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Manna from Hades: A Cornish Mystery

Carola Dunn, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-37945-2

Set in Cornwall “somewhere in the 1960s and '70s” (per an author note), this lively first in a new cozy series from British veteran Dunn (Death at Wentwater Court ) introduces Eleanor Trewynn, a plucky widow who runs a charity shop in the village of Port Mabyn. Eleanor gets entangled in a murder investigation after she and her curious dog, Teazle, happen on a dead body of what first appears to be a tramp in the shop storeroom. Eleanor exasperates Detective Inspector Scumble as her less than perfect memory trickles out details of her discovery. Scumble, whose partner is on sick leave, doesn't relish pursuing the case with Eleanor's determined niece, Det. Sgt. Megan Pencarrow, who has to continually prove herself to the gruff, old-school inspector. Adept at showing character through witty dialogue, Dunn paints an amusing picture of a small town that readers will want to visit again soon. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/12/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
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