The Shores’ sleuth is back!
It’s Christmas at The Shores. There’s no snow yet, but there are so many outdoor lights that the tiny coastal village can be seen from space. Apart from Ian Simmons’ place, and he was considered odd, there was only one house in the village that wasn’t lit up. It had been dark for years. That was about to change. Wild Rose Cottage was about to come to life, and death, once again. Meanwhile, the villagers wished for snow to complete the Christmas portrait. When it came, they would regret it.
With the snow comes the body of newcomer, Fitz Fitsimmons, a former acrobat turned bully and drunk. Mountie Jane Jamieson has seen murder here before, but none where she’d rather not catch the killer. She has to decide whether Fitz fell during a flip – or was pushed, so that his chain became tangled in a tree limb. Either is possible. Jamieson does a lot of questioning, but no one’s talking, all protecting each other.
Review by Margaret Cannon in the Globe and Mail, Dec 2012
Mountie Jane Jamison returns in this delightful Christmas confection set in The Shores, that lovely fiction spot just off the coast of Prince Edward Island. There's no snow yet but there is murder and it is one that Jamison would just as soon not solve. The dead man was a bully and a thug. The suspects are all people once victimized by him and include women and kids. As she sifts the clues, she finds herself hoping for a Christmas miracle: that his death will turn into an accident. This one is great fun.