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Death in a Darkening Mist

(Lane Winslow #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The second instalment in the Lane Winslow mystery series; for fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford series.

On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow—a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove in pursuit of a tranquil life—is introduced to the local hot springs. While there she overhears nearby patrons speaking
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by TouchWood Editions
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Kathleen Mortensen Not necessarily, but you might not want to read beyond the first three to start with. I read the third book first, just finished the second and am emb…moreNot necessarily, but you might not want to read beyond the first three to start with. I read the third book first, just finished the second and am embarking on the fourth, while waiting for the first. 😉The reader needs to be aware of the personal storyline involving the the two main characters only up to the point of the third. I know it sounds confusing, but trust me.(less)

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Penny (Literary Hoarders)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy this series immensely! King's Cove has a cast of characters that I'm warming very much to, just like those in Three Pines. :-)
While the mystery here may not be as scintillating, fairly easy to point out the suspect and ends with a little bit of a fizzle, it doesn't matter - the characters are wonderful, their banter easy going and it's like sitting in the room with them.
I'll happily continue on with the series!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
So glad that I decided to try the second in this series!
I enjoyed it much more than the first. Things flowed so much more smoothly in the writing. The flashbacks felt natural and part of the thought process in the story line.
I am enjoying these Lane Winslow books, and the glimpses into BC history after WW II.
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lanette “Lane” Winslow, fluent in Russian as well as English and French, plays a role when a Russian is murdered at a hot springs in British Columbia in 1946. Death in a Darkening Mist proved as tantalizing as the series’ debut A Killer in King's Cove.

Who would want to murder a Russian who has been in Canada since years before the Cold War broke out. Who would want him dead? Especially as the victim lived amongst a sect of pacifist, vegetarians Russians who had been in Canada for 40 years! I beg
Carolyn F.
I enjoyed this book but I was left wondering how or if the people would get their money back from the bank. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I'm planning on reading the rest of the series. 4 stars ...more
I am enjoying this series and enjoyed this book in the series.

I find protagonist, Lane Winslow a satisfyingly complex character with strength, intelligence, integrity, and humour, but also with enough vulnerabilities to make her read real. I also appreciate the variety amongst the support cast and their interactions with Lane and each other.

For this book, I found the plot was a hair convoluted, but the book is short and the reading fast-paced. There was enough details to allow for the creation o
Liking the informative historical info throughout. Good connections referenced to other books in the Lane Winslow series. Kept my doubts hanging even when I thought I'd figured out one of the miscreants!
Appreciated because it left me anticipating more series reading...
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mostly, I'm just enjoying getting to know the characters, and what they're up to in this rural BC village. I do like that Lane's background is somewhat non-traditional. I also continue to really enjoy the mysteries set in rural Canada. A bit concerned about where all the past-spy stuff is going to go (which is why I've paused a bit before reading book 4). But still, really enjoying this series. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series by Vancouver author Iona Whishaw, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of these entertaining mysteries. I enjoyed this one even more than the first, A Killer in King's Cove, now that I know more about the protagonist Lane Winslow. She is a former British secret agent who has come to a small community near Nelson, B.C. right after the end of the Second World War, to heal her emotional wounds and build a new life. Instead, she keeps getting dragged into murder ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lane Winslow finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery, though this time she’s helping the police and not a suspect. We learn more about her childhood and family, but continue to be charmed by the little community in British Columbia where she lives alone in a quaint house on an apple orchard. Her past life as a multilingual spy keeps intruding into her current, more idyllic surroundings, but as the basis for her interaction with Inspector Darling, the reader doesn’t mind those intru ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I like this series. There is a good variety of characters who live in an interesting area of Canada in the years after the war. It’s a nice change of pace. The crimes were good and thoroughly investigated. I also like the way the author tells some of the characters’ back stories by putting in little snippets of what was happening in their lives at various times.
Kathleen Freeman
Another interesting story in this series, I liked how the story unfolded and came together at the end. I look forward to reading the next book.
Janet Hutchinson
This is such an enjoyable mystery series. I was worried that the second might not be as good as the first. But the author is developing the characters quite nicely, and I’m getting a good sense of each person, and the role they play in the village. This book focuses on the death of a alleged Doukhobor, and continues to play on Lane's time as a spy in WW II. Looking forward to the next one. And I love that is is situated in BC. ...more
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Like the first book in the series, this one gives us lots of depth of character and a ripping pace.
Jocelyn H
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second in the Lane Winslow series, which continues to be warm and enjoyable, with charming characters.
Judy Decaigny
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Takes place in B.C. Mystery. Great heroine. Everything to love about a story.
Rebecca Foweraker
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the second installment of this series. Cannot wait to read more
Despite not particularly liking the first book in the series, I wanted to read the next one hoping the author further developed Lane's character and the character of the village--which should play such a vivid role in the book. While I found Lane character a little more interesting and fleshed out with the backstory of her father and her unconventional upbringing, I still skipped over a large number of what felt like filler pages that did not add anything to the story. Or maybe I was simply not ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Last year I read the first book in the Lane Winslow historical mystery series set in King’s Cove in interior British Columbia ( I had been meaning to get back to the series because the first book showed promise, so when I was contacted by the publishing company, I accepted the offer of the next two books in the series in return for honest reviews. So here’s my review of the second installment; my review of the third book will be posted in four days.

In D
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

I read about this book in an article featuring books about female spies in literature. This series seemed to me to be the most promising. I was right. The only problem is that I wish I had realized this was the second book in the series. I have the first book on reserve in the library plus the third book ready to read. The first book should fill in some of the gaps. The place is a small town in British Columbia. Lane Winslow is only 26 but has seen the horrors of war thanks to her time as an int
Lourdes Venard
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lane Winslow, who once worked for the British Secret Intelligence Service, finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery when she visits a local hot springs near her Canadian town with a friend—and comes across a dead man.

Winslow, only 26, has retired from the spy business and settled in King's Cove, British Columbia—in what should be a small, quiet village. But in this, the second in a series, Winslow is drawn back into the spy business once again. The dead man is Russian. As Winslow sp
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author to me, will have to look for the first in the series. This one takes place in the Kootenays region of BC, in the Kaslo/New Denver/Nelson area in 1946, with the execution of a Doukhobor in the change room of a local hot springs resort. A bit slow to start, a little more dense and complex in language, action, and plot than the near cozy I just finished, but starts to draw one in. The Dhoukhobors were collectivist, pacifist, religious refugees from Russia, welcomed by Canada at a time wh ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second book in the Lane Winslow series. Lane is a ex British intelligence agent who has settled in a small community in the southeast part of BC (Canada) following WWII to start a new life. She goes with a friend to a local hot springs in December and overhears two men speaking Russian. Shortly after, one of the men is found dead in the change room. Because Lane is fluent in Russian, she is invited to help interview the man closest to the victim. Again, Inspector Darling and Constable Ames are c ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Former intelligence agent Lane Winslow had enough of Europe after World War II, and moved to rural Canada to get away from memories and entanglements and to get a fresh start. She is an interesting character -- blindingly intelligent and intuitive, honest, capable, and intrepid.

She has made a place for herself in her new small community, and she and her friend and neighbor Angela and Angela's children are on a jaunt to a hot springs when a body is discovered there. The victim's friend is a Russ
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
December 1946, British Columbia. When Lane accompanies her friend Angela and Angela's three sons to a nearby hot springs, she never expects it will be the scene of a murder. And since both the victim and his friend are Russians, she becomes involved as interpreter, since she grew up mainly in Latvia. But why would anyone want to kill a Doukhobor? Especially since they are pacifists, who shouldn't be a threat to anyone. In addition it appears that someone may be embezzling money from a local bank ...more
Michelle Waite
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I liked the first book better but I still enjoyed this one and look forward to the 3rd in the series. There was a lot going on in this book - many plot lines, mysteries. At times it was a little convoluted trying to keep it all straight. And i felt like there were a lot of unanswered question at the end of the book. With that said, I love Lane Winslow and how smart, independent, fearless and determined she is. I like the slow build of her relationship with Inspector Darling - it is the 4 ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Second in this series (I started with the third).

Takes place near Nelson BC, in 1946. Characters include an elderly Doukhobor pacifist, a Japanese man whose family was interned in the war and lost all their assets in Vancouver, a Russian spy, and the ensemble of characters that run through this series: Lane Winslow (former British intelligence operative, now writing in rural BC), Inspector Frederick Darling (policeman resisting falling in love with Lane), his assistant Ames, and all of Lane's n
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book in the series makes this the second dead body she's stumbled upon in the space of six months. This small town in the wilds of British Columbia is on track to be the Murder Capital of Canada. Plucky young woman fleeing her traumatic wartime (WWII) experience snuggles into rural community life only to become enmeshed in crimes, mysteries and intrigues of all sorts. We've also got yer hard-boiled DCI and his bright enthusiastic constable, cast of quirky townspeople and best friend with ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I stumbled upon this series last year while visiting Orcas Island. Lane Winslow is a wonderful character, full of charm and an exquisite mind. I enjoy how her past in the secret service of Britain in WWII is part of how she encounters and responds to her current idyllic life in British Columbia. I find humor and softness in her and the Detectives fumbling around their relationship. Her community by the lake is a tapestry of interesting characters that are brought into the stories ju ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm quite enjoying this series, Lane Winslow is an interesting believable character, with just the right mix of competence from her previous Secret Service training, and vulnerability. In this book, Lane stumbles into a murder in the hot springs in Ainsworth, near Nelson, BC, and is dragged into assisting with the investigation because of her knowledge of Russian. The resolution of the mystery is not particularly satisfying, but the highlight of the book is the depiction of Rural Canada in the p ...more
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Iona Whishaw has been a youth worker, social worker, teacher and an award winning High School Principal, who continued with her writing throughout her working life. Receiving her Masters in Creative writing from UBC, Iona has published short fiction, poetry, poetry translation and one children's book, Henry and the Cow Problem. The Lane Winslow mystery series is her first foray into adult fiction. ...more

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