cover image The Bath Conspiracy

The Bath Conspiracy

Jeanne M. Dams. Severn, $28.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-9250-8

Dams’s pleasant 24th outing for retired American schoolteacher Dorothy Martin (after 2020’s Death Comes to Durham) takes Dorothy and her British husband, Alan Nesbit, a retired police officer, from their home in Sherebury to Bath as part of her birthday celebration. The couple visit cathedrals, abbeys, museums, Stonehenge, and the Roman baths. At each stop, they hit the gift shop and inventory the geegaws and expensive reproductions of historic artifacts on display. This comes in handy when the police find a box in their car containing an odd assortment of items—from postcards to gold jewelry—stolen from the various gift shops. Fortunately, a friendly police inspector recognizes their innocence and welcomes their assistance in tracking down the real culprit. Dorothy, with her two artificial knees, is often in need of naps and long sit-downs, but is still able to ferret out clues. Readers should be prepared for a slight plot with minimal detection. Anglophiles, especially those like Dorothy and Alan “who are no longer young,” will have fun. [em]Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron Assoc. (June) [/em]