Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner #murdermystery #bookreview

Here’s one of those from May (during my post op recovery period) that I forgot to review:

Murder on MustiqueMurder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anne Clenconner is in a unique position to write this book. The central character, Lady Vee, is a thinly veiled version of herself, drawing on her extraordinary life-story as detailed in her memoir, ‘Lady in Waiting’.
I suspect many of the other characters in this novel are firmly based upon real people, but that only adds to the charm of this quiet murder mystery that builds from a series of odd events starting with the disappearance of a young American heiress.
The island and its inhabitants, drawn with loving care, are trapped on the island by an approaching tropical storm, so the answers must lie with the residents. Lady Vee delves into the mystery, rather innocently unaware of the danger she might be placing herself in, but then she’s known most everyone for decades – how could one of them possibly be a murderer?
The writing does somewhat betray both the privileged background and the age of the author. The lifestyles of the wealthy villa owners seem rather stuck in the past (though perhaps not?), and many of the sentences demand a couple of reads for clarity – the sentence construction is not what we are used to reading in modern books – but in a way that almost adds to the charm.
If you are happy reading a murder mystery that proceeds at a gentle pace, with a rather laissez-faire Caribbean attitude, you will undoubtedly enjoy this book, which has a nice twist in the tail ending.

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  1. Interesting review, Deborah. I notice that the previous post is her autobiography. I’m heading there next. It’s interesting that you noticed the author’s “thinly veiled version of herself and her privileged background in the reading. I wonder if we all do that to some degree.

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    1. I read her autobiography after reading this book, and being intrigued. Aside from a series of fictional events and naming her protagonist Vee, instead of Anne, you might just as well have been reading about the author herself!

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  2. I’m intrigued by this book, as I was by the prior one (her autobiography). I was stunned by the volume of comments (most great). Definitely checking this one out.

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    1. I was stunned to find a negative review for this book by someone who obviously has no idea of how the privileged live, and felt justified in denigrating something they did not understand, which I felt was just sad. All the others I saw were positive. I hope you enjoy it.

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      1. Didn’t see that one. The overall rating was something north of 4.5 wasn’t it? I think people love what she puts out.

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      2. It’s on the UK site. Yes, people do seem to love the peek into a world few will ever enter. It doesn’t hurt that the writing is pleasant, if a little old fashioned.

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  3. I see you like this author’s books. Somehow, her memoir grabs more of my attention. But I love your reviews. ❤


    1. It was reading this one that sent me off to get her memoir – as I say in the review, much of this book is based around the author’s real life, and that intrigued me enough to want to read her amazing life story.

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