Island in the Clouds: Book Review

Island in the Clouds
By Susan M Toy
Available on Amazon 

The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force,  he’s drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some people call paradise…

Part travelogue, part mystery, Island in the Clouds takes a long, hard look at the reality of living in a place that seems perfect — from the outside, anyway.

My Review: When Geoff finds a dead body floating in a swimming pool, his peaceful life on Bequia is disrupted. From property manager to murder suspect, Geoff investigates the murder and inadvertently puts his own life in danger.

Island in the Clouds is a wonderfully written murder mystery that takes us to Bequia, a Caribbean island where ex-pats hide their secrets in paradise. Everyone has a secret or two - even Geoff. When he's asked to help investigate a murder, he draws attention from some vindictive, ruthless characters. The danger intensifies as the clues slowly stack up. Geoff isn't a typical crime-solver, but he's smart and persistent. Actually, there is nothing typical about Geoff or any of the other characters for that matter. The author portrays Bequia inhabitants--the lazy, inept cops; the shady ex-pats; the weed-smoking islanders--without resorting to stereotypes. The reader gets a feel for the rich culture and the sometimes unsavory aspects of island life, but author provides us with well-rounded characters with depth and individuality. No one is exactly what they seem on the surface, and that's not always a bad thing.

This is the second book I've read by Susan Toy, and both books are completely different, but perfect in their own way. I hope she's planning on writing more mysteries based in Bequia. Island in the Clouds was one of the most enjoyable mysteries I've read in a long time and I'd love to read more from Susan Toy.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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