EVERY SECRET THING (Mystery-Canada/Portugal-Cont/1940s) – VG+
Cole, Emma (aka Susanna Kearsley) – Standalone
Allison & Busby, 2006- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0749081864
Canadian journalist Kate Murray is approached by an older man, told she has her grandmother’s eyes and that he wants to tell her about a crime never brought to justice. Before learning any more, he is killed by a hit-and-run driver. When the man’s nephew is murdered and then her grandmother, Kate sets off on a journey that started during WWII and continues to today.
It’s been six years since this author’s last book and I am delighted she’s back. With a style reminiscent of Mary Stuart, we are taken on an international journey and a mystery that began during WWII. All the elements are here; the secret, the journey, being followed, not knowing who to trust, people not being as they seem, romance, both in the past and the present, and every bit of it enjoyable. I liked Kate. She’s smart and determined. I enjoyed the history, which was interesting and is a significant element of the story but doesn’t overwhelm the plot. The only problem with finishing is book is now I have to wait for her next.