Cover image for the novel Lightning Strikes the Silence: A Lane Winslow Mystery. The artwork was made using Adobe Illustrator. The background has a sky with a gradient of colours including deep shady purple, lilac and teal blue, rain is falling from the sky over the distant mountains and in front of them a tall green pine tree is being struck by lightning. An explosion of yellow and orange is bursting through the base of the tree into the ground which is a field of deep green. To the left, Lane Winslow, a white woman with shoulder length brown hair is wearing a brown jacket and dark blue pants, she is mid-stride heading away from the lightning. The author’s name is across the top in a white tall sans serif font, in all-caps it reads “Iona Whishaw” and beneath in a much smaller white sans serif font, in small caps it reads “Globe and Mail bestselling author”, “Globe and Mail” is italicized. In the bottom third of the cover is the title, in all caps and a bold white sans serif font that is aligned to the left it reads, “Lightning Strikes the Silence” and beneath that in a tall sans serif lilac coloured font, in all-caps is the series name reading, “A Lane Winslow Mystery.” Cover illustration by Margaret Hanson.

Lightning Strikes the Silence

A Lane Winslow Mystery

By (author): Iona Whishaw
ISBN 9781771514323
Softcover | Publication Date: May 7, 2024
Book Dimensions: 5 in. x 7.5 in.
500 Pages

About the Book

Beginning with a bang, the latest mystery in the series Publishers Weekly calls “highly entertaining” is a study in bygone promises and lingering prejudice.

A warm June afternoon in King’s Cove is interrupted by an explosion. Following the sound, Lane goes to investigate. Up a steep path she discovers a secluded cabin and, hiding nearby, a young Japanese girl injured and mute, but very much alive.

At the Nelson Police Station, Inspector Darling and Sergeant Ames, following up on a report of a nighttime heist at the local jeweller’s, discover the jeweller himself dead in his office, apparently bludgeoned, and a live wire hanging off the back of the building.

As Lane attempts to speed the search for the girl’s family with her own lines of inquiry, Darling and his team dig deeper into a local connection between the jeweller and a fellow businessman that leads across the pond to Cornwall and north to a mining interest on the McKenzie River.

Offices are being ransacked and someone is following Lane. Through the alleyways of Nelson onto the country roads and woods trails of King’s Cove, the latest Winslow mystery is a study in bygone promises and lingering prejudice

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.


“Iona Whishaw’s historical mysteries set in B.C.’s Kootenay region are reliable bestsellers. An explosion, a jewellery heist, and an injured Japanese girl who does not speak are part of a tale of old prejudices in the 11th book in Lane Winslow series.” —Quill & Quire