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DEATH ON PARADISE ISLAND: A Fiji Islands Mystery by [Allsopp, B.M.]
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A Fiji paradise saved. A girl’s body torn on the reef. Detective Joe Horseman, washed-up rugby star, must discover the connection.

Horseman is a rugby legend, and in Fiji that spells hero. But now injury has wrecked his rugby career and he dreads returning to the tedium of police work.
When a girl’s body is found snagged on the coral reef at high-end Paradise Island resort, the joyful festivities for a new marine reserve stop dead. Horseman no sooner lands at Suva airport after a year’s rehab in the U.S. than he is packed off to investigate. While he wrestles with his future, his new sergeant, uber-efficient Susila Singh, is ambitious. As the pair pursue leads in idyllic coral islands, a marine science institute and diesel-polluted Suva streets, they forge a tentative partnership. To discover why the girl died, Horseman and Singh must drag to the surface secrets that have no place in paradise.

Death on Paradise Island is the first of the Fiji Islands Mysteries. Crime fans who enjoy discovering exotic settings will love B.M. Allsopp’s thought-provoking insight into contemporary Fiji. Dive into the fragile beauty of the Fiji islands: pick up Death on Paradise Island today.


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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: #75,568 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing crime set in the beautiful and exotic Pacific country of Fiji 25 November 2016
By K L Alexandria - Published on Amazon.com
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What a pleasure to encounter newly formed police partnership of injured national rugby hero and his exotic green-eyed Indian sergeant. Their arrival at the resort on Paradise Island set on a lagoon which has just been declared a marine reserve begins the investigation of the death of a beautiful young girl from a nearby island. This search leads them into a world of scientific research and local politics set in the natural beauty of the island with its scents of ginger and fascinating wildlife, alternating with the steamy pollution of Suva, the capital. Before the team solves the mystery of the death of young Akanisi they have uncovered a world of fraud, smuggling and revenge. I love how Allsop has crafted mystery in a place of contrasts, of island beauty and steamy capital . She has introduced us to an effective team of detectives whose professionalism and cultural insights increased my appreciation both of their efficiency and of the lovely place they call home.

I look forward to reading more of their exploits and more of the beautiful tropical country in which they unravel crime and locate the guilty.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable 15 April 2017
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The story was very interesting. It was a real pleasure to learn about the Fijian culture, something I knew nothing about. I also appreciated the fact that I truly didn't know who the killer was till the last few pages of the book. Something that almost never happens to me. Likable and, believable characters, good storyline and engaging enough to really keep you interested. I would recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book tremendously 10 February 2017
By Kristi E. Jalics - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book tremendously....I am sad the author has not written more with these characters. Hope she will soon. I love learning about other places from books, and knew nothing of Fiji. I hope I have the chance to learn more!
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me forget my problems for awhile. 14 June 2017
By Linda Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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For a first novel, this is a great storytold. I am, like at least one other reader . . . wishing for more titles in the series. My best comment will be that I will get on a list for notification for the next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and thought-provoking murder mystery 6 December 2016
By Debbie Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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 Susina (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.