Once there she is wooed by the celebrated beaches; the lush rain forests; the sea which alternates between the colour of a peacock's breast and the pure pale green of a peridot; the fruit bats that swoop across marmalade-tinted sunsets; the rose-streaked sunrises; and the way the mangoes hang, fat and lazy, like Christmas decorations from massive trees. But her feelings of euphoria quickly fade when she discovers that her two predecessors drowned in suspicious circumstances - the Two Little Mermaids', as the popular press calls them - and her fears grow with the discovery that the official residence, while spectacular, holds dark and menacing secrets. Roselina, the seemingly sweet, dowdy cook, is struggling to understand the gaps that appear in her memory. And what is her link with Selina, local nightclub entertainer and seasoned seductress, who has the new High Commissioner in her sights? Will a 'Third Mermaid' be found dead? And if so, will it be Isabelle?
|Publication date:||20th August 2009|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Catherine Olsen was born in Brisbane, Australia. She lived in London for many years, where she chronicled the lives of interesting and well known personalities of the day for national newspapers, magazines and foreign syndication. Members of the Royal Family, authors, leading politicians, actors and actresses were among the subjects for her profiles, which appeared around the world. Her first novel, A SongbirdA , was published just before she went to live in The Seychelles with her husband, the former President, Sir James Mancham KBE, whom she met when she interviewed him and who had spent 15 years in London in exile ...More About Catherine Olson