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I must confess that some time ago I put this book on my kindle, because I saw that it is set on a tropical island and I definitely wanted a story like that, as it was a snowy winter here where I live. But I only read it now (although it's still late spring snow outside, so not much has changed) and I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a really good story.This is a variation on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - an island, a limited number of people (although they know each other) and a p...
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.I don't know why I picked up this book. I was craving another historical mystery but as I sat on the floor surrounded by books that I'd read the first page of this book practically leapt at me from its shelf. I absolutely loved it. It was filled with what I love best, a MC with a stiff upper-lip, a closed-room mystery, and an outside threat looming on the horizon.As I stated above the MC had a stiff upper-lip. I absolutely love that in a character; it makes the...
This is my favourite type of whodunnit, cozy mystery--a pool of murder suspects gathered together on an isolated island or in an isolated mansion. In this case, the setting was an isolated island, which should have been an idyllic, relaxing vacation spot with luxurious amenities. But, the problem was a cold-blooded murderer was among the guests and it was up to Henrie O to figure out who the culprit was.I flew through this book fairly quickly and would have rated it a little higher, except for H...
Henrietta O'Dwyer ("Henrie O") Collins is a heroine worthy of a series, a brassy former reporter who still knows the questions to ask and how to ask them to get to the bottom of a story. Although the book itself was ultimately likable and not a regrettable read, parts of the plot just felt...overdone. Being called to a private island (Island Clue, anyone?) to solve an attempted murder that ends up being successful, and then being marooned on said island with said murderer (whose identity hasn't
Henrie O gets a call from her old lover that he needs help, so she flies to his island. Once there, she learns he fears for his life, and sure enough he is murdered during a storm. Trapped on the island with a killer, can Henrie figure out who done it? A good puzzler that would make Christie proud. My only complaint was the ending was rushed, and the book deserved better.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
A light read, but enjoy Henrio O more than the Death On Demand series. She is an older heroine, but knows how to solve a crime. If you've been reading a great deal of serious literature, this is a fun little piece of mind candy.
a nice little whodunit - i am a big fan of carolyn hart's death on demand series, but i must say, i'm rather taken by henrie O - good plot and interesting characters
Our story started with the main character, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, or Henrie O, helping an old lady from being scammed by a con-artist.Then, she received a call from her old friend, and implied ex-lover, Chase Prescott. He asked for her help, someone was trying to kill him. Prescott was a multi-millionaire business magnate with a lot of enemies, and instead reporting everything to the authority like every other sane person would, he decided to gather all the people whom he suspected to want h...
It's kind of like reading first-person Agatha Christie, but with that special something you often get from stories told by characters who are/were reporters.
Nice easy cozy mystery with an older MC. Enjoyed it.
Synopsis: few respond to an attempt on their life with an invitation to try again. One did. He's counting on Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins to stop it.
I guess this falls into "cozy mystery" although I'm not always on top of sub-genres. To me, it read like modern day Agatha Christie. Which is a compliment from me, at least, as I've read all of Christie and enjoyed it thoroughly. Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, intrepid reporter turned novelist, is doing well in her later years (Hey, she calls herself an old lady in the book). She gets a call from someone she used to know, Chase Prescott, who has gone on to become ridiculously wealthy, building a med...
When arrogant media magnate Chase Prescott is nearly killed by a box of cyanide-laced candy, he dials his long-ago lover, retired newshound Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins, with a simple request: He’ll assemble all the suspects if Henrie O will kindly point out the would-be murderer. It’s a case—her first—that fills Henrie O with grave misgivings, especially when she arrives on Chase’s private island off the South Carolina coast to meet the players in this deadly drama. Among Prescott’s unstable young...
This book was a suspense mystery, but it reminded me more of the game or movie "Clue", except rather than it being in a mansion, it was on an isolated island in the path of a hurricane. The multi-millionaire, Chase Prescott, invites his old friend and ex-lover, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins--Henrie O--to the island--his island--where he has invited a strange group of people. His lawyer, his step-son, his assistant, an elderly actress and several others, including his much younger (and second) wife t...
I've had this book for a very long time, and just now got around to reading it. I didn't realize what I was missing. Basically a locked room mystery, the setting and characters were superbly drawn, and I felt that I was on that island with them, awaiting my unavoidable doom. While Dame Christie still holds my heart for the island mystery, this was an excellent book by a superb writer. The tension built at the perfect pace to the surprising conclusion. I will admit that I was reading the end of t...
If you are an Agatha Christie fan, you will love Henrie O. aka as Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins. A 60-something retired journalist turned author is invited by an old flame to a house party on a private island off the coast of South Carolina. Behind the invitation is a murder attempt on Chase Prescott's life and his belief that only Henrie O.'s unique investigative talents can uncover which family member or friend is behind the attempt. Meanwhile, a hurricane is bearing down on the island which has n...
1 island off the coast of South Carolina owned by media magnate Chase Prescott and a small group of his nearest and dearest. Chase has asked his dear friend Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins to come to the island to figure out who is trying to kill him. Someone tried to kill Prescott with a poisoned piece of his favorite candy. However instead of calling the police he wants Henie O' to figure things out. Each person who could have possibly had the means or motive to do this is now on "Dead Mans" island
The main character is Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, a famous reporter now a best selling novelist. She is asked by a friend, Chase Prescott, to find out who is trying to murder him. Chase has invited some people to his private island off the coast of South Carolina and it is there that Henrie O begins to ask questions. Everything comes together as the island is torn apart in a hurricane. Am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. The book was a quick easy read.
this was an excellent mystery, I loved Henrie O and found her fully three-dimensional. I enjoyed the other characters and I could not predict what was going to happen. The last part of the book is non-stop action and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a nightmare (view spoiler)[ about the snakes! (hide spoiler)]. I liked this much more than the books in Death on Demand, which is Ok (readable) but too light weight. Henrie O feels like a real person to me.
This is the first book from this author and I loved it! The background of all the several characters seemed well to fit within the storyline. Plus the author's extensive descriptions helped form an interesting mystery. The greatest thrill for me was the unexpected ending, and just when you thought it was finished, there was yet another explanation. Looking forward to obtaining other books by the author, and easy to understand why she was given several awards.
I love this series. I admire Henri O and don't co sider her busy body. There is something about the way she goes about finding the killer that seems natural. This book kept me listening into the night because I wanted to know what would happen. I was not disappointed.
Just too light for me ... more a "Cozy Mystery" than a thriller or penetrating mystery ... summer beach read at best ... wasn't awful just not my style.
2.5 stars but rounded up. I normally like cozy mysteries books but didnt really care for Henrie O. I didnt dislike her but didnt have much interest. I didn't really care who was the guilty one.
Almost 4!An interesting detective in form of the smart and tough now-retired reporter.And a decent mystery too.
I really didn't care for this book.
I love Henrie O! Wish she would write more of these.
Felt like I was going through this hurricane with the characters!!
A little to slow paced for me. I found it more interesting about the last 50 pages. The main character I found interesting with her unique experiences but during this story kind of boring.
I really enjoyed this book. These are the books I typically like, a murder mystery on some sort of island. This book hit the mark, I can't wait to read the rest of the Henry O. series.
The hurricane scene is one of the most intensely written scenes I have ever read.