It Begins in Betrayal

A Lane Winslow Mystery

By (author): Iona Whishaw
ISBN 9781771512619
Softcover | Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Book Dimensions: 5 in. x 7.5 in.
384 Pages

About the Book

Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award

The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”

Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about the death of a rear gunner under his command in 1943.

In Darling’s absence, Ames oversees the investigation into the suspicious death of a local elderly woman and uncovers a painful betrayal inflicted forty years earlier. Meanwhile, Lane follows Darling to London, where he is charged with murder and faces hanging. While desperately seeking answers, Lane is presented with a proposal that could save the man she loves, but only if she returns to the very life she sought to leave behind.

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.


“I am in love. . . brilliant! Absolutely in the spirit of Dorothy Sayers’ Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey mysteries, but smart and fresh in its own right. For lovers of cozy mysteries and British police procedurals—there’s even a murder investigation in which evidence includes fragments of a broken tea set—this title will not disappoint . . . The writing was wonderful, the plotting rock-solid, and I adored these characters. Can’t wait to delve into the backlist and discover what I’ve been missing.” —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

“Good plot and fun characters keep this series fresh.” –Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“Compelling and interesting. Once again the characters really shine!” —Luv to Read blog

“Iona Whishaw has written a mystery with a wonderful sense of time and place in It Begins in Betrayal. The characters are alive and vibrant, the settings realistic, and the plot will pull you along.” —Marilyn’s Mystery Reads blog

“I devoured it . . . I couldn’t believe I’d waited so long to start reading [this series] . . . if you like British style mysteries with a strong female character you will absolutely love this one.” —Kerry Clare, CBC’s Ontario Morning

“A complex, multilayered and rather addictive wartime story . . . I can’t wait to discover more in the Lane Winslow Mystery series.” —Susanne’s Booklist blog

“Attractive feisty heroine is a retired WW2 spy, with wholesome Canadian characters and unsavoury European ones – great period piece and fun.” —Marina Sofia, Finding Time to Write blog

“If you are looking for a great historical mystery, look no further. The latest outing in Ms. Whishaw’s Lane Winslow series fits the bill. . . . To say Lane Winslow is a strong, independent woman is putting it mildly. It is such fun to read a story in a historical setting where the lead is a smart woman who is two steps ahead of the men. Lane doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, and is fiercely determined to protect those that she loves. . . . It Begins in Betrayal has it all. An enjoyable book to add to your summer reading list!” —Hidden Staircase blog

“If you’re after historical crime with a strong backbone but also an air of genteel cosiness about it, then the Lane Winslow series by Iona Whishaw is just right for you.” —Crime Fiction Lover

“One of the finest mysteries I’ve read in some time. . . If you read but one mystery in 2018, choose It Begins in Betrayal.” —Hamilton Bay Observer

“This book is a gem! Though I have read many historical mysteries this book is easily in my top 5 favourites from this year . . . Fans that want a 1940’s to 1950’s era mystery this is a series/book for you. I don’t think it could get any better.” —Bibliophile.Reviews blog

“If you like strong historical mysteries with great characters, make sure to add this one to your summer reading list.” —Reviewing the Evidence

“Completely satisfying: the complex plot, the layered stories, and the dialogue and banter . . . Absolutely and completely enjoyable.” —Literary Hoarders blog