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TouchWood Editions Spring 2020

A Match Made for Murder
A Lane Winslow Mystery
By (author): Iona Whishaw
Iona Whishaw


TouchWood Editions



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Apr 28, 2020
$16.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 1 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

408 pages
TouchWood Editions
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Crime and mystery: cosy mystery|Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives|Historical crime and mysteries|Crime and mystery: women sleuths|Historical fiction|c 1940 to c 1949|c 1938 to c 1946 (World War Two period)|Mother’s Day|Christmas|Seasonal interest: Spring|Seasonal interest: Summer
Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2021, Winner

Winner of the 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award

"An intriguing mix of character, plot, time, and place. Highly recommended." —Ian Hamilton, author of the bestselling Ava Lee novels

Lane and Darling's Arizona honeymoon is interrupted by gunshots in the newest installment in a series Kirkus Reviews calls "relentlessly exciting."

It's November, and Lane and Darling have escaped the chilly autumn in the Kootenays for a honeymoon at the posh and romantic Santa Cruz Inn in sunny Tucson, Arizona. But despite her very best intentions to relax, soon after their arrival Lane's plans to spend the holiday poolside with a good mystery are interrupted by gunfire. One of the hotel's wealthy guests has been shot point blank and Lane is second on the scene.

Though Lane and Darling attempt to distance themselves from the investigation, the longer they stay at the Santa Cruz Inn, the deeper they are drawn into a web of suspects and bystanders, and a collection of seemingly perfect marriages fraught with jealousy and violence. The situation threatens first their honeymoon and then their lives when Lane puts herself directly in the sights of local criminals who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Back in Nelson, Sergeant Ames has been left in charge of the department during Darling's absence. As he investigates a case of vandalism at the Van Eyck garage, it seems to lead directly to the death of the suspected vandal himself. Working with Constable Terrell, the new recruit, to piece together what happened in this strange and unsettling murder, Ames finds his romantic interest in mechanic Tina Van Eyck creates complications that are more than awkward; they could be deadly.

Fans of Maisie Dobbs and the Kopp sisters will delight in the latest Lane Winslow, a study of matrimony and mirage in the American Southwest.

Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She is the award-winning author of the Globe and Mail bestselling Lane Winslow Mystery series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband.

Media + Publicity:
  • Baseline media outreach to Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness, Booklist, Book Page, The Book Report, Globe and Mail, Library Journal, Vancouver Sun, The Bay Observer, Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, London Free Press, 49th Shelf, CBC Books, CBC’s On the Coast, CBC’s North by Northwest, CBC’s Ontario Morning, the Simi Sara Show
  • Outreach to mystery review blogs such as The Hidden Staircase, Kerry Clare’s Pickle Me This, Literary Hoarders, Leigh’s Bookish Life, Historical Novels Review, Reviewing the Evidence, Crime Reads, Crime Fiction Lover etc…
  • Pitches to national and regional festivals: Vancouver Writers Fest, Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Words on the Water, Galiano Literary Festival, Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, Victoria Writers Festival, North Shore Writers’ Festival, Calgary Word Fest, International Festival of Authors, Kingston Lit Festival, Women Killing It, Tucson Festival of the Book
  • Paid advertising in Book Riot, BookBub, Library Bound, United Library Services
  • Direct marketing to 500+ librarians via Baker & Taylor flier mailout
  • Direct marketing outreach to librarians and booksellers using 500+ email addresses collected via giveaways for previous titles in this series
  • Endorsement forthcoming from Catriona McPherson, author of the Dandy Gilver Mysteries and the Lexy Campbell Mysteries
Marketing + Promo:
  • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
  • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Electronic and print ARCs
  • Festival appearances
Marketing + Promo Deliverables
  • Print ARC available January
  • Electronic ARC
  • Display banner (table-top)
  • Display banner (large)
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Bookmark
  • Poster
BISAC Codes:
  • FIC022060 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • FIC022040 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
BISAC Regional Themes
  • British Columbia
BISAC Merchandising Themes
  • TP090 TOPICAL / Women's Interest
THEMA Subject Codes
  • FFS Crime & mystery: women sleuths
  • FFJ Crime & mystery: cosy mystery
  • FV Historical fiction
  • FFD Crime & mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives
THEMA Place Qualifiers
  • 1KBB-US-WMAT Tucson
  • 1KBC-CA-BDK British Columbia Interior: Kootenays
THEMA Reading Level Qualifiers
  • 3MP 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999

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Praise for the Lane Winslow Mysteries

  • "The ‘find of the year', Iona Whishaw's Lane Winslow series is a real treat. Set after WWII, Lane has left England for Canada . . . settling in the small village of King's Cove. With a quaint cast of characters and the feel of Louise Penny's Three Pines, the independence and quick wit of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher and the intelligence of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs, this mystery series has it all!" —Murder by the Book, Texas
  • "Relentlessly exciting from start to finish." —Kirkus Reviews
  • "An engrossing tale of murder, Russian assassins, British spies and local Canadian constabulary" —Shelf Awareness
  • "Iona Whishaw is a writer to watch." —Globe and Mail
  • "There's no question you should read it—it's excellent." —Toronto Star
  • "Another fantastic entry in the unique and compelling Lane Winslow series!" —Anna Lee Huber, author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
  • "Most excellent . . . It's always a pleasure to return to King's Cove and be swept away by another Lane Winslow tale." —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes
  • "Complex, suspenseful, and deeply felt, this is a smart series for the ages." —Francine Mathews, author of the Nantucket Mysteries
  • "Exquisitely written, psychologically deft." —Linda Svendsen, author of Sussex Drive
  • "Iona Whishaw has again raised the bar . . . This is seriously good storytelling." —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews
  • "In the vein of Louise Penny . . . a compelling series that combines a cozy setting, spy intrigue storylines, and police procedural elements—not an easy task, but one that Whishaw pulls off." —Reviewing the Evidence
  • "The setting is fresh and the cast endearing." —CrimeReads
  • "An enthralling mystery." —Historical Novel Society
  • "This series . . . continues to get better and better." —Reviewing the Evidence
  • "A simply riveting read by a master of the genre." —Wisconsin Bookwatch
  • "A series that's guaranteed to please." —Mercer Island Books, Washington
  • "Full of history, mystery, and a glorious bc setting . . . a wonderful series." —Sleuth of Baker Street, Ontario

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