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An Award-Winning Debut: Sun, Sand, Murder

John Keyse-Walkers beat out hundreds of other novel entries to become the winner of Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Novel Award in 2015. His great debut, Sun, Sand, Murder, is a mix of cozy mystery and police procedural and is highly recommended.

A Brief Summary: 

As a Special Constable, Teddy Creque is the only police presence on the remote, sun-drenched island of Anegada, nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. In all his years on the job, Teddy has never considered the possibility that he might have to address an actual crime on his peaceful island.

That is, until he receives a hysterical call about a dead man on the beach. Indeed, Teddy is shocked to discover Paul Kelliher, a biologist who traveled to the island every winter for research, lying dead on the sands of the island’s most remote beach, killed by a single shot to the head.

And when the BVI’s “real police” task Teddy with informing Kelliher’s nearest kin of his death, Teddy makes an even more surprising discovery: there’s no record that Paul Kelliher ever existed. Suddenly Teddy’s routine life is thrown into tumult as he tries to track a killer―against his boss’s wishes―while balancing his complicated family life, three other jobs, and the colorful characters populating the island around him.

Our Take: 

This is a very entertaining cozy mystery-type novel. The author has written the novel in such a way that is very easy to read and we could not stop visualizing different scenes of the story in this small / rural island. Written with a wry, witty narrative voice and a plot full of twists and turns, this book is…

A great read for end of the summer…We are looking forward to reading more from this talented author.

Our Rating: 4.0


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