Captain's Island is not far from civilisation as one measures space. Dealing with the less tangible medium of custom, it is--or was--practically beyond perception.
James Miller did not know this. When he had thought at all of his friend Anderson's new winter home he had pictured the familiar southern resort with hotels and cottages sheltering Hammonds peerage, and a seductive bathing beach to irritate the conservative. So he sent a telegram from Allairville, instructing Anderson to meet him in Martinsburg and conduct him to the revels of his tropical resort. As a matter of fact it was this wire, dispatched with such smiling anticipation, that became the leash by which he was drawn into the erratic, tragic, and apparently unaccountable occurrences which at the time added immeasurably to the lonely island's evil fame.
An Engaging Read
I really loved this book! It is the first time I've ever read this author but if I have my way, I'll read the other five he's written.
I was totally charmed by this story. It had all the elements that make a good, traditional ghost story without clinking chains, silly women wandering halls with candles, and things that go bump in the night. Instead, Camp builds suspense by making the island as much a character as the people and he provides an intelligent cast of characters determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, regardless of the cost to themselves.