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- Print Length: 349 pages
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- Publication Date: November 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0772PLFN4
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Perfume Island: A Magali Rousseau Mystery (Magali Rousseau mystery series Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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It's been a while since I've read about a woman solving crimes, unless it was a Cozy Mystery. And let me tell you something: Perfume Island is not a Cozy Mystery. If you are looking for giggles, and romance, and perhaps a bit of magic - it seems to be a common theme in that genre - then pass up on this book; if you are in search of a more serious setting and characters, then check this novel out.
It's the second in the Magali Rousseau series, but it follows a new mystery so you can read it without having perused the first one. The only thing you'll miss out on is how Magali and Charlotte - the other MC, met and formed the relationship they have in this novel.
Perfume Island has some clichés - "You'll never get away with this!", "You are too smart for your own good.", etc. - but as you might know, I'm not entirely opposed to them. I'm not sure when was the last time I've watched a cop/detective movie or read a book about solving crime that didn't involve those two lines in particular. As long as most of the movie/book is good, I'm fine with them.
I liked the writing style here. The story wasn't rushes and took its time to progress, but one of the characters was inconsistent. She'd just been through something traumatic though, so I'll put it down to that.
The times that I was not invested in the book weren't actually because of that character, but because the novel got a little too political for me. Don't worry, it's not all politics; it's just s few scenes in which we are told about the tensions between the different groups of people so we'd better understand what's going on in Mayotte.
Overall though, Perfume Island is a read to check out when you are in a mood for murder and some detective work.
I'd recommend the novel to people who want a non-Cozy Mystery with a female lead.
The author does a great job of keeping the reader informed through most of the book, but I felt a little cheated toward the end—a la Agatha Christie. Still, it was an excellent read! I will be looking for more of this author’s work.
Full review at MurderInCommon.com
Bausse captures the ambience of the ex-pat world and the way they live side-by-side with the illegal immigrants and the inhabitants of Mayotte. The plot is satisfying, with some stupefying changes of alliance, and it really tests Magali's character. The pace speeds up to an unexpected, yet perfectly convincing, climax. It’s a fascinating way to learn all about Mayotte, and I couldn't put the book down.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book and, having enjoyed One Green Bottle, offered to review it.)
Right at the start I was intrigued by an exotic fruit that is difficult to prepare - it drew me in as I love books where the setting is key. Mayotte is a complex island where politics, wealth and poverty, indigenous people and visitors lay the foundations for the mystery to take root. Just when I thought I'd worked out the answer more information caught me out. In the end the answer was plausible but unexpected.
I first came across this author when we both contributed to a book blog and as a result I received a complimentary copy of this book, and have voluntarily reviewed it as I enjoyed it so much.