Retired police officer Marjorie Pierce is on her way to Lanzarote to track down her old informer, Billy McKenzie.
Billy ended Marjorie’s career, and she needs an explanation; an apology.
Present and past soon collide when gangsters Eric and Mick Maloney turn up on the island with revenge in their veins, and Marjorie has to race against the clock to get to Billy before the brothers.
But who is complicit and who can be trusted… and who really betrayed Marjorie all those years ago?
A multi-layered mystery packed with suspense, Sing Like A Canary is the fifth book in Isobel Blackthorn’s Canary Islands Mysteries Series, and can be enjoyed as a standalone even if you haven’t read other books in the series.
Canary Islands Mysteries series
- A Matter of Latitude
- Clarissa’s Warning
- A Prison in the Sun
- The Ghost of Villa Winter
- Sing Like a Canary
Great Stand-Alone Read!
Having read and enjoyed Emma’s Tapestry by this author, I was happy to sign up for this one – and it’s every bit as good!
Marjorie Pierce has never been able to forget being let down by her informer, Billy McKenzie. Now retired from the police force, she is on her way to Lanzarote to track him down and find out what happened – and why. When she realises that gangster brothers Eric and Mick Maloney are also on the island, she concludes that they, too, must be hunting for Billy so she better tread carefully – and get to him first. Who can she trust?
This is the first in this series that I’ve read and I love that it is a stand-alone story leaving me free to catch up with the earlier novels. The story of Marjorie and Billy’s professional relationship is revealed throughout the book, and they are both likeable characters. Entwining the present with the past kept me on my toes throughout and the tension ramps up as the tale reaches it’s conclusion. With plenty happening, this is one I enjoyed, and the author is definitely worth a second look. 4*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Blackthorn for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 315 pages
- Publisher: Next Chapter
- Publication Date: 23 October 2021
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Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including gripping mysteries and dark psychological thrillers.
The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Reader’s Favorite book awards. A Prison in the Sun was shortlisted in the LGBTQ category of the 2021 International Book Awards and the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her short story ‘Nothing to Declare’ was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019. Her dark thriller A Legacy of Old Gran Parks won a Raven Award in 2019. The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018.
Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel The Unlikely Occultist and the full biography Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy.
Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Five of her novels are set on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These standalone mystery novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction.
Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including asylum seekers and family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives in rural Victoria, Australia.
- Website: http://www.isobelblackthorn.com
- Twitter: @IBlackthorn
- Facebook: @Isabel Blackthorn, Author