In a small village on the incomparable Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall sits an old round house by the sea, beloved home of the Baxter family—relative newcomers to this lovely land. The close-knit farming community has been kindly, and has taken the new arrivals to its heart. But then a murder takes place. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the beach, discovered by the Baxters' younger son. DCI Channon—quiet compassion masking a clever mind—is the investigating officer on the case. His assistant, Sergeant Bowles, is his very opposite: abrasive, cynical, and keen to pin the crime on Luke, the Baxters' older son. And so a violent crime changes the lives of everyone it troubles. Sally Baxter finds herself protecting one son and fighting for the other, while trying to fathom her husband's odd attitude toward the murder. Then there are the devastated parents of the murdered girl and the wide mixture of reactions from their farming neighbors. And through all the mayhem, there is DCI Channon, trying to make some sense of a seemingly impossible task as he finds himself increasingly drawn to the family at the round house, and especially to Sally herself.
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Set on Cornwall's scenic Roseland Peninsula, British author Etchells's smoothly written police procedural features an intuitive and sensitive hero, Detective Chief Inspector Channon. When Rob and Sally Baxter moved from urban Manchester to the old round house by the sea, they thought they had realized their dream of a more tranquil life for their family, until the discovery by their younger son, Ben, of the body of a teenage girl washed up on the beach. The girl has been murdered, and Channon's assistant, the unpleasant Sergeant Bowles, regards the Baxters' older son, Luke, as the chief suspect. Sally has her hands full, as she tries to shelter Ben, prove Luke's innocence, deal with her problematic relationship with her adolescent daughter, Tessa, and fathom Rob's strange attitude toward the killing. When another brutal murder rocks the farming community, Channon must draw on all his resources to bring the mystery to a surprising conclusion. Channon's compassion for the families of the victims, as well as his ability to delegate and to synthesize information, leave the reader eager to see more of him—soon. (June 7)
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The Baxter family, newcomers to a farming community on the Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall, is settling in well. The neighbors have welcomed them, and they like their seaside home. Things change when the family's younger son discovers the body of a teenage girl on the beach. Sally Baxter, the mother, must protect him while fighting for his older brother, Luke, who is labeled by police as the chief suspect in the crime. Sally must also try to find out why her husband seems so indifferent to all that is happening. The devastated parents of the murdered girl and the reactions of the neighbors add to Sally's dilemma. DCI Channon, the lead investigator, a quiet and methodical man, must keep his cynical partner in check while dealing with his growing attraction to Sally. Romance writer Etchells proves adept at switching genres with this quiet but suspenseful village mystery. Barbara Bibel
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