Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “To Perish In Penzance (Dorothy Martin, #7)” as Want to Read:
To Perish In Penzance (Dorothy Martin, #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

To Perish In Penzance (Dorothy Martin #7)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  17 reviews
She was about twenty, with long blond hair, and her body was found a few days after she fell from the cliffs to her death on the rocks below. The action of the water and sea life made circulating a picture of her impossible, but even with a description, no one identified her; no one reported a girl gone missing from any of the nearby villages. She'd been fashionably dresse ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Walker And Company (first published January 1st 2001)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about To Perish In Penzance, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about To Perish In Penzance

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 328)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
To Perish in Penzance by Jeanne M. Dams.

This adventure takes Dorothy and husband Alan on a holiday turned murder case in Penzance. Alan has had an unsolved murder case n the back of his mind for years. thirty years to be exact. That case had taken place in Penzance among the many caves.
Upon entering Penzance they came into contact with other people on holiday. Among those people were an elderly woman and her daughter. Strange observations about that pair stood out in Dorothy's mind.

Shortly the
This is the second book in the series that I've read. I liked the first book, even though there was a bit too much description of religious services for my taste. However, in this book, I found the lead female character Dorothy Martin to have an irritating sort of naive religious conservatism. She and her husband talked about good and evil a lot, but there was no real depth to their observations. It all came down to "fight evil, and do good." Wow. Dorothy was also very judgemental about people k ...more
Actual Rating: ***1/2

A strong entry in the Dorothy Martin series where we learn much more about Alan's background and police career.

Opening lines:
September in England can be quite a lovely time of the year. The roses pretend that June is only just past, the trees cling to their green summer drapery, the flower beds delight both eye and nose with their extravagant profusion. Days have grown a bit shorter, true, but twilight lingers long in sweet, gentle melancholy, and when night comes, the air
Dorothy and Alan are in their home in Sherebury, England and the rain is falling and falling. In fact, it has been raining for days. They start talking about his career as a Chief Constable and he tells Dorothy about a case he had thirty years ago that he could not solve and it still bothers him. The girl had been about twenty years old with long blond hair and her body was found a few days after she fell from the cliffs to her death on the rocks below. The action of the water and sea life made ...more
Laurie Logsdon
An entertaining mystery series. Highly recommended for the female "over 50" set.
I really enjoy Jeanne Dam's Dorothy Martin mysteries, almost a Miss Marple type story but Dorothy is an American, relocated in England and now married to retired Police Dective Alan Nesbitt. Such great characters and in this particular story, they are working together to solve a cold case of Alan's (quietly aiding the police in his home town)as well as a new murder.
Dorothy Martin helps her retired police inspector husband solve an unsolved case from early in his career, back in his home territory of Cornwall. In the process they also end up solving several current crimes. If you like cozies set in England, check this series out.
Addie Martinez
Sep 18, 2011 Addie Martinez added it
Recommends it for: old and young
Recommended to Addie by: from her list of books
A trully fantastic book on adventure. Couldnt put the book down. Just love the chemistry between Dorothy and Alan. They are such a fun couple. I appreciated the the notes on history, georaphy, phycholgy.
Kathie H
Sep 17, 2007 Kathie H rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adults on up
I love books set in Cornwall. I also enjoy the Dorothy Martin character in these stories. As I age I can relate to an "upper-middle-aged" female sleuth!
This was a great read and not at all what I expected. I loved the setting and the pace, believable characters. All good stuff.
Again, just a good, clean mystery with a surprising ending.
This one seemed extremely predictable; bummer.
Charming couple and pleasant reading.
Busman's holiday, complex puzzle
Easy reading mystery series.
Margaret Boehm
Excellent mystery. good read
Colleen Sowden
Colleen Sowden marked it as to-read
May 24, 2015
Rachel marked it as to-read
May 22, 2015
Be Jones
Be Jones marked it as to-read
May 17, 2015
Courtney marked it as to-read
May 17, 2015
Beth marked it as to-read
May 16, 2015
Leslie marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Trouble with Harriet (Ellie Haskell Mystery, #8)
  • The Tale of Briar Bank (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, #5)
  • Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, #3)
  • The Book of Stolen Tales (Mesopotamian Trilogy #2)
  • A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Stories, #5)
  • Mariner's Compass (Benni Harper, #6)
  • The Alpine Quilt (Emma Lord Mystery, #17)
  • The Reluctant Matador: A Hugo Marston Novel
  • Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth, #12)
  • Mrs. Pargeter's Package (Mrs. Pargeter, #3)
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the Missing Alibi (Mrs. Jeffries, #8)
  • A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady, #4)
  • Ice In The Bedroom
  • Death at Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Investigates #1)
Jeanne M. Dams lives in South Bend, Indiana. The Body in the Transept, which introduced Dorothy Martin, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Dams is also the author of Green Grow the Victims and other Hilda Johansson mysteries published by Walker & Company.
More about Jeanne M. Dams...

Other Books in the Series

Dorothy Martin (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Body In The Transept (Dorothy Martin, #1)
  • Trouble In The Town Hall (Dorothy Martin, #2)
  • Holy Terror In The Hebrides (Dorothy Martin, #3)
  • Malice In Miniature (Dorothy Martin, #4)
  • The Victim In Victoria Station (Dorothy Martin, #5)
  • Killing Cassidy (Dorothy Martin, #6)
  • Sins Out Of School (Dorothy Martin, #8)
  • Winter Of Discontent (Dorothy Martin, #9)
  • A Dark And Stormy Night (Dorothy Martin, #10)
  • The Evil That Men Do (Dorothy Martin, #11)
The Body In The Transept (Dorothy Martin, #1) Holy Terror In The Hebrides (Dorothy Martin, #3) Trouble In The Town Hall (Dorothy Martin, #2) Malice In Miniature (Dorothy Martin, #4) The Victim In Victoria Station (Dorothy Martin, #5)

Share This Book