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Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery (Alaska Mysteries) Hardcover – April 5, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Alaska Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; First Edition edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451213971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451213976
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At loose ends because she is unable to race her dogs this season due to an injury, Jessie Arnold heads to Five Finger Light Island to help friends restore an old lighthouse. On the way to the island, Jessie meets Karen Emerson, who is on the run from a persistent stalker, and invites her along on the trip. Once on the island, Jessie's idyllic getaway turns deadly as a body is found, a woman disappears, and an extensive search of the tiny island fails to find her. Jessie and her companions realize they are on their own when they discover that all means of communicating with the outside world are either missing or destroyed. Alternating chapters from Jessie's and the stalker's points of view keep motives hidden and readers guessing as the plot moves briskly along. The unspoiled Alaskan setting, and Jessie and her boyfriend Alex's somewhat uneasy relationship, add to this eleventh in the series. Sue O'Brien
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A perennial throat catcher and a great setting. -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

I have now read all of her books and each one has been a page turner.
Barbara Faye Smith
The setting was fun (I always like Alaska and whales and eagles) but not worth the predictable and flat ending.
Judith Lindenau
Sue Henry's fans will enjoy this latest addition to the Jessie Arnold Mystery Series.
Karen Potts

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carol on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When a book title begins with "Murder at...." I know I am going to have a good time. Sort of reliving the old Nancy Drew days!!!

Sue Henry has written an able mystery again featuring Jessie Arnold. Jessie gets a request from an old friend to help renovate the lighthouse they just bought. In the process of getting to her destination, she does a good deed for a fellow traveler on the run from an abusive boyfriend. The story takes off from there.

I have lost track of Sue Henry's books lately but intend to catch up soon. The concept - Murder on a remote island with just a small circle of friends, one of whom is a killer. Ms. Henry describes Alaska nicely, but praises Cruise West too highly. I was not that impressed with CW on my vacation to Alaska. I am sure it was a fluke, but the other descriptions were right on track.

Also as a fan of New England lighthouses, I was interested in the detailed description of the lighthouse and its history. Ms Henry gets you right there into the action.

The ending, as well as the book, was not melodramatic. It was good to see that Tank, her faithful lead dog, is as devoted to Jessie as always, and that Alex Jensen is back in the picture. Very pleasant read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alexander B. on August 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sue Henry is one of my favorite mystery authors. The Jessie Arnold series is well worth reading from the first to the last. But, the truth is that I find this is Henry's least well written book.

The plot is promising: Jessie Arnold is invited,along with several others, to visit/work on a remote old lighthouse that friends are renovating. En route, a young woman fleeing an abusive ex attaches herself. Shortly after arriving on the island, the dead body of a stranger is found....and the complications mount.

In previous novels, the Alaskan landscape and history are an important, integral, and appealing part of the books. Here, unfortunately, they are awkwardly treated and become laborious.

There are too sentences with so many dependant clauses you must read them 3 times to be sure what she's trying to say.

Definitely read the book if you are already a Sue Henry addict. But, if you haven't read her before, don't start with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sled dog racer Jessie Arnold feels the world is looking up as she rebounded from knee surgery, recovered from a DEATH TRAP, and is back with her beloved State Trooper Alex Jensen. Jessie accepts an invitation to a paint party thrown by close friends Laurie and Jim Trevino, who are renovating a fixer-upper Five Finger Lighthouse on Alaska's Inner Passage; Alex has a meeting that he must attend so he cannot accompany Jessie, but tells her to have a good time.

However, thinking this will be fun though hard work, Jessie goes leaving Alex behind. However, the idyllic gala of paint and panorama ends when Jessie finds the corpse of another guest. Assuming a tragic accident occurred Jessie changes her mind when she tries to call for help by phone and radio; neither work as a killer has severed the lines with the objective to snuff the life out of the party one death at a time.

The latest Sue Henry Alaska mystery will remind readers of Agatha Christie's classic Ten Little Indians. The story line is action-packed once Jessie stumbles over a dead body and never slows down as the sleuth realizes a murderer is amongst the guests. The scenery as usual is breathtaking, but it is the cat and mouse game between the culprit and the detective that will have the audience spellbound.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judith Lindenau on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Over the years, I've waited anxiously for Henry novels: I enjoy the setting, the suspense, the characters. But "Murder at Five Finger Light" was a real let-down. It was very formulaic (put your characters in an isolated spot and let human dynamics work) and the characters were poorly defined (frankly, I didn't care WHO did it, because nobody was particularly distinguishable from anybody else). The setting was fun (I always like Alaska and whales and eagles) but not worth the predictable and flat ending. My advice to Sue Henry readers: don't ask for this for Christmas. It's a waste of a good gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By no name on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO SUE HENRY? THIS BOOK IS SUCH A LET DOWN; I ALMOST THOUGHT THAT SHE HAD SOMEONE ELSE WRITE IT -- THE STORY IS FLAT AND THE SENTENCE STRUCTURES ARE CONFUSING. SORRY TO SAY THAT I REALLY CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS EVEN THOUGH I WANTED TO.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jessie Arnold has sustained an injury, so she is unable to participate in her favorite sport of sled dog racing. Instead, she decides to go with two of her friends to help renovate an old lighthouse they have bought. In the intriguing setting of Alaska's Five Finger Lighthouse, Sue Henry creates another well-written mystery. Jessie looks forward to joining a crew of volunteer workers, but on her way to the lighthouse, she becomes acquainted with a young woman named Karen who is running from a man who has abused her in the past. Desperate for a place to go where she will not be found, Karen accompanies Jessie to the island where they are to work on the lighthouse. Soon a dead body is discovered, and the workers know that they have taken on more than they bargained for. As the communication system to and from the island is cut off, the situation becomes more serious. Sue Henry's fans will enjoy this latest addition to the Jessie Arnold Mystery Series.
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