CRIME IN CORNWALL
SERIES: British Book Tour Mysteries #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Camel Press
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2020
Claire Barclay’s peace is abruptly disturbed by the plea from her annoying neighbor to deal with a body in his garden. Patrick, a London publisher, is not her favourite person, but she doesn’t believe, as the police do, that he killed his high-earning author.
She operates a tour service for tourists and mystery novels, not murdered authors. But her reluctant sense of justice demands action.
The clouds I’d been worried about yesterday developed into a mist—not quite rain, not thick enough to be fog, but a trailing film that obscured the view. I took the A39 highway to join the A30 and piloted the van through the gray morning until Penzance. There, we finally broke through into sunshine. A tall palm tree at the side of the highway proclaimed that, truly, this was the warmest spot in the British Isles.
“Hah!” Holly said from her place in the front seat. “A tropical paradise.”
“If the rain holds off,” Lena said. “Jane” suited her much better than” Lena”, but Lena was how I first knew her and how I thought about her.
“Should do,” Sharon said, “if it’s going to live up to its hype.”
I had opted for speed rather than scenery, so we didn’t see much of the ocean until we were approaching Penzance. The A30 puts us directly onto the shore of Mount’s Bay.
“Look,” Holly was the first to see the impressive sight. “That’s St. Michael’s Mount.”
Rising like a mythical castle from the sea, St. Michael’s Mount combined history and magic. It looked like an illustration in a book of fairy tales. There was even a thin wisp of mist at its base to enhance the ethereal atmosphere.
“There’s a causeway, isn’t there?” Grace asked. “We can walk to it.”
“At low tide. I’ll get the tide table, and we can talk about the best time to see it. I scheduled that for tomorrow.” Everyone should explore St. Michael’s Mount. It was an experience not to be missed. But once seen, I didn’t find it interesting enough for a repeat visit. I usually sent my tourists unaccompanied.
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.
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