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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the ITV Crime Thriller Award Best Read 2014

Winner of the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year 2014

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.

Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion, with the victim's wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met.

Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime's conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt, he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professonal duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.

©2013 Peter May (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
"A wonderfully complex book. Halfway through I was sitting up late at night, knowing I should be asleep but wanting to know more” (Peter James)
“From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer” (Sophie Hannah)
“He is a terrific writer and doing something different” (Mark Billingham)
“The characters were wonderfully compelling” (Kate Mosse)

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Another excellent story from Peter May

This is a stand alone story from Peter May, with a good plot driven core and an interesting historical backdrop. The narration is perfect. The characters are full of body. We enjoyed it and will be seeking out more of Peter May's work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love this narrator!

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

I loved Peter Forbes's depiction of the different characters through his voice. The different accents for the different characters really helped bring the story to life! I have never heard such wonderful narration in an audio book - I will be looking for other books narrated by Mr. Forbes.

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Intriguing story. I thought it was going to be a fantasy-time travel story, with the main character's connection to his great-great-great grandfather. Great combination of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. I hope to find more books like this on Audible.com.

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  • Marj
  • Centreville, NS, Canada
  • 08-26-17

oops, need to hear it twice to follow

I nearly missed the real ending, thinking the story was over. Oops unexpected tidy up.

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History Comes Alive!

A fitting read as Remembrance Day approaches! Stop and look around at our beloved country. This book will reaffirm the struggles, determination, pride and the hell that was wrought by our ancestors to provide a decent life for their family. Bless them and remember their contribution to what we have now.

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Fantastic story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great narration with all the accents!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the flashbacks taking us back to the Isle of Lewis and Harris

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favorite?

Simon, of course

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  • Mikey
  • 02-26-14

Good stuff!

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Before I review this book, I think we should get the question styled reviews outlawed, this is not a book club, like this review if u agree!

Great book, great characters, different storyline and I'd read again gladly. This cleverly written novel goes back and forth between two story lines; a murder set in the present day and how the detective's ancestors are linked with the victim's wife.
This book had me hooked from the start and I must have finished it in less than five sittings. I loved how the author came up with the history of the ancestors to the main police officer, insomniac and Scottish born Sime Mckenzie, and how this re;lated to a recent murder on the mysterious and desolate Entry Island. It had me hooked and guessing and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. Sometimes the ending can be a disappointment when the story has been built up throughout the book with so many possible outcomes, but I was very pleased in this case and I would recommend this book to anyone!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • kate
  • 01-06-14

A wonderful way to start a new year

I am so glad that I listened to this book rather than read it. Peter Forbes is excellent at portraying the characters and evoking the mood of the time. On the frigid Canadian prairie where the wind chills went to -50c this past week, it made for perfect listening. A profoundly moving book that brings to life what horrors must have been endured during the Highland clearances and also as waves of Scots made their forced voyage to Canada.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • 12-30-13

I didn't want it to end

Where does Entry Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top five listens, it was one of those books which had me wondering about the characters even when I wasn't listening and couldn't wait to get back to it each day.

What other book might you compare Entry Island to, and why?

The Killing which also had me gripped from the start.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

Everything, his accents were believable, each character was so easy to identify, one of the best narrations I have listened to. A poor narrator can occasionally spoil an otherwise good listen but Peter Forbes was exceptionally good and I will look forward to his reading again.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really no, just a thoroughly enjoyable tale.

Any additional comments?

I was really surprised to see one very negative comment published, for me anyway this is probably the best book for 2013.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 01-24-14

Atmosphheric, melancholy and moving

If you've listened to/read Peter May's Lewis trilogy you'll know how the author can create a powerful atmosphere as a backdrop to a story. Entry Island starts as a modern crime story set in a sparsely populated French-speaking island but then the narrative switches back and forth to the time of the Highland clearances in the Western Isles. Gradually parallels between the two main characters in Canada and two in the 19thC Scotland emerge underlined by them having the same names, which does slightly confuse at times, though the narrator helps a lot by changing from Canadian to Scottish accents. It's a book that gets better as one gets drawn into the atmosphere of the islands and the lives of the people. Melancholy pervades the book: the modern characters through failed relationships and the earlier generation struggling against the weather, isolation, poverty and injustice. The sections dealing with the cruelties of the Highland Clearances are particularly grim. Though not a happy book it is well worth listening to as it is not just another crime story but a multi-layered novel combining history, geography and vicissitudes of human experience.

30 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 01-23-14

Another stoater!,

Having read the most excellent Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and the Chess Men trilogy I thought I would give this a go as it's by the same author. He did not disappoint I loved this. I could listen to this narrator forever his accents are phenomenal.
The story is based on the terrible injustice suffered by the people in the north of Scotland after the Highland Clearances their voyages by sea to settle far from home in Canada and what happened thereafter.
You can't go wrong with this author - could you just hurry up and write some more as I have to keep re reading these books!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • JANE WILSON
  • 01-16-14

A GOOD READ

Any additional comments?

I can't stand these "Question" style reviews. This is NOT a reading group.
After reading the Lewis trilogy, I acquired all of Peter May's books, and have almost read them all. This book is just as well written as the others, and the plot is OK. But for some reason, it lacked the intensity of the others. Still worth reading though. Narrator was excellent.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Charlie
  • 01-12-14

Exceeded our expectations!

Where does Entry Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very close to the Bob Skinner series! The mental pictures of the couontry side, both on the Isle of Lewis and on the Entry Island in Canada brought back powerful memories of our visits to both places in our younger days!It does take a wee while to "get into the story" but, it is well worth it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sime Mackenzie both the detective and the historical figure with the same name is my favourite character.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene we most enjoyed was the sailing ship at the Glasgow docks in the 1800s, where the two young people were running away, to make a new life together. We could "see" the bustling crowds and "hear" the sounds of a busy port.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

By the end, it was one of the few books which we intended to listen to again, in one sitting to make sure we didn't miss anything! Our start was a little bit here and a little bit there - which made it a bit disjointed as the story moved from the past to the present.

Any additional comments?

The characters came to life in the reading by Peter Forbes. Scottish, Canadian, Gaelic, men, women and children were all seamlessly woven together as the fabric of the story!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • EJS
  • 01-11-14

Another classic.

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I LOVED this book - both the story and the fantastic narration. When's the next one coming out?

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • 12-18-13

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Entry Island the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed the past and future intertwining, was done very well good atmosphere and well paced.
Felt like you moved quickly and easily across continents and centuries with intelligent narrative and a beautifully painted picture of each area.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes listened to it very quickly, disappointed it was over.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 07-21-14

Predictable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It needs better pace and more character development. It's a bit 'thin'.

What was most disappointing about Peter May’s story?

The irritating use of modern knowledge/language in the ancestor's narrative and his all-singing, all dancing, self-proclaimed superhero status.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Investigating the "man-child".

What character would you cut from Entry Island?

The ex-wife.

Any additional comments?

I'm a bit bewildered by the good reviews on this. Just not to my taste I suppose.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Perpetual student
  • 02-07-16

History, genealogy and mystery interwoven into a riveting tale

This book had me searching the internet for more history of both the Hebridean islands and early immigration to Canada. Normally a reader of crime fiction this book did this and so much more. A great read and I will now go and look for more Peter May books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Looraine
  • 07-11-15

Great read

Have enjoyed all of Peter May books and the narrative is excellent. I knew little of Canadian history so found this very interesting.

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  • imtralee
  • 03-17-15

great linguistics

excellent narrating in multiple accents very entertaining, even if the ending was just a little predictable.

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  • Ross
  • 06-29-17

Excellent story

The story is well written and narrated enjoyed it right till the excellent ending. Great.

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  • Joanne
  • 02-25-17

Excellent all round

The story and the narrator combine to make this book so enjoyable.

It should be compulsory reading for all as the human resilience it portrays with such deep sensitivity is something we are close to losing. The

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  • Maggie
  • 02-23-17

Language

The descriptions are truely wonderful
One can almost hear the sea feel the spray smell the heather. His use of metaphor simile is to be admired. I
Wish I could write just a little like this author.

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  • Louisa
  • 10-25-16

Intriguing

Well written enjoyable book. very gripping at times. The flashbacks are the best part. Worth a listen.

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  • Jacqui
  • 06-15-16

Another Beauty !

If you could sum up Entry Island in three words, what would they be?

History, Mystery, Depth.

What other book might you compare Entry Island to, and why?

At times the ancient Sime made me think of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series with the first person narrative providing a rich background of Highland life, the clearances, and the journey to a new land as an immigrant. Just brilliant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scenes were those depicted in the diary; life as a tenant under the laird, the hunting of the stag, the journey in steerage, and especially the allocating of lands by lot. Such a wealth of interesting history enmeshed in a beautiful story. My uncle Bob, a Mackenzie, hailed from Lewis and its wonderful to hear stories of his part of Scotland.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes. I listened to it in the car, in bed and every spare moment I could find.

Any additional comments?

A warm thanks once again to both Peter May and Peter Forbes for a brilliant partnership of writing and delivery. Would love to hear more of Sime McKenzie.

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