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BOOK REVIEW: A Killer in King’s Cove

A Killer in King’s Cove by Iona Whishaw
Publication date: October 4th, 2016

I was very excited to receive a copy of this book in a publisher giveaway. The Lane Winslow Mysteries follows, of course, Lane Winslow, an ex- intelligence officer in a post WWII world. It’s 1946, and  Lane has left London to move to the quaint countryside of British Colombia. Little does she know that trouble has followed her. When a dead Englishman shows up, Lane starts looking like the #1 suspect. To prove her innocence, she must figure out what truly occurred and unmask the real killer.

What I Liked:

  • This book is the literary equivalent of a puzzle. It kept me guessing, as I struggled to fit the pieces together in time (I definitely didn’t though). I always enjoy a book that trips me up.
  • The cast of characters in this book is interesting, especially for a tiny town in the wilderness. Apparently, that brings all the unique ones running. I don’t know, I enjoyed all of them and I’m excited to see more of them in the rest of the series.
  • There’s a distinct lack of a thriller/suspense vibe, even though it’s a mystery. I, for one, appreciated this. Extremely suspense-driven plots stress me the hell out and keep me from truly enjoying a book. It also keeps me from reading more mysteries, since it’s a common plot device in the genre.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The plot is pretty slow building. I would even call it downright meandering sometimes. It picks up eventually, but it’s a little annoying.
  • Some of the language and wording threw me off since it takes place in the 1940’s, but you get used to how they talk pretty fast.


Overall, I’m really excited to see where this series goes. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this first book, I think this series has a lot of promise and I can’t wait to follow Lane and Darling around on more misadventures! I think this book is a good starting place for anyone who is interested in dipping their toes into the mystery genre. I can definitely see myself continuing with it, even if its solely for a change of pace.

3.5/5 stars

xoxo, Bree


*Thank you to TouchWood Editions for providing me with an eBook set of the Lane Winslow Mysteries series in exchange for an honest review (reviews?).*

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