The English Channel island of Alderney provides the setting for Dams’s charming 18th Dorothy Martin mystery (after 2015’s Blood Will Tell). Dorothy, an American who has long lived in England, and her husband, retired policeman Alan Nesbitt, start their vacation on Alderney with a hike. On a cliff path, they find the body of William Abercrombie, a retired American cleric who was wildly popular at the local church where he volunteered. Strangely, a few people loathed the very sight of him. Though the police call the event an accident, is it possible he was pushed? Dorothy, an inveterate snoop, naturally wants to know more, and the reluctance of some people to talk doesn’t stop her from questioning them. The imperturbable Alan adds a little gravitas and is careful not to become embroiled in Dorothy’s frequent whining. Alderney’s scenic beauty contrasts nicely with the villain’s dark background and evil plans. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron Agency. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/15/2016 Release date: 10/01/2016 Genre: Fiction
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