Buried in the Country (Cornish Mysteries)
by Carola Dunn
Cover Artist: Jo Parsons / Getty Images
Review by Mel Jacob
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250047038
Date: 13 December 2016 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This Cornish Mystery, set in Cornwall near the Arthurian site of Tintagel, takes place in a grand hotel being used for a hush hush mission by the Commonwealth Relations Office in hopes of developing a better future for Rhodesia. Eleanor Trewynn's aid is enlisted to help smooth relations between two young people from opposing political sides in hopes of bringing about a peaceful solution. Unfortunately, those supporting Cecil Rhodes may try to disrupt the meeting.
Eleanor is skilled in smoothing ruffled feathers of disparate people who are sometimes enemies at international meetings. While the meeting is being held at a nearby hotel, the rainy weather and problems with her car, force Eleanor to enlist the help of a young artist friend. He also arranges to check with her each day during her stay at the conference. After leaving her at the conference hotel, he decides to stay at a local bed and breakfast.
Eleanor's niece, Detective Megan Pencarrow, is assigned to provide local security for the meeting participants along with a former lover. She is unaware of her aunt's involvement. The incessant rain is not helping surveillance. She and her partner are suspicious of some strangers they see in the hotel bar, but uncertain whether they are agents sent to disrupt the discussions or con men looking for marks.
Meanwhile, Megan also has to work on some local police matters including the disappearance of a local solicitor. His business partner fears something may have happened to him. During the investigation, she discovers that the relationship between the partners is more than legal business.
Two young Africans from opposing tribes do not like each other, and it takes all of Eleanor's many skills to keep things moving in a positive direction. The young people want to see the countryside so Eleanor agrees to take them for a walk to give them a change of scene. Complications ensue including murder and kidnappings. An exciting chase and an encounter with one of the villains threatens Eleanor's life.
Buried in the County is the fourth in Carola Davis' Cornish Mystery series set in the 1970s. She also wrote the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries set in the 1920s. This novel takes a while to get moving, but builds quickly into a series of puzzles and ends with an exciting climax. Few will have guessed the identity of the murderer or the motive. Cornwall provides a colorful setting used to advantage.