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In a small village on the incomparable Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall sits an old round house by the sea, beloved home of the Baxter family—relative newcomers to this lovely land. The close-knit farming community has been kindly, and has taken the new arrivals to its heart. But then a murder takes place. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the beach, discovered by t In a small village on the incomparable Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall sits an old round house by the sea, beloved home of the Baxter family—relative newcomers to this lovely land. The close-knit farming community has been kindly, and has taken the new arrivals to its heart. But then a murder takes place. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the beach, discovered by the Baxters' younger son. DCI Channon—quiet compassion masking a clever mind—is the investigating officer on the case. His assistant, Sergeant Bowles, is his very opposite: abrasive, cynical, and keen to pin the crime on Luke, the Baxters' older son. And so a violent crime changes the lives of everyone it troubles. Sally Baxter finds herself protecting one son and fighting for the other, while trying to fathom her husband's odd attitude toward the murder. Then there are the devastated parents of the murdered girl and the wide mixture of reactions from their farming neighbors. And through all the mayhem, there is DCI Channon, trying to make some sense of a seemingly impossible task as he finds himself increasingly drawn to the family at the round house, and especially to Sally herself.


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In a small village on the incomparable Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall sits an old round house by the sea, beloved home of the Baxter family—relative newcomers to this lovely land. The close-knit farming community has been kindly, and has taken the new arrivals to its heart. But then a murder takes place. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the beach, discovered by t In a small village on the incomparable Roseland Peninsula of Cornwall sits an old round house by the sea, beloved home of the Baxter family—relative newcomers to this lovely land. The close-knit farming community has been kindly, and has taken the new arrivals to its heart. But then a murder takes place. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the beach, discovered by the Baxters' younger son. DCI Channon—quiet compassion masking a clever mind—is the investigating officer on the case. His assistant, Sergeant Bowles, is his very opposite: abrasive, cynical, and keen to pin the crime on Luke, the Baxters' older son. And so a violent crime changes the lives of everyone it troubles. Sally Baxter finds herself protecting one son and fighting for the other, while trying to fathom her husband's odd attitude toward the murder. Then there are the devastated parents of the murdered girl and the wide mixture of reactions from their farming neighbors. And through all the mayhem, there is DCI Channon, trying to make some sense of a seemingly impossible task as he finds himself increasingly drawn to the family at the round house, and especially to Sally herself.

40 review for No Corners for the Devil: Murder and Mystery in a Cornish Seaside Village

  1. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    NO CORNERS FOR THE DEVIL (Police Procedural-England-Cont) – G+ Etchells, Olive – Standalone Constable, 2005- UK Hardcover Sally Baxter, her husband and three children, have moved to a roundhouse with cottages in a small farming community in Cornwall. The oldest son, Luke, gave his classmate Samantha a ride home one night. The next day, his youngest, and very sensitive brother, Ben, along with his friend Malachi, finds Samantha's body in a tide pool on the beach. Luke is the last know person to see NO CORNERS FOR THE DEVIL (Police Procedural-England-Cont) – G+ Etchells, Olive – Standalone Constable, 2005- UK Hardcover Sally Baxter, her husband and three children, have moved to a roundhouse with cottages in a small farming community in Cornwall. The oldest son, Luke, gave his classmate Samantha a ride home one night. The next day, his youngest, and very sensitive brother, Ben, along with his friend Malachi, finds Samantha's body in a tide pool on the beach. Luke is the last know person to see her but it's Sally's husband, Rob, who seems most disturbed. DCI Cannon, whose wife and son were killed in an automobile accident, is in charge of the investigation. *** The plot was good and there were enough suspects to keep me going, but the motive was a little weak. What I really liked about the book was the characters. There are a lot of them, but each was unique and interesting in their own right and I really liked the relationships between the characters. I can only hope this is the beginning of a series as I should really like to see how these characters develop over time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    The beautiful Cornish countryside is the setting for this story. The Baxter family move into the lovely old roundhouse, they are very happy and accepted by the local community until the body of a girl is found on the beach by the Baxter's youngest son. The police officer DCI Channon is a thoughtful man and not unkind but his Sergeant, Bowles in just the opposite, he seems to have it in for the Baxter's older son and is determined to prove that he is the murderer. A good read but maybe a little o The beautiful Cornish countryside is the setting for this story. The Baxter family move into the lovely old roundhouse, they are very happy and accepted by the local community until the body of a girl is found on the beach by the Baxter's youngest son. The police officer DCI Channon is a thoughtful man and not unkind but his Sergeant, Bowles in just the opposite, he seems to have it in for the Baxter's older son and is determined to prove that he is the murderer. A good read but maybe a little on the tame side when it comes to excitement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grey853

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is one of those books that had so much promise, but failed to deliver. However, if you like extreme police procedural with little character development, a just the facts kind of book, this might entertain you more than it did me. The most bothersome thing for me is that the main character isn't the police officer as much as the wife of the prime suspect is. I would've much preferred having the focus on the main investigator. This is one of those books that had so much promise, but failed to deliver. However, if you like extreme police procedural with little character development, a just the facts kind of book, this might entertain you more than it did me. The most bothersome thing for me is that the main character isn't the police officer as much as the wife of the prime suspect is. I would've much preferred having the focus on the main investigator.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karla Huebner

    This was a pretty good mystery in terms of evocation of the character Sally Baxter, mother of one of the boys who finds the murdered girl; nuances of family dynamics are generally well presented here. The police procedural aspect, on the other hand, did not particularly interest me, as the more abrasive of the two main detectives didn't come off as nearly as bright as he was alleged to be. The solution was a bit surprising. This was a pretty good mystery in terms of evocation of the character Sally Baxter, mother of one of the boys who finds the murdered girl; nuances of family dynamics are generally well presented here. The police procedural aspect, on the other hand, did not particularly interest me, as the more abrasive of the two main detectives didn't come off as nearly as bright as he was alleged to be. The solution was a bit surprising.

  5. 4 out of 5

    E

    While this book has some 1st-book awkwardnesses that might have been addressed with better story editing (two items esp. that are brought up and then never explained or resolved), the characters are interesting and well developed with believable motivations. Would like to see more local color for the intriguing small-village England coast setting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina Potter Bieloh

    Just happened upon this at the library, and I am really enjoying this British mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kandyce Barber

    A teenage girl, Samantha, is murdered and the mystery unravels as to who the killer might be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    A new author for me and one I enjoyed. This was a good mystery and the characters were well drawn out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    It was a good story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    British mystery writer -- title comes from a round house -- no corners for the devil -- pretty neat! Good mystery that keeps u guessing!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    If you like some of the dective show from the UK, you'll enjoy this book. If you like some of the dective show from the UK, you'll enjoy this book.

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    Kaye

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