THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER BY FRANCES LLOYD – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY JOFFE BOOKS ON 14th OCTOBER 2019

SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE

Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand.

One of them is a ruthless killer.

Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off from civilization.

IT’S A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR MURDER

First, one victim is poisoned, followed swiftly by another. Then a woman is found badly beaten in a quiet cove and a body is found in a grotto to St Sophia, the island’s patron saint. The island’s visitors are being picked off one by one. Can Jack uncover the truth before the killer ups the ante?

Who will return home — and who will be sacrificed to the island?

MEET THE DETECTIVES
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money-laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
Book 2: THE BLUEBELL KILLER
Book 3: THE SHETLAND KILLER
Book 4: THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
Book 5: THE MOON KILLER

Frances Lloyd was born in Essex but spent a nomadic childhood being carted between RAF stations until mercifully, she was allowed a crack at a proper education in Cheltenham, studying English and Classics. As an adult, she became something of a wandering minstrel with no physical or spiritual roots apart from work.

Frances has always been a writer. The job that paid the mortgage was in government communications, writing speeches and other parliamentary material for various politicians. She also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer but her ambition was always to write crime novels.

She began writing fiction to unwind at the end of a frantic day. She started by entering short story competitions and won several prizes. From there, she became a regular fiction writer for Woman’s Weekly and occasionally writes for the magazine under the pseudonym “flloyd”. But the Holy Grail was always to write a crime novel.

Finally, she gave up the day job, bought an acre of land in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland and built a house around her laptop. She now writes full time and has published four crime novels.

Married three times but now a widow, Frances’ hobbies are reading, wine tasting and dancing.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This reminded me of Julie Wassmer’s books as the descriptions of the area are lovely so you can imagine you are on a greek island and yes sometimes the food does look ‘different’ for want of a better word!  The characters were great and you felt like you knew them, they really went well with this nice soft crime which I must say is very popular now. This was the first book I had read from the author and the first in this series with Inspector Jack Dawes. I have to admit I still did not guess who the murderer was and was surprised at the end but what a great ending, I love it when all the loose ends are tied up. A great book for the summer read on the beach.

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