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- Print Length: 464 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1978425708
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0772PLFN4
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Perfume Island: A Magali Rousseau Mystery (Magali Rousseau mystery series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
"One Green Bottle", his first book, was a compelling thriller featuring newly qualified Private Investigator Magali Rousseau. While I enjoyed OGB, Perfume Island takes a thrilling detective story to a whole new level. Mixing racial tension, dispossessed peoples, poverty stricken islanders in search of bettering their future, religious intolerance and the worst of social evils – child sexual abuse and young girls forced into prostitution – the murder mystery brings complex characters whose unsavoury habits unravel with the determined investigation conducted by our heroine, Magali.
All the while, Magali’s reaction to the accusations of murder levelled against her lover Charlotte offer us a fine insight into the French detective’s mindset, her struggles with her sexuality and the stresses the accusations bring to her relationship. One by one, potential murderers are investigated with determined precision by Magali, and the reader is dumbfounded as she unravels the powerful motives lurking in the shadows of each suspect. The beginning chapter sets the pace, culminating in the explosive final chapter.
I suspect Magali is on her way to becoming one of those fictional characters who moves off the page and sits deeply in our psyches, offering clues and understanding to our own humanity. I’m ready for the third Magali adventure now, please, Mr Bausse.
Magali and her partner Charlotte have travelled to Mayotte, a remote island under France’s 101st department. They’re looking for sun and relaxation, but instead find themselves embroiled in the death of teenage Muslim girl and the possible prosecution of Charlotte for her death, but was Charlotte the cause, or was there something more sinister going on?
Magali’s endless dedication to her friend and the truth, leads her to work with the local police to find out the facts surrounding the girl’s death, which in turn takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the intricacies, tragedies and quirky people that make up the remote island.
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