Brimming with colorful characters, luscious landscapes, and striking storytelling, In the Shadow of Death is all the more remarkable for its clever, tasteful rejection of male-driven mystery and patriarchal private eyes. Listeners meet gumshoe Margaret Spencer, recently estranged from her self-righteous lawyer husband and living with a new lover, fellow detective Nat Southby. Set in 1959, Spencer’s story reflects a decided rejection of domestic docility, and rightfully so: as Spencer dismisses the demands of her pompous husband, she learns her friend Kate’s spouse has mysteriously disappeared, and sets about rescuing him. Actress Cynthia Barrett brims with impish intrigue, her tone at once sly, suggestive, and playfully smug as she follows the hardnosed heroine across British Colombia in search of her missing man.
TouchWood Editions is proud to introduce the first female sleuth in our selection of mystery novels. Author Gwendolyn Southin uniquely blends the charm of gumshoe techniques with the fresh perspective of a developing female detective. The Margaret Spencer Mysteries offer action and suspense, with a human subtext.
Just one year later, Margaret is coming into her own as an investigator, after leaving the comforts of her Kerrisdale home and her inattentive husband, a corporate lawyer. Living in trendy and bustling Kitsilano with Nat Southby, her newfound happiness is undercut by her family's pleadings to return home. In need of a vacation, she and Nat head for a ranch in the Cariboo. Instead of solace, they find violence, betrayal and an unsolved missing person's case that introduces them to host of new and questionable characters.