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DEATH ON PARADISE ISLAND: A Fiji Islands Mystery by [Allsopp, B.M.]
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Length: 310 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Who is killing Fiji’s Paradise?

A girl’s body is found snagged on the coral reef at Fiji’s high-end Paradise Island resort, after festivities for a new marine reserve. Detective Joe Horseman, his rugby career wrecked by a shattered knee, no sooner lands at Suva airport after a year in the U.S. than he’s packed off to investigate. While Horseman is in two minds about his future, Sergeant Susila Singh is ambitious and on her way up. To solve what seems an inexplicable death, they must together drag to the surface secrets that have no place in paradise.

Crime fans who enjoy diving into exotic settings will love Death on Paradise Island, the first of the Fiji Islands Mystery series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: COCONUT PRESS (14 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M1A9VUF
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Apart from enjoying a good murder mystery, the exotic setting attracted me to this book. I've never been to Fiji, nor do I expect to go there, but travel by book hit the spot for me on a cold grey English November day.

The notion of a murder set at an exotic holiday resort also smacked pleasingly of Agatha Christie's "A Caribbean Mystery". However, Allsopp's is very much a 21st century story examining the many modern dichotomies in Fiji; native customs vs foreign influences, international environmental pressures vs financial imperatives for locals, modern communications technology vs the grapevine, man-made luxuries vs natural beauties, long-haul travel vs local transport systems.

The location and the issues are vividly and fairly described, without idealising or sentimentalising Fiji. We're shown as much of its impoverished and diesel-clogged cities as the idyllic beach resorts beloved of travel guides.

Against this thought-provoking backdrop and interwoven with these themes comes a gripping murder mystery investigation led by an interesting local detective who has also achieved national and international fame as a rugby star. His support team includes an appealing and plucky Indian sidekick Susila (Susie) Singh. In time-honoured Sherlock Holmes tradition, he befriends a street urchin shoeshine boys, and has a street team that includes his mother, a retired nurse. I really warmed to these characters, and the wide cast of staff, medics and tourists are all effectively portrayed.

I hope this is the start of a series, as I for one would very much like to read sequels.
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This book is a great read for lovers of crime novels and travel. The mystery of a girl's death on a Fiji Island and the police quest to solve the mystery was central and kept me guessing until the last pages. I liked the ex-rugby star detective and his female Indian detective and the promise of romantic interest between them. What makes this book really stand out is its exotic setting. B. M. Allsopp describes the sights and sounds and smells of Fiji in such a lyrical way and has included interesting information about the wildlife so as I read I had the satisfying feeling I was learning a lot as well as being entertained. It made me want to travel to Fiji to see these things for myself. This book is a good one for the coming summer holidays. Pack it in your beach bag.
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