Books in Common NW: Iona Whishaw & Francine “Stephanie Barron” Mathews

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Find out "whodunit" with Iona Whishaw and Francine Stephanie Barron Mathews as they discuss the latest Lane Winslow Mystery and more!


Iona Whishaw comes back to Books in Common NW with Francine Stephanie Barron Mathews to share A Lethal Lesson - the newest Lane Winslow mystery.

Lane Winslow trades crime solving for substitute teaching in the eighth installment of this mystery series that Kirkus Reviews calls "riveting".

Back home in the Kootenays after her Arizona honeymoon, Lane offers her assistance when neither the outgoing teacher, Rose, nor her replacement, Wendy, show up at the local schoolhouse one blizzardy Monday in December. But when she finds the teachers' cottage ransacked with Rose unconscious and bleeding, and Wendy missing, Lane delivers Rose to the hospital in Nelson and turns the case over to her exasperated husband, Inspector Darling, and his capable colleagues, Sergeant Ames and Constable Terrell.

Never one to leave a post unmanned, Lane enlists as substitute teacher for the final two weeks before the Christmas holidays, during which time she discovers a threatening note in the teachers' desk and a revolver in the supply cupboard. But these clues only convolute the case further. Who has been tormenting these women, and where has Wendy gone?

Meanwhile, Darling finds the body of a hit-and-run victim in a snowbank miles outside of Nelson, the residents of King's Cove are preoccupied by the possibility of a new neighbor, and Sergeant Ames is as confused as ever by the inimitable Tina Van Eyck.

Iona Whishaw is the author of The Lane Winslow Mysteries, a former educator, and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com.

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books, including the critically acclaimed Merry Folger series and the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the pen name Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Visit her at francinemathews.com.