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Entry Island

Entry Island [Kindle Edition]

Peter May
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When Detective Sime Mackenzie is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland, he leaves behind him a life of sleeplessness and regret.


But what had initially seemed an open-and-shut case takes on a disturbing dimension when he meets the prime suspect, the victim's wife, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met.

And when his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant Scottish past in another century, this murder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence leads him down a path he could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny.

About the Author

Peter May was an award-winning journalist at the age of just twenty-one. He left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series and accruing more than 1,000 television credits. Peter now lives in France where he focuses on writing novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIFS5T6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

- the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
- the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
- the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
and several standalone books, the latest of which is Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK).

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The blood is strong." 5 Dec 2013
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In the tiny community of Entry Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a man has been brutally murdered. The local police don't have the expertise to investigate such a serious crime, so the Quebec Sreté send a team to the island. Unusually for this French-speaking province, the islanders are English-speaking, so his Scottish descent means that Detective Sime Mackenzie is included in the team to carry out interviews. But when Sime (pronounced Sheem) meets Kirsty Cowell, the wife of the victim and the chief suspect, he is struck with an unshakeable feeling that he knows her...although they have never met.

Peter May has been a long-term favourite of mine. As scriptwriter and producer, he was involved in some of the best television produced in Scotland during the '80s and '90s, before returning to his original sphere as a novelist. He has produced three main series of novels since then - his China thrillers, the Enzo Files set in France and most recently the Lewis Trilogy. Always with a steady following, he rocketed into the limelight when the Richard and Judy Bookclub picked The Blackhouse, the first of the Lewis books. (An overnight success story that only took half a lifetime to achieve!)

May's books are always meticulously researched with a very strong sense of place. But since he started writing about Lewis this strength has taken on an extra layer - it feels as if he is really now writing with his heart as well as his head. He spent a good deal of time on Lewis while producing a Gaelic-language drama serial, Machair, and he seems to have absorbed the landscape and the community of this remote and weather-beaten island until it has become an integral part of him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For Entry Island, Peter May crosses the Atlantic from his native Scotland to Canada where he links a classic murder mystery with an account of the Scottish Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th century.

The story takes place in two locations. In the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence a murder has taken place - a wealthy businessman has been knifed to death, the only witness being his wife who is also covered in blood and soon becomes the prime suspect. Two hundred years earlier we read of the forced clearances in the Scottish Outer Hebridean islands and the impact on one man in particular who flees to the Magdalen Islands, initiating a series of events which hold the key to the current murder.

The two stories run alongside each other and readers can see the gradual converging of events without realising quite how they are going to come together. The denouement when it comes is as satisfying as you might expect and left me full of admiration for Peter May's skills as a writer with great skills in managing such a complex, multi-threaded plot.

As is often the case in books like this we have a highly dysfunctional detective in the person of Sime Mackenzie. Sime has had a series of difficult relationships and has recently suffered a broken marriage. He works in Montreal as an investigator and is surprised when he is called to his Captain's office one day to be told that he is to join a team to investigate and apparently open and shut murder case on le d'Entrée, an island in a small archipelago 850 miles away. Much to Sime's dismay, the Captain tells him that the crime scene investigator is his ex-wife Marie-Ange, with whom he now has a very painful relationship.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning setting 16 Jan 2014
Stunning Canadian Murder Mystery

Peter May has used and interesting use of Scottish history of the Highland Clearances of the nineteenth century on modern day murder in Canada. The blend of the historic and the modern at first seem unrelated but as the story builds one is able to see the story coming full circle and that an historic promise of forebears is finally delivered by an investigating detective to the wife of the victim. Who committed the murder? Well you will have to read the book to find that out yourself and there is a wonderful twist that I had not seen coming when the reveal happens.

Detective Sime McKenzie is an English speaking detective in the Montreal Police department and one of those who is completely bilingual, he also happens to be an insomniac. It is not until his captain sends him with a French speaking homicide team to investigate a murder on Entry Island the only English speaking island amongst an archipelago of French speaking islands that the two competing stories really do start to merge together.

For some unknown reason he feels drawn to the murder victims wife Kirsty who he is sure he knows or at least has seen somewhere before. The homicide team really do want to get away from the islands as quickly as they possibly can and it really is through the tenacity of Sime that the murder is solved and the historical and present stories entwine into one.

This for a murder mystery book is actually an enchanting read and I never thought I would say that about any crime novel but it is and it is a great read at the same time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting plot
An interesting read. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this novel. As a Scot we hear much of the Clearances but less of what happened to those who went to Canada and America. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Rhona
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter May never disappoints
There were moments when this book made me feel somewhat uncomfortable. But, as always with this brilliant writer, I was pleased that I overcame those feelings, after all, what has... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Deek Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning read
I started on the Lewis trilogy and loved them. This may be even better. I normally read at least 3 books a week so delighted to find such a great author.
Published 2 days ago by Jon Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing book
I have read the outstanding Lewis trilogy prior to reading Entry Island. Peter did not disappoint with the delivery of this novel. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful about this one
I had read the earlier trilogy and have to say when reading this it was a bit too much of the same. The flitting between past and present didn't help the book flow I felt
Published 5 days ago by alex mcintyre
3.0 out of 5 stars Past and present
The delving back into the (almost fey?) past is not as skilfully handled as in his earlier books. Could be said to be driving the format without due care and attention. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Casey Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Detecting the History of two Scottish Emigrants to Quebec
My only fault with this book (as with the Lewis trilogy - and many other books) is that there are no MAPS. Read more
Published 6 days ago by talmine
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I read the Lewis Trilogy by this author and really enjoyed them. I can't believe this book was written by the same man. Read more
Published 7 days ago by ShirleyM
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring book
I am finding this book so similar to many of his others that I have read, and rather boring, can't wait to finish it and start a new one!.
Published 7 days ago by Hamdon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the Lewis trilogy
I enjoyed the Lewis trilogy but this work is simply not up to the standard. By means of intercalary chapters it links a present day murder on an island in the St Lawrence river... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Logie88
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