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April 1990. French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud has been living and working in the French Caribbean département of Guadeloupe for more than a decade, but her days are still full of surprises. She is only just starting to investigate the suspicious suicide of a high-profile environmental activist and media personality when she is pulled off the case. Is it because she was getting too close to the truth?

The new case she’s been assigned takes precedence. The naked body of a white woman has been discovered on a beach. The victim’s remains offer no clues about her final hours—she was found without any of her belongings, and it seems she had been dead at least three days before anyone spotted her corpse. What turned this woman’s vacation in paradise into a final nightmare?

As always, the story of a murdered white woman attracts international media attention. The pressure is on Anne Marie to solve the murder quickly, before bad publicity destroys the island’s all-important tourist industry.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] close look at the folk of Guadeloupe and the West Indian culture in general, with its mix of races and lingering colonial resentment of Mother France.”

    Gumshoe Review

  • “Fascinating…The Guadelopue of 1990 is no egalitarian paradise. Although the islands that make up the French colonies may be lush and blessed with pristine beaches, they are a racial, cultural, and political quagmire only the brave and nimble-footed can successfully navigate. Fortunately for the hurting souls seeking her help, Anne Marie Laveaud is up to the task.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “As much social commentary as mystery, this is a crackerjack whodunit from start to finish, as well as a compelling look into one of the last bastions of colonialism in a shrinking world.”

    BookPage

  • “Absorbing…laden with insights about the legacies of colonialism, such as nuanced racism, official corruption, and troubled interactions between men and women.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sharp-witted, French-Algerian Anne Marie is an investigator worthy of a following, and Williams has craftily created her story as a microcosm of Guadeloupe’s social situation, where alienation battles dependence and racial stratification rules. Williams digs deep below the exotic setting’s surface in this nuanced mystery.”

    Booklist

  • “An elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Barbara Rosenblat’s elegant French enunciation and gutsy portrayal of Anne Marie Laveaud make this mystery ever more entertaining…Rosenblat portrays her characters with intriguing verve, adding pizzazz to the plot’s twists and turns. As Laveaud gingerly tiptoes between damaging Guadeloupe’s tourism and getting close to identifying killer’s motives, Rosenblat reveals the strength and courage that are necessary for Laveaud to stay the course.”

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About the Author

Timothy Williams, CWA award-winner, has written five crime novels set in Italy featuring Commissario Piero Trotti. He has also written two novels set in the French Caribbean, Another Sun and The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe. In 2011 the Observer placed him among the ten best modern European crime novelists.  He has lived in the French West Indies, where he teaches, since 1980.