Perfume Island – Magali Rousseau Mystery Series, Book 2
Themes & Genres: Mystery, Crime
People come out here, they do things they wouldn’t do back home…
All they wanted was a quiet evening together. Then came the phone call. And a chain of events which would take Magali Rousseau into the sinister heart of the tropical island of Mayotte. Where a gloss of beauty hides a tangle of contradictions and fears. Where the scent of perfume covers the stench of poverty. And where Magali goes on a perilous search for the truth.
In 2011, Mayotte became France’s 101st department. Generosity? Or the cynical occupation of a colony?
Perfume Island – a mystery story where the setting itself is a mystery. A geopolitical oddity seething with tension. A wonderland waiting to explode. And everyone is paying the price.
What I think of the book:
This is not a book that I’d usually pick up (mostly because the cover doesn’t do anything for me and I wouldn’t notice it amongst others), but I’m glad I got a copy.
It’s been a while since I’ve read about a woman solving crimes, unless it was a Cozy Mystery. And let me tell you something: Perfume Island is not a Cozy Mystery. If you are looking for giggles, and romance, and perhaps a bit of magic – it seems to be a common theme in that genre – then pass up on this book; if you are in search of a more serious setting and characters, then check this novel out.
It’s the second in the Magali Rousseau series, but it follows a new mystery so you can read it without having perused the first one. The only thing you’ll miss out on is how Magali and Charlotte – the other MC, met and formed the relationship they have in this novel.
Perfume Island has some clichés – “You’ll never get away with this!”, “You are too smart for your own good.”, etc. – but as you might know, I’m not entirely opposed to them. I’m not sure when was the last time I’ve watched a cop/detective movie or read a book about solving crime that didn’t involve those two lines in particular. As long as most of the movie/book is good, I’m fine with them.
I liked the writing style here. The story wasn’t rushes and took its time to progress, but one of the characters was inconsistent. She’d just been through something traumatic though, so I’ll put it down to that.
The times that I was not invested in the book weren’t actually because of that character, but because the novel got a little too political for me. Don’t worry, it’s not all politics; it’s just s few scenes in which we are told about the tensions between the different groups of people so we’d better understand what’s going on in Mayotte.
Overall though, Perfume Island is a read to check out when you are in a mood for murder and some detective work.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Perfume Island to people who want a non-Cozy Mystery with a female lead.
My rating: (4 out of 5 magnifying glasses)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? I’ve downloaded the first book in the Magali Rousseau series – One Green Bottle, which, by the way, is free on Amazon (link takes you straight to the book).
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
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