Review: Dead Man’s Island

Posted August 2, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews/ 6 Comments

Review: Dead Man’s IslandDead Man's Island by Carolyn G. Hart
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Published by Crimeline Source: Public Library
June 1st 1994 | Pages: 352
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Arrogant media magnate Chase Prescott has invited a would-be murderer to try again, while also issuing an urgent summons to the one person he trusts to point out the potential killer...his long-ago colleague and lover, retired newshound Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins. After a lifetime covering disasters and revolutions, Henrie O is more than content to confine her energy to writing mysteries. Her feelings of unease only increase when she arrives at Chase's house on his private island off the South Carolina coast. It seems that Chase, with his usual confidence, never called the police when cyanide-laced candy nearly killed him in his New York home. Instead, he has assembled on Dead Man's Island everyone who could have planted the lethal dose. When Chase barely escapes a spray of bullets on a secluded beach, Henrie O unearths a will, an insurance policy, and an unauthorized biography that could give any one of Chase's circle an even graver motive for murder. As a killer hurricane sweeps up from Cuba to maroon the lot of them in this vacation hell, Henrie O gets closer to the truth and narrows in on the real mystery.

Every cozy mystery series is dependent on a strong investigative character. Here are

5 Great Things About Henrie O
  1. She has had an exciting life as a journalist, traveling the world and meeting interesting, powerful people who she can call on for advice and information.
  2. Henrie looks back on her relationship with Chase fondly, but with no regret. She reflects on ways Chase had changed over 40 years, and how the behaviors she is seeing had their seeds in the time they were together.
  3. Although Henrie is somewhere around seventy years old, she doesn’t whine about the signs of aging she notices in herself. She deal with things and doesn’t let it stop her from doing what she wants.
  4. She fights for what is right. Even though it’s not part of the mystery or her job, when Henrie discovers that the housekeeper is abused by her husband she does something about it, and is horrified that Chase knew for years and did nothing.
  5. Now widowed and retired, she has a second career and gained some fame as a mystery writer.

Dead Man’s Island is smarter and more focused than some other cozy mysteries I have read, and a lot of that is how Ms. Hart has written her myster-solving journalist. I look forward to reading more of this series.

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