Canaan's Gate

A Bay Tanner Mystery

Bay Tanner Mysteries (Volume 10)

Kathryn R. Wall

Minotaur Books

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Greed and deception drive the action in this tenth entry in the awardwinning series, set in South Carolina’s sultry Lowcountry
 
When bank employee Cecelia Dobbs approaches Bay Tanner’s inquiry agency, Bay has no idea her association with the awkward young woman will lead to murder. Concerned that one of her colleagues may be running a scam on the elderly and very wealthy Castlemains of Hilton Head Island, Cecelia is seeking proof she can take to the authorities. The other object of her suspicion is the couple’s caretaker, flamboyant Kendra Blaine, whose interest in teller Dalton Chambers may be more than just as partners-incrime. When Mrs. Castlemain dies suddenly of an apparent heart attack, less than twenty-four hours after she accepts the case, Bay is stunned.

Still mourning the loss of her father, Bay is also trying to adjust to her recent marriage. Since joining Bay’s staff, Red has been chafing under the constraints of working for his wife, and Bay finds herself wondering if something deeper is amiss with their relationship.

Then Cecelia disappears, and the Castlemains’ grandson, Washington lobbyist Nicholas Potter, tries to hire the agency to investigate Kendra. He, too, believes she could be dangerous— or so he claims. Torn between her unwilling attraction to the charismatic Nick and her growing fears about Cecelia, Bay discovers that divided loyalties can be painful—and sometimes fatal.

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I’M AN ORPHAN.”
Though I spoke the words aloud, there was no one in the office but me to hear them. I have no idea why the reality of it should have wormed its way into my head on that soft September afternoon. Maybe it was because I’d been watching sunlight slant through the half-closed blinds to send wavering lines of shadow dancing across the scarred surface of my father’s old desk.
When I was a child, it had dominated his study in my family’s antebellum home on St. Helena Island just off the coast of Beaufort.

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"Suspenseful ... stormy surprises lead to a cliffhanger ending."
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Fiction Review: Canaan's Gate by Kathryn R. Wall, Author Minotaur Books $24.99 (322p) ISBN 978-0-312-60184-3
A possible embezzlement case occupies inquiry agent Bay Tanner in Wall's suspenseful 10th puzzler set in South Carolina's Lowcountry (after 2009's Covenant Hall). Cecelia Dobbs, a low-level employ
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Kathryn R. Wall

Kathryn R. Wall practiced accounting for twenty-five years in Ohio before retiring with her husband to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where she is currently at work on her next Bay Tanner mystery.

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Canaan's Gate
A Bay Tanner Mystery
Kathryn R. Wall

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312601843
ISBN10: 0312601840
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$24.99

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Minotaur Books
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429925518
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336 pages
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