Malice in Cornwall
by Graham Thomas
An Erskine Powell Mystery, No. 2
ISBN: 0804116563 - Paperback
British Police Procedural -
Reviewed by Brenda
Graham Thomas lives
in British Columbia. Malice in Cornwall is his second mystery; it follows
Malice in the Highlands.
The mystery begins with
Detective Sergeant William Black (Bill) showing his wife the new talent
he has acquired from taking literary classes. Always known for his good
memory, Bill has begun uttering literary quotes; his wife finds it irritating.
When Bill quotes the Hound of Baskervilles to him concerning their latest
case, Chief Superintendent Powell is impressed. Their latest case is a
creature resembling the Hound of Baskervilles running amuck in a Cornish
fishing village. It's a body, yet it isn't. It's grizzy looking and glows
in the dark. It seems to wash up on the beach then disappears. It's all
very odd, almost ghostly.
The gentlemen find themselves
dealing with an obnoxious Innkeeper, some secretive villagers, and a nosy
reporter. Powell, whose wife is in Canada for the summer, takes an interest
in the reporter. The lovely lady seems to be willing to work with him
as well, as long as she gets her story. As the mystery moves, they discover
there is an unsolved mystery from years ago. This leads them to some village
secrets and grave danger. As each villager is introduced into the storyline
a new suspect arises - a great set up.
The storyline bounces
between the gentlemen's personal lives and the mystery. Powell is pretty
much your typical Chief Superintendent. He also enjoys Indian cuisine
and pretty women. Bill makes a perfect sidekick - continually learning
and always entertaining. Although I can't pinpoint any exact spoilers
at this moment, I do recommend that readers start with the first in the
series. It's well worth it.