Monday, December 15, 2014

History Corner / Book Review: Entry Island by Peter May


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Hachette Publishing, via Edelweiss, , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for a novel from one of our favorite authors,
that takes place in Canada!


Synopsis:

On a standalone thriller, Peter May has created an emotionally charged new thriller set in North America

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Now Peter May takes us to a small island off the coast of Quebec with an emotionally charged new thriller, Entry Island.


When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterize his life in the city.

Traveling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants--the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion: the victim's wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met.

Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime's conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfill, and the personal destiny that awaits him.

Book Excerpt:

Click HERE to read the opening of the book!

Review:

I love May's Lewis series, so I was intrigued to read this stand alone novel, set  on this side of the pond, in Canada. I'm sure many people are unaware of the Scottish clearance of its peoples, that lead to a large Highland contingency in the St Lawrence/Quebec area. May interweaves the Scottish history so well into this story, that you may find yourself running to the internet to read up more on the subject. May does an excellent job in bringing the oddness, quaintness and dysfunction of the island living and its history into the modern murder mystery, that seems to have it's suspect from the very beginning. But on the island, assumptions can and will be wrong. This is a super fast read, and one that I could not put down until I had read the last page!


About the Author: 

Peter May is the multi award-winning author, who has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

Born and raised in Scotland, May lives in France. One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, this novel was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux, where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanit√©. His novels have a large following in France. The Lewis trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam. 

 Peter May is the multi award-winning author of the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France; and . One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than a thousand credits in fifteen years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. Check out his website for more.

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