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April: Sweetland

April: Sweetland

What's the difference between a delver and a private detective? Tim Brown is about to try to find out, as a challenge lands on his desk in book four of Jan Fancy Hull's series about a newspaper publisher on sabbatical. The mystery is the reverse of a locked-room puzzle, since not just a room but a whole building seems to have disappeared.


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  • Book details

    6x9 inch paperback, 270 pages

    ISBN 978-1-990187-67-4

    Available in May, 2023

  • A review of this book and the Tim Brown series

    The fourth in a planned series of 12 novels, this is another delightful visit with Tim Brown, who owns a small-town newspaper in South River, a fictional town on Nova Scotia's South Shore. The series is set in 1999, with Tim taking a sabbatical year from the newspaper.

    It's April, and Tim is trying to find a cabin that has mysteriously disappeared. Once he starts digging---or delving---into the puzzle, of course he finds out there's much more to the story than he first realized. Tim's thoughtful approach to the mystery and to his everyday life is a pleasure.

    Hull brings her small town to beautifully detailed life in this well-written and charming series, with Tim Brown being the likable main character at the centre of a quirky circle of friends and neighbours. If you're a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series, we recommend dipping into Jan Fancy Hull's Tim Brown novels.

    --The Masthead News, Hubbards NS

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