Its a cold and rainy September for Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired constable Alan Nesbitt, when Dorothy decides they should go to sunny Penzance. She has an ulterior motive. Alan first began his career in Penzance, and its the scene of his greatest disappointment. One of his first cases concerned a young girl whose body washed up on the shore. She was never identified and the cause of death was uncertain, although Alan was sure it was murder. Dorothy hopes that now the long ago crime can be solved.

The holiday gets off to a fun start and Dorothy and Alan enjoy the company of their fellow hotel guests. However, within days, another body washes up on shore. Neither Alan nor Dorothy believe in coincidence and are determined to solve both crimes, past and present.

A delightful traditional mystery coupled with the gentle, mature romance in TO PERISH IN PENZANCE makes for an enjoyable story. Dorothy Martin will charm you. (Nov., 240 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg