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Entry Island by Peter May

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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!

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Entry Island by Peter May

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back.

For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home. The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion: the victim's wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met. Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime's conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professonal duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.


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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.

About the Author

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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30th November 1999


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