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A wreath of dead moths
Moffat, Gwen.
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First world edition.
Publication Information:
Surrey ; New York : Severn House, [1998]

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217 pages ; 23 cm
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Kate Munro is a promising young Scottish writer, specialising in accounts of the most technical and daring mountain rescues. Her desire to find and recount these tales takes her to Ben Torboll, scene of a famous air crash nearly forty years ago which claimed the lives of American servicemen on the way home in 1949.

At first Kate is disdainful about the people involved in the crash. But when she meets local legend and famous rescuer Neil Grant -- who promises to tell her everything he can about the tragic events of that day -- Kate begins to investigate in earnest. Delving deeper and deeper into the mystery, old resentments resurface and Kate becomes entangled in a web of deceit and treachery that place her life and those close to her in jeopardy.

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Kate Munro, mountaineer and outdoor writer, goes to a remote corner of Scotland to interview Neil Grant, a famous mountain guide and rescuer. While hiking, she finds the wreck of a B-17 bomber. Kate's research into the crash revives a 50-year-old unsolved theft and triggers evasion, hostility, mayhem and, finally, murder. Solving the mystery hurls Kate from Scotland to Montana and then south to a surprise climax in the Arizona backcountry. This mystery showcases new characters by Moffat, author of the Melinda Pink mysteries. Kate Munro and her friends and foes are all interesting, real characters, and the book is full of plot twists and surprises, although it slows in the last third. The obvious comparisons here are Nevada Barr's and Margaret Coel's series with outdoor female sleuths as well as Michael Lewin's Albert Samson mysteries. Moffat breaks new ground with her intriguing combination of crimes in the past and present. --John Rowen