That is, until the Abbey’s sexton is found dead under an avalanche of gouda.Despite the reservations of the local constable, Sister Agatha is convinced it’s murder and the game is afoot.In fact, she’s about to start work on a B-movie, Festival of Death.
The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (Crooked Lane Books 2018) The sisters of Gwenafwy Abbey in Wales have cherished their contemplative life — days spent in prayer, reflection, tending the Convent’s vegetable gardens and making their award-winning organic cheese, Heavenly Gouda.Life seems perfect, except for Sister Agatha, a die-hard mystery fan who despairs of ever finding any real life inspiration for her own novel.One day, Charlie Floyd, a brilliant, stubborn, experienced investigator who has recently retired from his job with the attorney general’s department for the state of Connecticut, receives a phone call from Manny Perez, a Cuban-American Miami police detective.Perez, who’s worked with Floyd previously, wants to enlist the former investigator in his efforts to put an end to Francis Hoyt’s criminal career.When Vermeulen notices that a five-million-dollar transfer has gone missing, he is given the run-around.
First he is told the files have been mislaid, then stolen, then he is assured that the money was never transferred to begin with. Vermeulen’s dogged pursuit of the missing transfer makes him the target of some ruthless operators.
As Fiona strolls the town, she quickly realizes there are a whole bouquet of suspects much more likely to have killed Alastair Croft, the dead lawyer who seems to have had more enemies than friends.
Now it’s up to Fiona to clear Hamish’s name before it’s too late.
The nonprofit was set up by hedge fund mogul Vincent Portallis to revolutionize development aid.
The only upside for Vermeulen is the prospect of seeing his lover Tessa Bishonga, who is reporting on foreign land acquisitions in Africa.
Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized.