Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: Mystery Amateur Sleuth
Deadly Alibi, Jan 2000, $17.99, 208 pp.
Sally and Peter Malone struggle with more than just the unbearable grief of losing their daughter. The couple feels guilt. Sally’s last words with her daughter were ugly and said in anger. Overwhelmed with their individual despondency, they begin to drift apart, but agree to try to regain their lives by sailing to the Caribbean on an extended vacation.
They dock on a small island and quickly become immersed in the lives of the other boat people stopping there. Rita, a boat dolly, is murdered. Sally becomes upset because the deceased is the same age as her own daughter. Obsessed, Sally begins to make inquires that brings her to the attention of the culprit, who decides to kill her too.
Though BOAT DOLLIES is Joyce Holland’s debut novel, the story shows that she is a talented author. The description of life on a Caribbean island will leave her audience wanting to go on an immediate trip. However, it is the depiction of the fringe culture consisting of “boat people” that makes this a unique tale. The mystery is interesting and believable, but the story belongs to the BOAT DOLLIES and their counter culture lifestyle. This novel is meant for a mystery audience who wants something fresh and unique in their reading material.
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