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Publisher's Summary

Peregrine Island is the recipient of the following eight literary awards:  

  • 2017 Winner of the New York City Big Book Award for Mystery 
  • 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist in General Fiction for Fiction, for Literary, and for Mystery & Suspense 
  • 2017 Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Fiction: Northeast 
  • 2017 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction by Independent Press Awards 
  • 2017 International Book Awards Finalist for Literary Fiction 
  • 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Fiction
  • 2017 Bronze Award for US Northeast Fiction from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards  
  • 2018 Reader Views Literary Award Finalist and Honorable Mention for Adult - Fiction 

Contradictory relationships within troubled families are nothing new, but the award-winning psychological novel written by well-known journalist Diane B. Saxton elevates these relationships and the mysterious heirloom painting that both exposes and unites them to an art form. 

Peregrine Island interweaves the stories of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it - including kill. 

Lush with sensory details, this psychologically complex mystery novel is set on a private island in the middle of Long Island Sound. It begins when the family’s lives are turned upside down one summer by so-called art experts, who appear on the doorstep of their isolated home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with two other paintings are discovered behind the painting in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation and detectives are called into the case - but not by the family whose members grow increasingly antagonistic toward one another. 

During the course of the inquiry and as the summer progresses, the family members discover new secrets about one another and new facts about their past. Above all, they learn that neither people nor paintings can be taken at face value. 

©2016 Diane B. Saxton (P)2018 Diane B. Saxton

Critic Reviews

"I think the Shakespeare & Co. narrators - Aspenlieder, Calkins and May...three critically acclaimed actors who have made their mark in film, television and on-stage - and the intelligent writing created really great chemistry together, and I’m sure AudioFile will pick up on that.” (BMA Audio)

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I downloaded this novel for a long car ride to the beach, a summertime ritual that was enhanced by this enchanting story. The three main characters, a grandmother, daughter and granddaughter, are superbly developed, swapping chapters for each point of view to be shared as a mystery unfolds. And if you've ever spent any amount of time on the shores of the northeast and experienced the variety of weather patterns, then the carefully illustrated setting, an old house on an island, will strike a hauntingly familiar chord. Perfect primer for my own wild shores this August.

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  • JG
  • 07-01-18

Nod off on Peregrine Island

I had such hopes for this novel. Sounded just the sort of story I like but I am disappointed. I have 2 hours left to listen and it is so slow. If you like the kind of story set in one room, one location with a few characters where you plod through the story and the characters in minuscule detail then this is for you. Every tiny look and thought is described in excruciating detail and with two hours left, nothing has really happened. I've got to keep going because I keep thinking surely something must happen, there must be some meaning to these people. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised. American narration is a slow drawl but it fits with the story. The child's voice is awful but luckily her chapters are short.