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Entry Island

by Peter May

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.

Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the bestselling Lewis trilogy which highlighted the cold exotica of the Hebrides, Peter May now offers a lengthy stand alone blockbuster of a mystery set on an island in the Gulf of St Lawrence in Canada, where the local community are mostly of Scottish descent, as is Detective Sime Mackenzie who is sent there as a result to investigate an uncommon crime by the Quebec Surete. The plot unfolds both in the present and the historical past in the Hebridean islands which has a bearing on the brutal contemporary murder. Stark characters moulded by life and the rugged landscape, atmospherics to kill for and a police procedural with a strong, humane difference. Another hit! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Like his famous Lewis Trilogy, this stand-alone mystery has a dual-time frame and a small island setting. This time it is a remote Canadian island. One of the investigating team has Scottish ancestry and when he meets the suspect, the wife of the murdered man, he has an odd feeling of recognition. She awakens childhood memories and through these we get a large slice of Scottish history and the horrors of the Highland clearances. These two strands come together in a most satisfying ending. Highly recommended.

Maxim Jakubowski

Entry Island Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.

IF YOU FLEE FATE...When Detective Sime Mackenzie is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland, he leaves behind him a life of sleeplessness and regret. FATE WILL FIND YOU...But what had initially seemed an open-and-shut case takes on a disturbing dimension when he meets the prime suspect, the victim's wife, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met. And when his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant Scottish past in another century, this murder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence leads him down a path he could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny.

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Entry Island Reader Reviews

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Alex Hetherington - 'an intriguing and mysterious tale...A must read for crime fans in 2014.'  Click Here to read the full review.


Janette Skinner - 'I found it to be a really great story, well worth reading...There is mystery, romance, and echoes of the past in this tale, a very satisfying book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Magda North
- 'Entry Island  is a very accomplished novel that mixes a police procedural with a psychological thriller.' Click Here to read the full review.


Reba Khatun - 'I wouldn’t normally read a historical novel but I found this one interesting and intriguing.  It’s told from two viewpoints, modern day Sime and his ancestor, Sime who he was named after.' Click Here to read the full review.


Joy Bosworth - 'It would be a good murder mystery, or an island life novel but it is also a historical romance and pioneer story.' Click Here to read the full review.


Jodie Robson - 'A haunting story of exile and loss, Entry Island will stay with you long after you finish reading.' Click Here to read the full review.


Debbie Patrick - 'If you flee fate...fate will find you.  A good well written, well researched book. Well worth reading.' Click Here to read the full review.


Lynda DeFreitas - 'Gripping, thrilling. A real page turner.' Click Here to read the full review.


Sue Gale - 'The past and the present intertwine to create the future. Descriptive, well written and will hold you in its thrall from the first word to the last.' Click Here to read the full review.


Siobhan McDowell - 'This was an interesting, absorbing read which drew me in from page one.' Click Here to read the full review.


Judith Cooper - 'Having read and enjoyed all his previous books I eagerly awaited this new book.' Click Here to read the full review.

The Good Book Guide Review

Detective Sime Mackenzie is attached to a murder investigation far from his Montreal base, on the tiny Entry Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence. It is Sime’s linguistic background that is needed, for although this is French-speaking Canada, the Entry islanders speak only English, and Sime’s Scottish heritage fits him for the job.What appears at first to be a routine investigation with a clear suspect becomes more complex, made more difficult by the fact that Sime is convinced he knows the victim’s wife, although he has never met her, and his family’s Hebridean background appears to be the link between them. Fans of Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy will find a similarly gripping tale here.

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ISBN: 9781782062233
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782062202
Publication date: 26/12/2013
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782062233
Publication date: 14th August 2014
Author: Peter May
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 544 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Peter May

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

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