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