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.
Fans of May's Lewis trilogy (The Chessmen, etc.) will welcome this solid standalone, which likewise involves crime on an isolated island. When the Montreal police learn of a murder on Entry Island, an English-speaking outpost of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Det. Sime Mackenzie reluctantly joins his murder-squad teammates on the long flight east. Conveniently, Mackenzie, who's deep into a bout of insomnia stemming from the recent dissolution of his marriage, is the only one fluent in French and English. On the island, wealthy businessman James Cowell is dead, allegedly stabbed by an intruder who tried to attack Cowell's wife, Kirsty. Mackenzie is unusually drawn to Kirsty, a native islander who hasn't left Entry in 10 years; he's positive he's met her before. Mackenzie's dreams of 19th-century Scottish crofters (farmers) and their doomed struggle with powerful landowners, a conflict known as the Highland Clearances, which directly affected his ancestors and perhaps Kirsty's, too, provide a powerful counterpoint to the present-day story line.
The highland clearances were a horrific time In history. This book is very hard to put down. A fascinating tale well worth investing time and money enjoying.
Oh Um story set on Canadian island
Not at all engaging
A great read
Murder and history. Perhaps I enjoyed it because I have ancestors who were cleared from the highlands and who left Ireland during famine. Amid the usual murder mystery PM paints a vivid picture of the cruelty suffering and injustice of that time.