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SUMMARY Õ The Valley of the Shadow ´ A cryptic message spurs Eleanor Megan and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family in The Valley of the Shadow a Cornish Mystery from Carola DunnWhile out on a walk Eleanor Trewynn her niece Megan and her neighbor Nick spot a young half drowned Indian man floating in the water Delirious A cryptic message spurs Eleanor Megan and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family in The Valley of the Shadow a Cornish Mystery from Carola DunnWhile out on a walk Eleanor Trewynn her niece Megan and her neighbor Nick spot a young half drowned Indian man floating in the w. EXCERPT They walked on until the path petered out into terraces and steps of slate The abrupt edge was two or three feet above the smooth tops of the swells that surged onward to meet the stream in swirls of foam Clumps of thrift the flowerheads brown now clung in crevices here and there A grey and white herring gull launched itself into the air and joined its fellows circling overhead their raucous screams cutting through the constant yet ever changing sounds of moving water High above floated a buzzard Gorgeous said MeganGood enough Nick fiddled with his camera's settings peered through and fiddled some Megan jumped down a slate step Eleanor sat on it the sun warm on her back What's that Nick lowered the camera and pointed Eleanor peered wishing she had brought binoculars Something dark bobbed in the water A sealNo Megan's voice rang harsh It's a man And if he's not already dead he soon will beABOUT THIS BOOK While out on a walk Eleanor Trewynn her niece Megan and her neighbor Nick spot a young half drowned Indian man floating in the water Delirious and concussed he utters a cryptic message about his family being trapped in a cave and his mother dying The young man unconscious and unable to help is whisked away to a hospital while a desperate effort is mounted find the missing family in timeThe local police inspector presumes that they are refugees from East Africa abandoned by the smugglers who brought them into England so while the Cornwall countryside is being scoured for the family Eleanor herself descends into a dangerous den of smugglers in a desperate search to find the man responsible while there is still timeMY THOUGHTS I uite enjoyed this cosy mystery by Carola Dunn set in Cornwall I usually prefer my reading somewhat darker but I am a sucker for anything set in Cornwall And while this may be classed as a 'cosy' it is not at all twee like I have found some of them to be I enjoyed Eleanor's character and the mystery is a good solid one Plot development is steady and the characters are well rounded I would read of this series although I have tried another of this author's books and didn't find it particularly satisfying Although this is #3 in a series this book worked perfectly well as a stand alone 5 starsTHE AUTHOR Carola Dunn is the author of than 30 Regency romances as well as 16 mysteries the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s Ms Dunn was born and grew up in England where she got a BA in Russian and French from Manchester University She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California After 30 years in the US she says she still sounds as if she arrived a month agoPrior to writing Ms Dunn’s various jobs included market research child care construction from foundation trenches to roofing and writing definitions for a dictionary of science and technology She wrote her first novel in 1979 a Regency which she sold to Warner BooksNow living in Eugene Oregon Ms Dunn has a son in California who has just made her a grandmother and a large black dog named Willow who takes her for a walk by the Willamette River each morningDISCLOSURE I listened to the audiobook version of Valley of the Shadow by Carola Dunn narrated by Wanda McCaddon and published by Blackstone Audio via Overdrive All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own opinionsFor an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscomThis and other reviews are also published on my webpage

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Ater Delirious and concussed he utters a cryptic message about his family being trapped in a cave and his mother dying The young man unconscious and unable to help is whisked away to a hospital while a desperate effort is mounted find the missing family in timeThe local police inspector presumes. This mystery is so cozy it doesn’t even have a murder Although there are definitely victims bodies floating in the sea and a villain the crime itself is entangled with the British foreign policies of the 1960s or perhaps ’70s – the author herself is unclear on her datesThe entire root for the crime is an immigration issue When the British Empire began to crumble in the ’60s many African states previously under the British rule declared independence British citizens were expelled The white Brits returned to England Unfortunately many East Indians also worked for the British in Africa and held British passports They were expelled too of course but the British government denied them the rights to settle in England Those people had nowhere else to go No other country India included would grant them citizenship With British passports but no entry visas many of them had no choice but vagrancy Others opted for some illegal ways into the country And of course where the law is so inhuman it has to be broken a number of greedy felons enter the fray Human smuggling money and racism intertwine in unholy combinations creating the background for this storyMost of the characters investigating the crime are familiar to the readers from the previous novels of the series Our old acuaintances include Eleanor an absent minded retired lady who forgets to lock her doors but always remembers people and faces and her niece Megan a sergeant with the Cornish Police There is also Megan’s boss the grumpy DI Scumble and Eleanor’s assorted friends and neighbors Together they solve the crime perpetrated before the novel started but I won’t relay the details here to avoid spoilers I would also point out that it’s not necessary to read the other novels of the series to appreciate this one; it stands firmly on its own The action is rather lagging despite the urgency of the victims’ situation Too many unnecessary chats tea cups and other trifling aspects are woven into the tale like red herrings so the readers always wonder together with the heroes is this man important Will this woman play a role later in the story Some of those hints even pay off eventually while others peter to nothing As always in Carola Dunn’s novels I found a number of delightful British collouialisms some new to me others not but all worth repeatingFascia – a board over a shop frontHoick – to rise or raise something abruptly and sharplyGimbal – a device see the technical explanation elsewhereLoad of codswallop – nonsense lots of itOn the whole – an easy entertaining read although nothing special

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The Valley of the ShadowThat they are refugees from East Africa abandoned by the smugglers who brought them into England so while the Cornwall countryside is being scoured for the family Eleanor herself descends into a dangerous den of smugglers in a desperate search to find the man responsible while there is still ti. I enjoyed this one Eleanor Trewynn has retired and moved to a small town Her niece Megan is a police detective which is absolutely NOT the norm for the time frame While walking Eleanor's dog Eleanor Megan and Nick Eleanor' neighbor and an artist see a body in the water Megan pulls him out The mystery Who is he He is Indian and there are not very many in the area He manages a few words before he passes out