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An Old, Cold Grave: 3 Paperback – 17 October 2017

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An Old, Cold Grave (#3)

"A fascinating picture of a life in which many people spent every waking hour working and a disturbing look at the fate of orphaned children raise this mystery above the ordinary. " --Kirkus Reviews

"Lane Winslow, the intrepid sleuth of King's Cove, is back in her third adventure and, like the first two, it's a charmer. Once again, British Columbia's own Iona Whishaw's delightful modern gloss on the venerable British cozy provides a perfect weekend getaway . . . a cleverly plotted story with a delightful setting and amusing characters. Once again, Whishaw keeps us guessing to the end." --Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

"An Old, Cold Grave--Iona Whishaw's compelling third novel--gives us a gentle rural setting, a body in a root cellar, and, of course, Lane Winslow, the best new amateur sleuth to come along in quite some time. Plot, dialogue, and place: all the requisite elements for an award-winning novel." --Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews blog

"If you enjoy a puzzle set in a 1947, rural BC community, with dialogue that reaches into the soul and a sense of place that is integral to the mystery, then An Old, Cold Grave is a summer read for you . . . In short, sin, plot, dialogue and place: all the requisite elements for an award-winning novel. It's easy to imagine a fourth in this increasingly fine series." --Bay Observer

"This series, with a strong and likable female protagonist . . . continues to get better and better. The novels not only use the past as a setting, but there are lessons about history--and how the consequences of past actions always catch up, sooner or later, with those involved." --ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Praise for the Lane Winslow Mysteries

A Match Made for Murder (#7) is winner of the 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award

The 'find of the year', Iona Whishaw's Lane Winslow series is a real treat. Set after WWII, Lane has left England for Canada . . . settling in the small village of King's Cove. With a quaint cast of characters and the feel of Louise Penny's Three Pines, the independence and quick wit of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher and the intelligence of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs, this mystery series has it all! --Murder by the Book, Texas

Relentlessly exciting from start to finish. --Kirkus Reviews

Whishaw deftly intertwines plot and psychology, giving readers insight not only into Lane's crime-solving strategies, but the perspectives and lives of her neighbors. The series also follows Lane's inner journey, from complicated family history to postwar trauma to the beginning of new love. Well plotted and laced with dry wit, Lane's adventures are entirely satisfying summer reading. --Shelf Awareness

Iona Whishaw is a writer to watch. --Globe and Mail

There's no question you should read it--it's excellent. --Toronto Star

"Iona Whishaw's writing is worthy of taking its place alongside the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers. . . deftly crafted and briskly paced." --Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker's Gift

Another fantastic entry in the unique and compelling Lane Winslow series! --Anna Lee Huber, author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

"I absolutely love the modern sensibility of these novels, of their feminism, sense of justice, their anti-racism, their progressiveness, which somehow never seems out of place in a tiny BC hamlet in 1948. . . But it's never preachy or pedantic, and Whishaw continues to use her murder mysteries to explore the limitations on women's lives and freedom that were contemporary to the period, and which are not yet so far away in the rear view mirror." --Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes and Waiting for a Star to Fall

Complex, suspenseful, and deeply felt, this is a smart series for the ages. --Francine Mathews, author of the Nantucket Mysteries

Exquisitely written, psychologically deft. --Linda Svendsen, author of Sussex Drive

Iona Whishaw has again raised the bar . . . This is seriously good storytelling. --Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews

In the vein of Louise Penny . . . a compelling series that combines a cozy setting, spy intrigue storylines, and police procedural elements--not an easy task, but one that Whishaw pulls off. --Reviewing the Evidence

The setting is fresh and the cast endearing. --CrimeReads

An enthralling mystery. --Historical Novel Society

This series . . . continues to get better and better. --Reviewing the Evidence

A simply riveting read by a master of the genre. --Wisconsin Bookwatch

A series that's guaranteed to please. --Mercer Island Books, Washington

Full of history, mystery, and a glorious BC setting . . . a wonderful series. --Sleuth of Baker Street, Ontario

About the Author

Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather both worked as wartime spies. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. Find out more at ionawhishaw.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Touchwood Editions (17 October 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1771512407
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1771512404
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 3.18 x 19.05 cm
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Iona Whishaw was born in 1948 to English parents in British Columbia and brought up in Mexico and the US. She worked as a youth worker, taught high school and served for 16 years as a high school administrator in Vancouver, Canada. She earned a Masters of Arts degree in creative writing from UBC and was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction in Education award and a Canada's Top Principals award. Her first work was a children's book, Henry and the Cow Problem, and because she has loved mysteries since her early love affair with Nancy Drew, she has recently embarked on a well-reviewed period mystery series beginning with A Killer In King's Cove and Death In The Darkening Mist. The books are set in 1946 in a charming backwater community in BC that the author lived in as a child. It is a community that cannot, alas, escape the press of the wider darker forces of the world and the effects of the war they have just come through. Her main character is based to no small extent on her own mother who engaged in espionage during WW2, and provided a life of travel and high adventure for her daughter.

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