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Entry Island [Kindle Edition]

Peter May
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Book Description

IF YOU FLEE FATE...

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.

FATE WILL FIND YOU...

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.


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'One of the best-regarded crime series of recent years' INDEPENDENT on The Lewis Trilogy

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IF YOU FLEE FATE... FATE WILL FIND YOU...
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 Sime's 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 the could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782062203
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIFS5T6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

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

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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126 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The blood is strong." 5 Dec. 2013
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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 Sûreté 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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
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 Île 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 11 Dec. 2013
By Joanne
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I have read Peter May's Lewis Trilogy, as well as the China Thriller series - I was not disappointed with Entry Island - loved it! Again island life and scenery - as in the Lewis Trilogy - has been written so beautifully, and so descriptive, I just want to see these places first hand, just to smell the sea air and feel the wind. The story line in Entry Island kept me gripped from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed 3 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I came to this novel with high expectations, having read Peter May's Lewis trilogy of crime novels. Entry Island is ok but nothing like as good. The starting point is a murder on a remote island off the East coast of mainland Canada. Interwoven with the contemporary murder are the diaries of a 19th-century immigrant from the island of Lewis. I did not feel that the links between past and present were strong enough to warrant the space given to the diaries: it seemed to me that two very different books, a historical novel and a modern crime novel, had been insufficiently brought together. The central modern character is an insomniac policeman and his emotional instability started to irritate me long before the end of the book. The final denouement I found unconvincing. On the other hand, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions in the diaries of the time of the Highland Clearances, and of the appalling conditions those who emigrated to Canada had to endure; and also the way Peter May conveyed the atmosphere of life in a contemporary remote island community.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 14 Dec. 2013
By Linda s
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ENTRY ISLAND by Peter May
Long awaited for and did not fail to deliver. Could not put down. Two stories entwined brilliantly.
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I first read Peter Mays trilogy set on the Isle of Lewis and liked them enough to read Entry Island which is set in similar settings off the coast of Canada. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I enjoyed this book and can recommend it. The story is related to history even though there is a fiction element with the murder investigation.
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Interesting plot and characters. A thriller with a twist, with a strong sense of history and belonging. I couldn't put it down. It will appeal to a wide range of readers. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel
A great stand alone novel in the Peter May canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite author
I am amazed at how clever Peter May is. Every one of his books take you on a journey through life, and if you read one of his stories, you will soon be back for more.
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