Today I’m participating in the Crime in Cornwall Great Escapes Blog Tour. In this post you’ll find information about
the book and author along with my review.
And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an eBook of this title and the first book in the series.
About the book . . .
Crime in Cornwall (British Book Tour Mysteries Series)
Synopsis . . . Patrick and Rita Stonning, Claire’s neighbors in Ashton-on-Tinch, dash down from London on weekends to host loud parties. They work in a publishing house and use their Ashton semi-detached home as a break from big city stress. Patrick arrives at Claire’s door distraught, reporting one of his partygoers, Olive Nott a best-selling author, dead. Claire discovers that not only is he dead, he’s been murdered. Patrick is suspected of the murder and has enough motive to satisfy the police. Nott wrote mysteries set in Cornwall and had planned to take his lucrative contracts to a competing company. His latest book dealt with smuggling in the caves of Cornwall. The police, including DI Mark Evans from the newly formed Major Investigations Team, wonder if he learned too much from his research. Claire takes her six tourists, most from America, to the Cornwall coast in search of sites of mystery novels and hears the opinions of the Cornish people on smuggling. She asks Patrick to meet her in Penzance to give a guest lecture on the smuggling in Oliver Nott’s novels. Claire finds Patrick self-aggrandizing and arrogant but doesn’t agree he would murder, and sets out to find the one responsible.
My review . . . Claire Barclay is an avid fan of British mystery novels and has parlayed that love into a dream job leading tours of mostly American mystery readers to the settings of classic series throughout England. In this second book of the series, she is about to embark on a carefully planned trip to Cornwall. But when bestselling thriller writer Oliver Nott is murdered in her next-door neighbor's garden, Claire's itinerary expands to include an exploration of the scene of Nott's forthcoming novel. Is it possible that the book's setting is somehow related to the author's death? Nott--a known egotist who caused jealousy and hatred in his personal life, leaving lovers in his wake--was also a thorough researcher. Was his untimely demise the result of a spurned lover's or business rival's revenge, or might he have stumbled upon something in his research that someone would prefer remain hidden?
DI Mark Evans is once again the lead investigator on the case. As he works his way through the list of suspects in his official capacity, his personal relationship with Claire heats up. The line between business and pleasure is difficult to maintain, and as the two grow closer, they must tread mindfully as circumstances unfold.
In Crime in Cornwall, Emma Dakin continues to weave a story around the lively cast of Hampshire villagers and relatives introduced in Hazards of Hampshire, while adding the excitement of a different geographical setting and new group of tourists. And Claire's most loyal sidekicks--her sister Deidre, beloved King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Gulliver, and love interest Mark--remain at her side.
Installments in this cozy series are appealing to armchair travelers, Anglophiles, and classic mystery lovers alike. Dakin's use of local language, incorporation of historic details, descriptions of landmarks, and mention of mystery authors and series are added attractions. And for those who like to plan their trips in advance, Dakin leaves us with a hint of the location of Claire's next adventure--a tour of Yorkshire Dales. I'm more than ready to tag along.
Giveaway . . . Enter the Crime in Cornwall Giveaway for the chance to win eBook copies of both books in the series (Hazards in Hampshire and Crime in Cornwall) by clicking on this link.
About the author . . .
Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She has over twenty-five trade published books of mystery and adventure for teens and middle-grade children and non-fiction for teens and adults.
Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to cozy mysteries now keep her writing about characters who live and work in those villages. She introduces readers to the problems that disturb that idyllic setting.
Author links . . .
Purchase links . . .
Tour Participants . . .
November 9 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – GUEST POST
November 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 10 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
November 11 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
November 11 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 12 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 13 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
November 14 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 16 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
November 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 17 – Mysteries with Character -AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 17 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 18 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
November 19 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 19 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 21 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
November 22 – I Read What You Write– CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 22 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
This Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. It cannot be republished without attribution.