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Entry Island [Format Kindle]

Peter May
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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.


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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 swissfan 5 juillet 2014
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Most enjoyable. The description of the Clearances was very well researched and described in harrowing detail. They seem a log time ago, but it is made clear that it was a matter of just a few generations.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entry Island 17 juin 2014
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A good atmospheric read as with all the Peter May Novels and it kept me completely hooked right to the end. However I found the end disappointing, it just, well, ended as if he'd run out of good ideas. The murderer and his motives seemed somewhat trite and implausible after all the build up, as if he'd just been pulled out of a hat conveniently to end the novel. I'd still thoroughly recommend this novel, though, great mystery, it's just the ending that disappoints.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 très bien 6 avril 2014
Par Claire
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C'est toujours un plaisir de lire les livres de Peter May, qui a le don de me faire voyager !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing ! 13 février 2014
Par cryssilda
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Un roman très réussi sur les clearances en Ecosse et la colonisation en Amérique. Avec en plus une très belle histoire, un meurtre, un enquête !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The blood is strong." 6 décembre 2013
Par FictionFan - Publié sur
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In the tiny community of Entry Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a man has been brutally murdered. The local police don't have the expertise to investigate such a serious crime, so the Quebec Sûreté send a team to the island. Unusually for this French-speaking province, the islanders are English-speaking, so his Scottish descent means that Detective Sime Mackenzie is included in the team to carry out interviews. But when Sime (pronounced Sheem) meets Kirsty Cowell, the wife of the victim and the chief suspect, he is struck with an unshakeable feeling that he knows her...although they have never met.

Peter May has been a long-term favourite of mine. As scriptwriter and producer, he was involved in some of the best television produced in Scotland during the '80s and '90s, before returning to his original sphere as a novelist. He has produced three main series of novels since then - his China thrillers, the Enzo Files set in France and most recently the Lewis Trilogy. Always with a steady following, he rocketed into the limelight when the Richard and Judy Bookclub (the UK equivalent of Oprah) picked The Blackhouse, the first of the Lewis books. (An overnight success story that only took half a lifetime to achieve!)

May's books are always meticulously researched with a very strong sense of place. But since he started writing about Lewis this strength has taken on an extra layer - it feels as if he is really now writing with his heart as well as his head. He spent a good deal of time on Lewis while producing a Gaelic-language drama serial, Machair, and he seems to have absorbed the landscape and the community of this remote and weather-beaten island until it has become an integral part of him. As a result, the Lewis Trilogy stood head and shoulders above his previous work, adding a feeling of emotional connection that had perhaps been absent in the previous series. I have been saying for the last few years that the trilogy was his best work. Until now...

Like the Lewis Trilogy, Entry Island has a double time-line - the present day investigation set in Canada, and a historical storyline set on Lewis. Sime, struggling with severe insomnia after the break-up of his marriage, begins to have vivid dreams about stories he was told as a child, of the life of his ancestor, also called Sime, on Lewis - dreams that seem to be connected in some way with his feelings of recognition for Kirsty. Through the original Sime's stories, we are given an account of the hand-to-mouth existence of the crofters, fishing and farming their tiny plots of land with barely enough to sustain their families. We see the very different life lived by the landlords - English-speakers in these Gaelic communities. And Sime tells us about the Highland Clearances - the barbarous and brutal dispossession of crofters already weakened by the potato famine to make way for more profitable sheep-farming. There is a feeling of biting anger in May's writing as he allows Sime to describe the inhumanity of this scar on British history - a history that led to the destruction of communities and a whole way of life, and to the involuntary exile of thousands of Highland Scots to the North American colonies, sent with nothing, to fend as best they could in the New World, if they survived the horrors of the voyage.

As the book progresses, we discover why these childhood memories have been awakened for the present-day Sime and gradually the links between the two time-lines become clearer. The present-day story provides some contrast and relief from the bleakness of the past, and for me present-day Sime is the most filled-out and believable character May has written. The quality of the descriptive writing is first-class and, though some passages are present tense, most of the book is written in the past tense. The plotting of the murder and investigation is well done and it wasn't till near the end that I began to get an inkling of the solution - a solution that I found satisfying on every level.

In my opinion, this is the best book May has ever written and one of the best crime novels I have read - with an authenticity and depth of emotion that reduced this sentimental lowland Scot to tears on more than one occasion. Hard for me to be completely objective about it, but I believe it will be just as effective for non-Scots, who are perhaps not familiar with this small part of history, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing how it gets reviewed elsewhere. Highly recommended.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Quercus.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 After reading the Lewis Trilogy, Peter May is a Must-Buy Author for me 4 janvier 2014
Par Cathy G. Cole - Publié sur
Entry Island is a terrific blending of two story lines: the classic murder investigation in Canada, and the Highland Clearances on the Isle of Lewis in the 18th century. Both are so well written that I couldn't tell you which is the stronger, but I can say that the scenes on the Isle of Lewis are beautiful, brutal, and heartstopping. May has always been a skilled storyteller, but since he's begun writing of the Outer Hebrides, it's as though his heart and his emotions are flowing right onto the page. (His Lewis Trilogy is not to be missed!)

The two story lines run side-by-side, and events gradually converge without any obvious signs of how they're coming together. Sime is the perfect conflicted detective and part of an investigative team that includes his ex-wife-- a very uncomfortable and painful situation. May skillfully creates tension with his two main characters. While Mackenzie is a man the reader wants to support completely, the object of his obsession is clearly not as trustworthy to us as she is to the detective.

The marvelous sensory feast of place (both Scotland and Canada), a strong and intriguing main character, two vivid plot lines... part mystery, part historical novel, part romance... Entry Island is a powerful novel that should not be missed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Contemporary murder mystery, Gothic romance and authentic history in enjoyable mix 27 janvier 2014
Par MonicaT - Publié sur
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If you liked Peter May's Lewis Trilogy (The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen), I think you will enjoy Entry Island as well. This too is a detective novel, but with different characters, and set mainly on another island, in another part of the world: Entry Island, belonging to the Madeleine Islands in the French-speaking province of Quebec in Canada. However, the population on Entry Island (less than 130 people) forms an isolated English-speaking community.

Which is why, when a murder takes place on Entry Island, the police team sent there from Quebec, includes Sime Mackenzie (Sime pronounced Sheem; a Scottish variety of the name Simon), fluent in both languages: English as well as French. One of the other members of the team is his ex-wife, Marie-Ange.

The murder victim is a man named Cowell, who lived on the island; and one of the main suspects is his wife Kirsty. When Sime first meets her, he is struck by a weird feeling of recognition, for which he can't find any logical explanation.

Sime suffers from insomnia since his divorce, and the few hours he manages to doze off at all are filled with weird dreams. On Entry Island, not only does Kirsty Cowell pursue him even into his dreams, but the dreams also become mixed up with memories of stories he was told in his childhood, about his ancestor who emigrated to Canada from the Hebredian Isle of Lewis in the mid 1800s.

Throughout the novel, the perspective shifts between the contemporary murder investigation, and a diary kept by Sime's ancestor (by the same name), who grew up on the Isle of Lewis as the son of a crofter.

While I loved the double or triple layers of mystery as such, to begin with I found myself questioning the old diary entries. Did they not seem a bit too detailed and modern in narrative style? ... Then I remembered Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Charles Dickens; and decided to give up that line of criticism and just enjoy the story!

Reaching the end, I really could not find any reason to give this book any less than five stars. There is a depth to Peter May's storytelling (in this novel as well as in the Lewis trilogy) that goes way past being just entertainment for the moment. These books leave me with a feeling of having "been somewhere", rather than just having read about it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At last a New Author ! 6 mai 2014
Par M.Lois - Publié sur
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No, Peter May is not a new author, but I was looking for one! I love the crime/mystery/thriller genre and must admit to becoming bored with many of the authors I usually read. Same old, same old. But then I found him ...quite by accident, one Peter May, Scottish writer of several novels, plays and TV shows. Once I started reading this stand alone novel (not one of his series), I could not put it down and read "Entry Island" within a couple of days. I loved it. It is fast paced, well thought out and keeps you guessing, all of the things I love about this genre. Above all, unlike some authors of this genre it is extremely well written. The descriptions are fantastic and one feels they are there and very much involved in the drama. I'm not going to tell you the story, because it is so good you need to read it for yourself. I would highly recommend Peter May to all who love this genre, and intend to find and purchase his other books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't miss this great book!! 1 juin 2014
Par Mapol - Publié sur
Mr May spins a wonderful story filled with present day foibles, a complex murder, great characters and last but definitely not least , a relevant retelling of the Highland Clearances that will set your teeth on edge. I have read the Lewis Trilogy and now this fabulous, stand-alone novel and cannot wait for more.
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