Reece’s Leap is the second Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, staring the hard drinking, failure with woman, Gil Hodges – not the way he’d like to be described, though he’d likely agree with the assessment. This story is simpler than that of Matinicus, and perhaps more of a thriller than a mystery, though there is mystery. Even after we find out the truth about the treasure there’s still the question of what happened to Pete’s brother Earl.
Gil finds himself stuck on an island with his best friend David, David’s girlfriend and a bunch of women. They went for a day, but the fog rolled in so they had to stay, by the time the fog had cleared there were other reasons they couldn’t leave; Pete had gone psycho and, in his effort to find a treasure that no one thought existed and find his brother’s murderer, he killed one woman, kidnapped another and disabled all the boats so no one could leave. It looked like he was going to pick them off one at a time.
Gil, hero, he-man and likeable character that he is, tries to keep the women safe, but they’ve got ideas of their own, and Pete has a cross bow, a knife and a deadly grip, not to mention an excellent knowledge of the island. Gil is struggling and the girls are terrified, or some of them are. It all gets tied up nicely at the end, and with enough of a twist to change the way you see the events on reflection. We are also reminded that Gil’s time on Matinicus has left him with a recurring problem, one that we might see him come to grips with in the next in the series.
Darcy Scott is a skilled author. Her prose is immediate and engaging. The plot is interesting, the pacing excellent, and her ability to render characters is so good that they might just feel more real than the guy sitting next to you on the bus. Her books leave you with a real taste of island life, a rugged, wind-swept kind life with it’s own law, one with nothing to do with police and judicial systems.
I highly recommend this book to any one who likes a good mystery.
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