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TouchWood Editions Spring 2021

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    Distributor: Heritage Group Distribution Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Mar 30, 2021 On Sale Date: Apr 27, 2021 Carton Quantity: 20 $16.95 CAD
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A Lethal Lesson
A Lane Winslow Mystery
By (author): Iona Whishaw



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Apr 27, 2021
$16.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 in

Page Count:

448 pages
TouchWood Editions
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives|Crime and mystery: cosy mystery|Crime and mystery: women sleuths|Historical fiction|British Columbia Interior: Kootenays|20th century, c 1900 to c 1999
British Columbia

An Indigo Top 10 Best Mystery of 2021
A Globe and Mail bestseller
#1 Bestselling New Release in Canada

Lane Winslow trades crime solving for substitute teaching in the eighth installment of this mystery series that Kirkus Reviews calls “riveting”.

Back home in the Kootenays after her Arizona honeymoon, Lane offers her assistance when neither the outgoing teacher, Rose, nor her replacement, Wendy, show up at the local schoolhouse one blizzardy Monday in December. But when she finds the teachers' cottage ransacked with Rose unconscious and bleeding, and Wendy missing, Lane delivers Rose to the hospital in Nelson and turns the case over to her exasperated husband, Inspector Darling, and his capable colleagues, Sergeant Ames and Constable Terrell.

Never one to leave a post unmanned, Lane enlists as substitute teacher for the final two weeks before the Christmas holidays, during which time she discovers a threatening note in the teachers' desk and a revolver in the supply cupboard. But these clues only convolute the case further. Who has been tormenting these women, and where has Wendy gone?

Meanwhile, Darling finds the body of a hit-and-run victim in a snowbank miles outside of Nelson, the residents of King's Cove are preoccupied by the possibility of a new neighbour, and Sergeant Ames is as confused as ever by the inimitable Tina Van Eyck.

Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com.

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 (past participant), Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts (past participant), Words on the Water, Galiano Literary Festival (past participant), Elephant Mountain Literary Festival (past participant), Victoria Writers Festival (past participant), North Shore Writers’ Festival, Calgary Word Fest, International Festival of Authors, Kingston Lit Festival, Women Killing It (past participant), Tucson Festival of the Book (past participant)
  • Paid advertising in Library Bound, United Library Services, Shelf Awareness
  • Direct marketing to librarians at Baker and Taylor
  • Direct marketing outreach to librarians and booksellers using 500+ email addresses collected via giveaways for previous titles in this series
  • Endorsements forthcoming
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 COVID-safe / virtual speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and COVID-safe / virtual festivals
  • Electronic and possible print ARCs
  • COVID-safe / virtual festival appearances
Marketing + Promo Deliverables
  • Electronic ARC available January
  • Possible print ARCs
  • 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
  • FIC022100 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
BISAC Regional Themes:
  • British Columbia
BISAC Merchandising Themes:
  • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian
  • EV090 EVENT / Summer Vacation Reading
  • EV110 EVENT / Winter
  • HL010 HOLIDAY / Christmas
  • HL060 HOLIDAY / Father's Day
  • HL130 HOLIDAY / Mother's Day
  • TP090 TOPICAL / Women's Interest

For more information contact
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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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