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One Blood (Kella & Conchita Mystery 2) Kindle Edition

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The second in a delightfully exotic new crime series set in the Solomon Islands featuring Sergeant Kella and Sister Conchita.

About the Author

For eight years Graeme Kent was Head of Schools broadcasting out in the Solomon Islands so he writes from personal experience of his time out there. Prior to that Graeme taught in six primary schools in the UK, and was headmaster of one. Currently he is Educational Broadcasting Consultant for the South Pacific Commission - and a full time writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLUJY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2013
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This novel is set in the early 60s on the Solomon Islands and it harks back to forgotten innocence. Ben Kella, native policeman and local wiseman, is sent to the western isles to sort out vandalism at a logging camp. In the meantime Sister Conchita is puzzled at the lack of official interest in the death of a tourist at her mission open day. Needless to say the two meet up and bring their different strengths to the investigation. This is a well written enjoyable novel. The characters are well drawn, the local details seem realistic and the plot suits the style of the book - rather meandering and full of 60s politics. Worth a read.
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Few authors are as adept as G. W. Kent in integrating a murder mystery plot, anthroprological and ethnographical detail, and post-WWII history into a single compelling book. One Blood is the second in the series of novels about the unlikely coupling of Sergeant Ben Kella, a policeman in the Solomon Islands Police Force and aofia, a sacred peacemaker for the Lau people, [a combination not to the liking of his superiors], and Sister Conchita, the feisty young American nun.

A short prologue describes the sinking in 1943 of the American PT-109 motor torpedo boat commanded by the young John F. Kennedy in the Western Solomon Islands. This provides the backdrop to the story that takes place in 1960 when Kennedy and Nixon were battling for the US Presidency.

Boston-born Sister Conchita has been sent to the dilapidated mission station on the island of Marakosi to take charge temporarily and encourage its elderly Irish, French and German sisters to modernise. The violent death of an American tourist leads into a story that involves political and industrial intrigue, inter-clan rivalry and much island hopping and paddling. The complex belief systems of the islanders, the tensions between the locals and the ex-pat communities, the environmental consequences of unregulated logging and the rather shambolic rule of the British at the very twilight of the Empire are all beautifully described.

Kent again adopts an approach of allowing successive chapters to describe the activities of the nun and the policeman, only bringing them together later on by which time attempted kidnappings, sacred body piercing, beatings and killings, and two large Emperor rats have been described.
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The setting of the Solomon Islands was new to me, enjoyed the mix of modern day policing and traditional custom. A good bit of escapism at the end of a stressful day.
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I have read the first two in this series and have just brought the third. I suspect I will go onto read them all, which just says how good I think they are. They are well plotted, well written, have great characters, and as icing on the cake - an exotic location. Don't be put off by the low kindle price, these books are worth a lot more. I'm not complaining mind you, but I can't help feel they are priced way to low.
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