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- Publication date : February 1, 2012
- File size : 649 KB
- Print length : 194 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : IslandCat Editions (February 1, 2012)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1927950120
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0074DU5A6
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #892,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author created a mystery with varied and interesting characters from the native islanders to visitors. She shares the island's dialect and the kindness of its inhabitants when someone is in need.
The mystery had its shares of twists and turns as the main character is entwined in the midst of murder, drugs, and threats to his own life when he gets too close to the perpetrators.
An enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
By sheer coincidence, I share some of Ms. Toy's moorings. I'm from Calgary and have spent years dividing my time between that city and the Caribbean. Therefore, while I read her book, I kept asking myself - would someone who didn't share this personal history enjoy her book as much? I eventually answered that question with a resounding "Yes!" Because this book is a treasure.
But it's a treasure with edge. I gasped from time to time at her audacity as I asked myself, "Did she really just write that? OMG! Whatever happened to political correctness?" It's that courage and honesty which elevate this seemingly little murder mystery to the level of a standard bearer. Susan Toy's got something to say, and By Golly! she comes out and says it.
I await her next novel as I would the long-overdue visit of a very good friend.
Ms. Toy's book is not a tourist guide per se, but Island in the Clouds will guide you in a way no other book or blog or magazine can offer. Island in the Clouds is a mystery novel with Bequia staring as its backdrop. This is a work of fiction firmly that is firmly grounded in the reality of life on any Caribbean island, whether it’s Bequia or Cayman Islands or Barbados. And the fictional nature of this gem of literary work is what sets it apart from countless other books that attempt to capture the spirit and history of the Caribbean region. If you have ever travelled to any islands in the Caribbean, or even if you have never visited the Caribbean but are considering a vacation there at some time, then I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Island in the Clouds--in addition to the traditional "tourist guide/practical info" books. And, should you be embarking on your Caribbean adventure soon, I suggest you bring along a copy of this novel (either in a print edition or as an eBook) to read during your flight or while you relax on a white sandy beach. Island in the Clouds will make your Caribbean experience even more special.
There is good reason why the author, Canadian-born Susan M. Toy, has succeeded in creating this rare literary gem: Ms. Toy has spent the past seventeen years living in the Bequia house she built with her partner. Their hillside home overlooks one of the most scenic and serene bays in the Caribbean. Over the years, the verandah of her island hideaway has offered more than a perfect view of this tiny seven-square-mile island. The verandah has also served as her “office” where Ms. Toy was inspired by the island's sounds, sights, and the gentle Caribbean breeze to create this treasure, Island in the Clouds.
I’m not a regular reader of murder mysteries, but I loved the mildly cynical voice of expat Geoff as he told his harrowing story. It felt a little like one of Graham Greene’s “entertainments,” and, as in those books, the cast of local characters gave the tale a delicious touch of authenticity. It’s clear that Toy knows the island well, but it’s more than geography. It’s knowing the history of Bequia, the culture, the stuff that’s under the surface. Anytime there’s an expat community living among a poor native population, you’re sure to find subtle conflicts and resentments.
Ultimately you’ll probably agree with Geoff that Bequia is no paradise, but it’s a perfect place for people with certain secrets to hide.
I’ll be looking forward to Toy’s future books in the Bequia Perspectives series ...
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The story begins with Geoff running a little late on a Monday morning with a hangover only to find a dead, naked woman floating face-down, a bullet through her heart, in the pool of The Clouds, one of the properties he manages. This proves to be a bad start to a worse week. He begins as a suspect and then progresses to a target along with all those he cares about. He meets with suspicion and hostility, faces pirates and thugs, and finds a second body in the same pool -- this time with the throat cut ear to ear! The police seem to be totally inept and disinterested so it's up to him to try to figure out what's going on.
The story is fast-paced and introduces the reader to the idyllic island life and the undercurrents that are not always seen but always exist. It is a well-designed mystery with lots of interesting characters. I felt there were one or two details that might have helped solve the first crime if they hadn't become obscured in the profusion of characters and ineptitude of the police. But I still enjoyed trying to work out the mystery and hope there will be another novel with Geoff and Angie, either in Bequia or in their subsequent travels.