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 Dunn.
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 time.
The 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 time.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
British countryside mysteries are my favorite. Carola Dunn's characters are likeable and distinct. Her writing style is very appealing, easily read and very entertaining. It's a cozy on the couch with a blanket read on a wet or snowy afternoon.
This book is the third in a series. I haven't read the first two, but I don't feel that I missed out on all that much by not reading them. Just a bit of back-story.
Eleanor always seems to be where the action is. Or at least where something foul is afoot. She doesn't mean to be, it just happens. And when it does she feels compelled to do whatever she can to help. Despite local authorities not enjoying that help. So when a man is rescued from a dangerous bay, and tells of his family trapped in the nearby caves, once again, Eleanor has to find out what happens, before something terrible befalls the family.
Eleanor was not as much of a focus as I expected her to be in the book. Her niece actually plays a slightly larger role. They're both great characters. They have their own personalities and are strong and independent. I think that the men were actually a bit weaker. They all had some kind of flaw or dis-likable quality. But that also made them more...
Although my favorite of Dunn's writing is the Daisy Dalrymple series, this is also an interesting and enjoyable read. I can relate to the main character of this series and the setting of Cornwall adds to the plot. I hope the author continues both series.
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