Cover image for “Framed in Fire: A Lane Winslow Mystery” by Iona Whishaw. This cover is illustrated. The background is of a valley, that is a dry greeny-brown layer of grass which is surrounded by evergreen trees and a mountain lake in the distance, the sky is bright blue with some whisps of clouds. At the top of the valley, Lane Winslow sits on a rock, she is a white woman with short brown cropped hair and red lips, she is wearing a teal sweater and black slacks as she looks down the valley at a man on a brown horse in the distance. Toward the top is the author’s name, “Iona Whishaw” printed in a bold, white, all caps, sans serif font and a thick black line is below, followed by the text in a small, black, all caps font reading, “Globe and Mail Bestselling author.” The title is aligned left at the bottom of the page in a bold, yellow, all caps, sans serif font reading “Framed in Fire”, the word “in” is much smaller than the rest of the title and is unlined, at the bottom of the page in a white, all caps, sans serif font it reads, “A Lane Winslow Mystery.” Cover illustration by Margaret Hanson.

Framed in Fire

A Lane Winslow Mystery

By (author): Iona Whishaw
ISBN 9781771513807
Softcover | Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Book Dimensions: 5 in. x 7.5 in.
496 Pages

About the Book

An April 2022 Loan Stars Top 10

A shallow grave, a missing person, and near-fatal arson keep Lane, Darling, and the Nelson police on high alert in the latest mystery in this Globe and Mail bestselling series.

It’s early spring 1948 and Lane arrives in New Denver to find that her friend, Peter Barisoff, is not at home. Instead, in a nearby meadow, she encounters Tom, an Indigenous man in search of his ancestral lands. Lane is intrigued. Unfortunately, once Peter returns home, the day takes a gloomy turn when the trio uncovers human remains next to Peter’s garden, and Lane must tell her husband, Inspector Darling, that she’s inadvertently stumbled into his professional domain—again.

Back in Nelson, the Vitalis, Lane and Darling’s favourite restaurateurs, are victims of arson. Constable Terrell’s investigation suggests prejudice as a motive, and the case quickly escalates, as the Vitalis receive increasingly threatening notes of warning. Meanwhile, Sergeant Ames works a robbery while alienating Tina Van Eyck in his personal time, and a swirling rumour sets the entire station on edge and prompts an RCMP investigation into Darling’s integrity.

Amid the local bustle series readers have come to love, Framed in Fire is bound up in difficult questions of community and belonging, and the knowledge that trusted neighbours can sometimes be as sinister as a stranger in the dark.

About the Author(s)

Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She is the award-winning author of the Globe and Mail bestselling Lane Winslow Mystery series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband.


Finalist for Lefty Award (Left Coast Crime Award) – Best Historical Mystery Novel
Finalist for Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing – Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery
An April 2022 Library Loan Stars Pick

Globe and Mail bestseller and a Bestselling New Release in Canada

“This instalment in Iona Whishaw’s long-running Lane Winslow series draws readers in with wistful observations about what home means to different people and cultures. As always, Whishaw’s characters are the heart of the whodunit—we adored spending time with Lane and her entourage, from the wisecracking Inspector Darling to his quirky but highly skilled crew of constables. Framed in Fire is one heck of a satisfying small-town caper.” Apple Books

Framed in Fire is No. 9 in this series, a point where many authors begin to flag but not Whishaw… Definitely one of Whishaw’s best.” —Globe and Mail

“Let’s face it! Iona Whishaw is a good writer – and has been so for nine mystery novels set in the Kootenays over the past few years. The narratives of her novels are easy to follow, and though her plots are often intricate, her language and characters are never obscure. Certainly, she keeps us guessing, but in the end we are always given the answers and end up satisfied as readers.” Boundary Creek Times

“Iona Whishaw has performed the remarkable feat of tying her plots to so many issues relevant to our present-day experience—racism, xenophobia, domestic violence, rape, ideas about women’s independence, and more… that Whishaw manages to address them without anachronism is what’s really impressive.” Pickle Me This