A Deadly Walk in Devon

Kensington. (A Walk Through England Mystery, Bk. 1). Mar. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496745262. $27. M
DEBUT Retired San Diego police inspector Rick “Chase” Chasen is still mourning the death of his longtime partner and tries to alleviate his depression by traveling to England for a walking tour of Devon with the Wanderers, a group of fellow Americans. He’s eager to catch up with his old friend, a retired librarian, and meet new ones. Their tour guide is new to the company, and the travelers on the tour are excited to see north Devon. Business tycoon Ronald Gretz is the one exception, and his complaints soon get on everyone’s nerves. As small accidents occur, Gretz, who has received threatening notes, accuses someone in the group of trying to kill him and begs Chase to watch out. But there’s nothing Chase can do when Gretz is finally killed. The local chief inspector has little experience with murder, so he welcomes Chase’s help to investigate. They learn that everyone is lying and that some of the Wanderers have reasons to hate Gretz.
VERDICT A fresh concept for a new series that offers readers the chance to see the English countryside. Those who enjoy Steve Burrows’s birding mysteries may want to try this nature-heavy cozy.
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