Murder On Mustique (Hardback)Anne Glenconner (author)
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With the murder of a thrill-seeking heiress and a colourful cast of characters trapped on a tropical island, Murder on Mustique is an engrossing crime fiction debut from the author of Lady in Waiting.
A storm. A disappearance. A race against time . . .
Mustique is in a state of breathless calm as tropical storm Cristobal edges towards it across the Atlantic. Most villa owners have escaped the island but a few young socialites remain, unwilling to let summer's partying end. American heiress Amanda Fortini is one such thrill-seeker - until she heads out for a morning swim and doesn't return.
Detective Sergeant Samuel Wilton is just 28 years old and the island's only fully trained police officer. He quickly realises he needs to contact Lord and Lady Blake, who bought the island decades ago and have invested time, money and love creating a paradise. Jasper is in St Lucia designing a new village of luxury villas but Lady Veronica (Vee to her friends) catches a plane immediately. Her beloved god-daughter, Lily, is on the island and this disappearance has alarming echoes of what happened to Lily's mother many years ago. Lady Vee would never desert a friend in need, and she can keep a cool head in a crisis.
When Amanda's body is found, a murder investigation begins. Wilton knows the killer must be an islander because flights and ferry crossings have stopped due to the storm warning, but the local community isn't co-operating. And then the storm hits, and someone else disappears . . .
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 34 mm
Packed with glamorous detail, the novel gives a sense of behind-the-scenes familiarity with the playground of the rich and famous . . . along with fascinating hints of the more troubled side of paradise * Daily Mail *
Anne Glenconner's memoir Lady In Waiting, which recalled her long friendship with Princess Margaret, was a runaway bestseller last year. This polished thriller evokes the same gilded world . . . A well-plotted thriller that unfolds at a clip . . . it's sure to find readers among fans of Lady In Waiting * Daily Express *
What makes this vicarious Caribbean holiday worth taking is the pleasure of our hostess's company - the book is suffused not just with mere charm, but with the author's genuine, and genuinely attractive, personality * Sunday Telegraph *
Like slipping into a bath after a long, cold day * i paper, Best books for Christmas 2020 *
captures the outrageous lifestyle of its wealthy and privileged denizens . . . huge fun from start to finish * Irish Independent *
A tropical whodunnit and a race against time * Woman *
A tantalising fact-and-fiction mix * Daily Express *
Lady Vee combines high-octane charm with redoubtable forensic skills. * Daily Mail *
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