A prestigious school on Guernsey is set to hold a reunion for the class of 1989. The famous alumni include an actress, a chef, a cabinet minister and a US senator. Tension is high when a bomb hoax suggests there could be danger ahead…
Secrets on the Island is the 8th book in the wonderful DI Liam O’Reilly series of crime and detecive thrillers.
Liam is deeply sceptical about the ‘celebrities’ and their need for protection, but murder is something he cannot ignore! He doesn’t think it is his role to act as security although he steps up eagerly when the bomb hoax and death imply the start of a serious threat. Once the attendees arrive, his frustrations resurface as they are obviously keeping secrets even though it endangers them.
Once again Liam’s character shines as authentic with a wonderful humour that reflects off the other characters. His personal and professional relationships are strongly covered through the dialogue. There are some wonderful turns of phrase especially towards Andy Stone who Liam really doesn’t like, and Liam isn’t afraid of speaking up against his superior officers.
The pace is as fast as the rest of the series and I was gripped by the events on the island. Chapters are quite short which helps the pace flow quickly and the book is dialogue led to show the nuances of the characters rather than acres of description. There were some brilliant jokes: one by Summi and other one liners by a comedian. This was quick to read as I couldn’t put it down due to being completely absorbed by the characters and plot.
Secrets on the Island is a great addition to one fo my favourite book series ever!
SECRETS ON THE ISLAND (Detective Liam O’Reilly book 8)
School reunions are not something Detective Inspector Liam O’Reilly is particularly fond of.
But when a man is murdered days before the reunion of a prestigious school on the island he’s forced to get involved.
The guests attending the reunion are reluctant to talk and O’Reilly knows not everything is as it seems.
A famous actress, a celebrity chef, a controversial author, a US senator, an English MP and a whole host of other public figures happened to attend the school in the class of ’89.
When more guests at the reunion are murdered, O’Reilly finds himself in the middle of the most bizarre mystery he’s ever encountered.
It appears some secrets are worth dying for.
What readers are saying about SECRETS ON THE ISLAND
As always I just could not put this read down full of banter and action with lots of turn arounds but that’s what I enjoy in a book. – Booklover Bev
SECRETS ON THE ISLAND kicks off with an ominous, ghastly discovery in the lead up to a celebratory extravaganza. The mystery creates an all pervasive atmosphere of foreboding. Hair-raising suspense keeps the pages flying by. Riveting chapters will have you at the edge of your seat, right up to the Poirot-like finish.- Eileen
I thought this an enjoyable and riveting read. The tension slowly builds as celebrities meet for a school reunion, but the reader has no idea what will happen – if anything, as its all a question of security. – Carol
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
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DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
1 – The Enigma
2 – Dropzone
3 – The Raven Girl
Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set
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Horror – The Divide
Thriller – The Ghostwriter
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Stewart Giles – Author Bio
After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.
In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.
3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.
The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.
I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.
After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brought together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.
The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.
The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow. I also have another series featuring an Irish detective who relocated to Guernsey. The first 8 books in the Detective Liam O’Reilly series are now available. There are also 3 stand alone novels.