About the Authors

Iona Whishaw

Marilla Wex

Contributor Notes

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.

  • Short-listed, Lefty Award
Editorial Review

“If you’re after historical crime with a strong backbone but also an air of genteel cosiness about it, then the Lane Winslow series by Iona Whishaw is just right for you.” —Crime Fiction Lover

“If you like strong historical mysteries with great characters, make sure to add this one to your summer reading list.” —Reviewing the Evidence

“Brilliant! Absolutely in the spirit of Dorothy Sayers’ Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey mysteries, but smart and fresh in its own right. For lovers of cozy mysteries and British police procedurals—there’s even a murder investigation in which evidence includes fragments of a broken tea set—this title will not disappoint... The writing was wonderful, the plotting rock-solid, and I adored these characters. Can’t wait to delve into the backlist and discover what I’ve been missing.” —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

“Good plot and fun characters keep this series fresh.” —Globe and Mail

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