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To Perish In Penzance

(Dorothy Martin #7)

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To Perish in Penzance (Dorothy Martin Mysteries, No. 7)
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 30th 2001 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 2001)
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Marty
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second of the Dorothy Martin series I have read (see #130.) This one has Dorothy (American) and her English husband, Alan visiting Alan’s home area of Cornwall. Before retiring, Alan was chief constable for a county in southeast England. His home area still remembered him as a policeman from the area who rose to a high position in law enforcement. While on the force in Cornwall, Alan had been the chief inspector on a murder case that was never solved. Dorothy thought it might be inte ...more
Gail
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is another in the cozy mystery series featuring Dorothy Martin, ex-pat American now married to retired chief constable Alan Nesbitt. When the summer rain drives Dorothy to exasperation, she suggests to her husband that they repair to a sunnier locale, namely Cornwall, where Alan had joined the police force many decades ago. When a murder takes place in the same smuggler's cove where a similar scenario had taken place during Alan's tenure in the Penzance police, Dorothy and her husband are d ...more
Diane
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series and this book didn't let me down. An unsolved death of over thirty years ago still bothered Alan Nesbitt, Dorothy Martin's now-retired chief constable husband. Dorothy decides they need a vacation from Englands rain so what better place than Cornwall where the sun was shining. Dorothy would be able to practice her sleuthing on an old crime and get some sun at the same time.
Beth E
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The problem with this book was that I got too attached to the murder victim, and her death was painful.
Murder mysteries are only fun with a certain detachment from the victim. To a lesser degree, this was also a problem with Killing Cassidy.
Anne
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Sweet & Easy read (or listen as I did in 2002 via tape) - read by Kate Reading.
Madelyn
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Another mystery by Jeanne M. Dams. Dorothy Martin and Alan Nesbitt, Dorothy's now retired chief constable husband decide to take a vacation to look into an unsolved mystery that had happened more than thirty years earlier. Then, a new mystery happens that they need to uncover.
Bonnie
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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To Perish in Penzance by Jeanne M. Dams is the 7th book of the Dorothy Martin mystery series set in late-20th-century England. Dorothy is a transplanted American, in love with her adopted country and her husband Alan, a retired chief constable. An unsolved case from 30 years ago, when he was a new detective in his native Cornwall, still bothers him. The present-day incessant rain at their home in Sherebury bothers Dorothy. The sun is shining in Cornwall...so she hatches a plot to get Alan back t ...more
Ellen
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
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Marcia
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2015, kindle, mystery
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
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Sherrill Watson
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Dorothy and Alan go to Penzance to solve an old murder. They meet a visitor, Eleanor Crosby who is dying of cancer, John Boleigh, and many of Alan's old working buddies. They call him Captain and give him deference, which is useful. There is a rave club in town, Eleanor has a daughter, Mr. Boleigh has a granddaughter, there are a lot of drugs, etc. Old nazi treasures were hidden in a cave. Ill-gotten gains, hocked on the black market by . . . well, it was only a LITTLE predictable.
Judith
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.
Violet
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
This author is a very prolific writer and I am thoroughly enjoying all. I really like her main character, Dorothy Martin, an American widow who married a retired British constable and now makes her home in England. Dorothy is a great sleuth and, along with her husband, Alan, keeps us in suspense until the very end.
Cynthia Maddox
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this one last night. As usually, I really liked the story. The ending was a bit contrived, I think. It just was sort of neatly tied up and I don't really like that kind of ending. Narrated endings are boring and this is the first one that left me annoyed. I'm going to watch the next few to see if this tend continues.
Addie Martinez
Aug 30, 2011 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.
Judy
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Mary
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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Kathie H
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
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!
Ellen
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dorothy Martin #7
Tacey
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This one seemed extremely predictable; bummer.
Ellen
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Charming couple and pleasant reading.
J
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Easy reading mystery series.
Cindy
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a great read and not at all what I expected. I loved the setting and the pace, believable characters. All good stuff.
Jennifer
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Again, just a good, clean mystery with a surprising ending.
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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.

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“There is sadness and evil in the world, yes. There is also goodness and beauty and justice. The one is as real as the other, and we must keep that fact firmly in mind or lose all sense of proportion.” 2 likes
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