Cornish Mysteries

MANNA FROM HADES, my first Cornish mystery,  is my 50th book.


Manna from Hades is set in Port Mabyn, a fictional fishing port that is a cross between Boscastle and Port Isaac, on the  north coast of Cornwall.  The date is somewhere between my childhood memories of Cornwall and the present reality, tilted towards the 1960-70s.       Eleanor Trewyn is a widow in her 60s. She and her late husband worked for a big international charity. When he died, she retired and bought a cottage in Port Mabyn.    She turned the ground floor into a charity shop, and she lives above it.     Her niece, Megan Pencarrow, is a detective sergeant with the Cornish police, a woman in what is still a man’s world.         Nick Gresham, Eleanor’s friend and next-door neighbour, is an artist.      Jocelyn Stearns, the vicar’s wife, runs the charity shop, as Eleanor is not business-minded. In fact, the cash register breaks down if she so much as glances at it. Her contribution is to drive about the countryside collecting donations, but it is in the stockroom behind the shop that she finds the body of a scruffy youth…

…this lively first in a new cozy series…Adept at showing character through witty dialogue, Dunn paints an amusing picture of a small town that readers will want to visit again soon.

Dunn has a knack for writing meatier-than-usual cozies with strong female characters, and she has another charming winner here.

UK 153 Rocky Valley

UK 095 pub  in Padstow                                                           Church of St Mary Magdalene, Launceston

UK 100

UK 131 Old Post Office, Tintagel

UK 135 drystone wall, Delabole slate

PadstowHarbour2 Padstow harbour


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