A Killer in King’s Cove – Iona Whishaw
Title: A Killer in King’s Cove
Series: Lane Winslow Mysteries
Author: Iona Whishaw
Author Location: Vancouver, BC
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication Date: 2016
Back Cover Copy:
It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels like she may finally be able to put her past to rest.
But then a body is discovered, the victim of murder, and although she works alongside the town’s inspectors Darling and Ames to discover who might have possibly have motivation to kill, she unknowingly casts doubt on herself. As the investigation reveals facts that she has desperately tried to keep a secret, it threatens to pull her into a vortex of even greater losses than the ones she has already endured.
I love reading mysteries for the absurd number of twists and turns the story takes, and then, at the end when you know what happens, it feels like you knew (or should have known) all along who the bad guy was. A Killer in King’s Cove did not disappoint. I lost count of how many times my jaw dropped in response to the many twists this Lane Winslow mystery has, and I changed my guess about who did it at least four times.
Although the book started off slowly, the latter half more than made up for it. With about a quarter of the book left I literally could not put it down because I just had to finish it and know what happened. I really felt like I knew the main character (Lane Winslow), and I felt genuine concern when she was put in dangerous situations.
My favourite part about this book is definitely how the switching perspective was handled. As a reader, you get a really good sense of Lane’s character, but also of many key characters in the story through flash back chapters and alternate points of view. I thought it was fascinating to read from the victim’s perspective before he died, and to get the inside scoop on how the police investigators really felt about their main suspect.
The ending (by this I mean the very last chapter, not the conclusion of the mystery plot), although quite tame, was probably the most shocking. I won’t give anything away, but the thing I thought would happen didn’t. I still wish it did, but the scene was handled gracefully and with a certain air of assumption and unfinished business that it could very well happen later. (I hope it does!)
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