A view of St Ives

St Ives

The small fishing village of St. Ives, Cornwall is Tosca’s birthplace. It is located on the south-west coast and like all of Cornwall is steeped in rich folklore. With a reputation for the most sunny days in the British Isles, and a “special light,” a thriving art colony sprang up.  Painters, potters, and sculptors moved in to the old stone cottages, turning many into studios.


The village’s most famous sculptor is Dame Barbara Hepworth whose home and garden became the workshop and gallery for her immense, world-renowned stone designs. In 1993 the Tate Gallery in London bestowed upon St. Ives a signal honor by building and opening its one and only branch. Attracting visitors from around the globe seeking an oasis away from the teeming streets of the English capital, Tate St. Ives is an outstanding landmark.

A picture of the Sloop Inn St Ives

Sloop Inn – St Ives

The Cornish language is one of the six Celtic languages and is still taught today in some local schools. Tosca occasionally lapses into cussing gently in her native tongue, especially if the medieval mead she home-brews fails to ferment.

Five sandy beaches, smugglers’ caves, fishing boats that lay on their sides at low tide, the Clodgy walking trail along the rugged cliffs, and the steep hills in town laced with cobblestone alleys are among Tosca’s favorite memories of  her birthplace, which she vows to return to one day. One of the oldest structures in the harbor is the ancient Sloop Inn on Wharf Road. Built in 1310, it is still providing pub food and drink.

A view of the beach at st ives that faces the atlantic.

St Ives – Atlantic Facing Beach

Tosca moved away to London to pursue her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter, and joined the London Daily Post. The only opening was for a gossip columnist. She proved so perfect for the position with her curiosity, empathy, and determination to “get the story” that she was assigned to cover the royal family and Buckingham Palace. Her column was titled, “Tiara Tittle-Tattle.”


After Tosca discovered a royal scandal she was banished to the colonies for a year (to Newport Beach, California, not too shabby) to write about her American neighbors. Her dream job, however, is to be an Investigative Reporter. She believes her talent for snooping into the unlikeliest corners and her constant prying gives her an edge. To prove it she begins investigating what she perceives to be a murder. Perhaps, if she can find a crime to solve, she’ll be promoted and welcomed home in triumph. “Digging Too Deep: A Tosca Trevant Mystery” is her first effort at sleuthing.