Murder On Mustique by Anne Glenconner | Book Review

A little murder-mystery is exactly the kind of book you can easily get lost in. Murder On Mustique is an engaging story that features a wealth of characters and a mystery that unfolds at a rapid pace. Check out our review of Murder On Mustique below ⬇️


A storm. A disappearance. A race against time . . .

Mustique is in a state of breathless calm as tropical storm Cristobal edges towards it across the Atlantic. Most villa owners have escaped the island but a few young socialites remain, unwilling to let summer’s partying end. American heiress Amanda Fortini is one such thrill-seeker – until she heads out for a morning swim and doesn’t return.

Detective Sergeant Samuel Wilton is just 28 years old and the island’s only fully trained police officer. He quickly realises he needs to contact Lord and Lady Blake, who bought the island decades ago and have invested time, money and love creating a paradise. Jasper is in St Lucia designing a new village of luxury villas but Lady Veronica (Vee to her friends) catches a plane immediately. Her beloved god-daughter, Lily, is on the island and this disappearance has alarming echoes of what happened to Lily’s mother many years ago. Lady Vee would never desert a friend in need, and she can keep a cool head in a crisis.

When Amanda’s body is found, a murder investigation begins. Wilton knows the killer must be an islander because flights and ferry crossings have stopped due to the storm warning, but the local community isn’t co-operating. And then the storm hits, and someone else disappears . . .

What did I think?

A light and easy read, Murder On Mustique’s mystery unravels at a steady pace.

Set on the island of Mustique, its another Summer of fun for the worlds rich and famous as they retreat to their villas for a little down time. When an impending storm unexpectedly forces them to leave, only the young and beautiful remain behind wanting to make the most of their remaining Summer holiday. All is well until Amanda, one of the socialites goes missing after an early morning swim. With her body found and the island shut down due to the storm, an array of suspects come to the light causing Lady Blake, the owner, to head to the island to not only comfort her grieving goddaughter but help uncover the truth.

There were many revelations throughout this book but the one I found most intriguing relates to the author, Lady Anne Glenconner. Known for being a Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Glenconner and her husband were the original owners of Mustique (yes, its a real place!). It’s no surprising then that elements of Lady Blake are based on Glenconner herself and the book is scattered with mentions of the Queen and Princess Margaret visiting Mustique. While a little tiresome at times, I can’t deny that it added to the luxurious vibe of the island.

A great beach-day read or as a gift for your mum or nan, Murder On Mustique weaves together a mysterious tale that lets the reader play detective for a few hours.

3 out of 5 stars

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Written by Monique Renee

Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.

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