This book is fast-paced, well-planned, and steeped in the sort of detail that only becomes significant hundreds of pages later. The mystery is so well-played that I didn't figure out anything until she revealed it to me. The characters are extremely well-drawn and sympathetic. All in all, this was an astonishing book. It's like getting an early Christmas present: There are six more of these! Oct 23, Vasilia rated it really liked it. Loved it to bits, despite a struggling to keep up with a wildly shifting plot, and b Rita's dyslexia which meant she used wrong words for things and I didn't always pick up on it.
Great character, definitely of the 80s - it confused me the first few times she mentioned striping her face, but apparently that was a thing. She's small and tough and deals with casual sexism in an odd but fair-enough kind of way. Did not guess the murderer and still am not entirely sure why they dunnit, but it was a Loved it to bits, despite a struggling to keep up with a wildly shifting plot, and b Rita's dyslexia which meant she used wrong words for things and I didn't always pick up on it.
Did not guess the murderer and still am not entirely sure why they dunnit, but it was a fun ride all the same. May 23, Mackay rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. For me, Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles rate among Best Books Ever; I knew she had some mysteries but had never found them--then, thank heavens for Kindle. Alternatively titled "Tropical Issue. A fun book. Which didn't prevent me feeling compelled to sit all day to devour it all over again, despite have half a memory of who were the baddies, who the goodies. Tension racks an already teasing story higher and higher with each succeeding page.
Jun 18, Denise rated it liked it. I'm used to Dunnett making me work hard, but I thought her whodunnits would be easier. Granted, starting with the sixth in the series because it was the only one available from interlibrary loan adds to the learning curve, but the combination of mid-century British slang and the narrator's haphazard spelling made just deciphering the prose a challenge, never mind the plot.
Still, it was fun. The runaway sledge, the sexy flowers, the peek at classic movie makeup effects and animal training, the I'm used to Dunnett making me work hard, but I thought her whodunnits would be easier. The runaway sledge, the sexy flowers, the peek at classic movie makeup effects and animal training, the hydrologic features of tropical islands, all Dunnett's patented mix of comedy, drama, characterization and education, even including a parrot.
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I'll read the others - if I can find them. Jul 13, Peter rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Narrator is a dyslexic Scottish make up artist estranged from her father and siblings who are running a coke smuggling operation through a banana company. Felt like I was reading a book in a foreign language because most of the cultural references and a lot of the language went past me, but half the fun was figuring out what is going on in addition to trying to understand the whodunnit aspect of the book.
Not sure if I will continue with the series. The main characters are interesting but it seems a little dated. I always did like Rita best of all the Dolly Birds - punkish, dyslexic make-up artist deeply unimpressed by JJ and his various ways.
Still, though, this voyage some things don't sit quite right, such as Rita's apparent homophobia it's probably just her resentment at JJ being expressed through the casual contemporary homophobic language because of the s I always did like Rita best of all the Dolly Birds - punkish, dyslexic make-up artist deeply unimpressed by JJ and his various ways. Still, though, this voyage some things don't sit quite right, such as Rita's apparent homophobia it's probably just her resentment at JJ being expressed through the casual contemporary homophobic language because of the sort of hilarious comic misunderstanding that were the primary utility of homosexuality in various forms of fiction at the time and an incredibly cringey bit involving blackface and imitated pidgin dialect.
Aside from that, there's a twisty complicated thriller involving murder and drug smuggling and assorted tropical islands, and it's all good fun and there's a brilliantly nasty and tense bit where they get hijacked on the edge of a tropical storm that's about to turn into a hurricane that's worth getting through the now-cringey bits. Oh dear, totally different than the Lymond Chronicles but with typical Dunnett convoluted plotting and totally engrossing characters and humor. I laughed so hard in places my sides hurt. Other times I was totally blown away by the drama and danger.
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She meets Johnson Johnson and his yacht Dolly. I decided to read all Ms Dunnett's Johnson Johnson books in order, which meant that I had to read this one first. I've read this one before, as Dolly and the Bird of Paradise, and enjoyed it.
This time was no different. A great mystery, and even though I'd read it before - admittedly a while ago - I had no idea of who the bad guy s were or why they'd killed Kim-Jim. Recommended for fans of great mysteries and interesting characters. These mysteries are dated and maybe hard to find, but they are wonderful. I don't like mysteries, but I loed these. Jun 06, Helen rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Interesting mystery and intrigue.
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