Book Review – A Sorrowful Sanctuary by Iona Whishaw

I love cozy mysteries – it is by far my favourite genre, first sparked by reading Agatha Christie. So I was thrilled when I stumbled upon Iona Whishaw’s books. A Canadian, post-WW2, feminist, cozy mystery series? Yes, please! 

When the opportunity came to read an ARC of the next book A Sorrowful Sanctuary, I was beyond thrilled. Thank you Touchwood Editions!


A Sorrowful Sanctuary is the fifth book in the series. Lane, a fiercely independent, former British spy has settled into her new life in rural King’s Cove, British Columbia. She has a beautiful cottage, lovely neighbours and a killer view. Honestly – just reading about it makes me incredibly jealous. I would love to live in a place like that. Minus the murders, of course. Lane has a tendency to stumble upon dead bodies, which inevitably brings her into contact with Inspector Darling. Cue the sparks! 

Whishaw’s writing is excellent. The plots are complex and the characters show great emotional depth. The stories also prove to be great history lessons too – I definitely don’t know enough about the late ’40’s in Canada. It’s fascinating stuff. 

Like most readers, I try to predict who the killer is in any mystery I read. I’ll admit, I suck at it most of the time. In this case, I was partly right –  but there was a twist I totally didn’t see coming. I love when that happens. And then (AND THEN!) the ending had me practically cheering! You’ll have to read it to see what I mean. 😉

I sincerely hope there is a sixth book in the series – I just can’t get enough. 


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