"The Auction at Primrose Cottage" is the fourth book in the Cornish Coastpath Mysteries Series

Cornish Coastpath Mystery Series

Book: The Auction at Primrose Cottage

#4 The Auction at Primrose Cottage

Primrose Cottage has stood on a gently sloping incline overlooking Polperro bay for almost 500 years. During that time, it has had many uses including a quarantine house, a smuggler’s hideout, and a WW2 lookout. Throughout most of its existence, it has been owned by the Trenowen family, and the current owner aims to keep it that way.

Recently though, due to lack of funds, Mrs Kathleen Trenowen has had to put up for auction, a rather important painting of hers. The painting is of the cottage itself, and many think that it’s not even a particularly good painting. It is, nevertheless influential, as it is one of the earliest examples of a Cornish landscape painting, and as such is quite collectible.

However, shortly after the painting was sold at auction, it mysteriously disappeared, stolen from her cottage. At first, suspicion fell on Mrs Trenowen herself, but the investigation proved that the painting was not insured and that she would subsequently not gain from its theft.

Entrance stage left, Pippa Welbury and her lovable scruffy mongrel Benjamin. Pippa is intrigued by the story and having seen how the whole episode had upset Mrs Trenowen, she takes it upon herself to do some investigating.

Against the backdrop of art dealers and the Cornish countryside, can Pippa uncover what happened to ‘The Primrose Cottage’?

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