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About A Deceptive Devotion by Iona Whishaw

Wedding bells, a grisly murder, and a defecting Russian spy bring drama to King’s Cove in the newest Lane Winslow mystery.

A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess for Countess Orlova, an elderly Russian woman who has tracked her missing brother to the Nelson area. Nelson PD investigates, but then the murder of a lone hunter in the hills above King’s Cove takes top priority.

Darling works the case with a Constable Oxley–a newcomer to the area, assigned in Constable Ames’ temporary absence–and a British agent contacts Lane to warn her to be on the lookout for a fleeing Russian defector. Bound by the Wartime Secrets Act, Lane is conflicted about keeping the information from Darling, especially when it begins to put a strain on their relationship.


Review of A Deceptive Devotion

In A Deceptive Devotion, we get to know a little more about Lane’s spy experience during WWII. Her experience in almost becoming a double agent on the Russian side will explode into a very dangerous situation for the people of King’s Cove. Whishaw artfully throws in some WWII history and Russian culture while breaking down the details of the investigation of the murder of a local hunter.

At the same time, the elderly Countess Orlova shows up looking for her brother, which leads to another investigation.

Is the timing of the murder and the arrival of the Countess a coincidence. What do you think?

Constable Ames, Darling’s very capable sidekick, manages to get a foot into the investigation even as he studies to finish his sergeant’s course in Vancouver. Ames is such an exceptional (and often humorous) counterpart to Darling, he is becoming a favorite character and much more than a sidekick.

I do love this series. Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling make a skilled detective team.  And they’re cute!  I also like the setting in western Canada, giving this American a slightly different perspective on post WWII North America. The series takes place in a small town, so you want to think cozy mystery. It is not. These are series crimes, serious motives and serious consequences.

WWII historical fiction seems to be quite popular these days, so it is hard to know what to pick up and read.  Trust me, A Deceptive Devotion is a good one!

The publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



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