Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award
The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”
Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about the death of a rear gunner under his command in 1943.
In Darling’s absence, Ames oversees the investigation into the suspicious death of a local elderly woman and uncovers a painful betrayal inflicted forty years earlier. Meanwhile, Lane follows Darling to London, where he is charged with murder and faces hanging. While desperately seeking answers, Lane is presented with a proposal that could save the man she loves, but only if she returns to the very life she sought to leave behind.
I am in love. . . brilliant! Absolutely in the spirit of Dorothy Sayers’ Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey mysteries, but smart and fresh in its own right. For lovers of cozy mysteries and British police procedurals—there’s even a murder investigation in which evidence includes fragments of a broken tea set—this title will not disappoint.
Relentlessly exciting from start to finish.
If you are looking for a great historical mystery, look no further. The latest outing in Ms. Whishaw’s Lane Winslow series fits the bill. . . . To say Lane Winslow is a strong, independent woman is putting it mildly. It is such fun to read a story in a historical setting where the lead is a smart woman who is two steps ahead of the men. Lane doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, and is fiercely determined to protect those that she loves. . . . It Begins in Betrayal has it all. An enjoyable book to add to your summer reading list!
One of the finest mysteries I’ve read in some time. . . If you read but one mystery in 2018, choose It Begins in Betrayal.
"The characters in this series are well-drawn and the moving back and forth between the past . . . and the current drama in her chosen new life are well handled. . . . If you are a fan of British mysteries, as I am, you will love this series." —Lee Trentadue, owner of Galiano Island Books
Action-packed and emotionally charged from the prologue to the climax . . . it just doesn't get much better than this.
Iona Whishaw has written a mystery with a wonderful sense of time and place in It Begins in Betrayal. The characters are alive and vibrant, the settings realistic, and the plot will pull you along.
I devoured it . . . I couldn't believe I'd waited so long to start reading [this series] . . . if you like British style mysteries with a strong female character you will absolutely love this one.
If you’re after historical crime with a strong backbone but also an air of genteel cosiness about it, then the Lane Winslow series by Iona Whishaw is just right for you.
It Begins in Betrayal has a wonderfully complex plot with threads that eventually resolve most satisfactorily. The post-war time period is particularly interesting and well captured.