Eleanor Trewynn, with her expertise dealing with people from around the world, gets asked by the Commonwealth Relations Office to assist in a secret conference in her Cornwall town between two students from Zimbabwe in Buried in the Country by Carola Dunn. Her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, after first having to look into the disappearance of a local solicitor, gets assigned to guard the same conference, keeping an eye out for spies of Ian Smith who might try to harm the conference and students. Then, when picking up one of the students from the train station, Megan notices a suspicious van following her, and despite shaking it off in the windy streets, she notices that it has reappeared at the hotel. This gives her and the detective sent by Scotland Yard, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend, two men to keep an eye on.
In trying to balance her jobs of being seconded to deal with the conference and monitoring the two suspicious men, Megan has her hands full. Then there is the missing solicitor.
The book starts a little slow but speeds up a lot in a wild car chase. I usually prefer detection in my cozy mysteries and not adventure, but this book combines both in a way that is really compelling.
I was excited to see that the author of the Daisy Dalrymple series is finally having her Cornwall series published on audio and didn’t pay attention to the fact that the first book to be released, this book, is the fourth in the series. The first will not be released until February 7. So I found myself a little behind in not knowing the background of the characters that the earlier books apparently established. I recommend that if you want to listen to this series, it probably will be better to wait for the release of Manna from Hades. Wanda McCaddon provides the narration of this book and does a good job.
Despite my concerns about the slow start and difficulty following the characters at times, I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it and give it four stars.
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