I like the main characters. Royes managed to capture the despair of grief and the feelings of isolation that Simone encountered and her personal journey to let go and move on with her life. It thrived until a hurricane destroyed his hotel and destroyed the peninsula. She's an American with some ghosts of her own, looking for a place to be alone while she recovers from whatever befell her. It happened because the author was coming to Chicago and we were able to invite her to our Brunch Book Club! Several passages had me grinning. It felt like there were a lot of attempted mysteries and none of them actually panned out t I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. But why does someone want to harm Simone? It had brought back regrets that would linger until they took action.
He might be small and wiry, they said, but he was as bright as any Kingston professor and as wily as Anansi, the spider of the folk tales. It gives the book a specific cha Not really much mystery, just an interesting and very different society which has problems that have to be solved. Simone is a woman looking for solitude after personal tragedy, but she gets in the way of a pair of bumbling gangster wannabes. Shad and Eric portray two sides of a society where deference is still given to white foreigners but the pride Jamaicans have in their ability and freedom to determine their own way of life makes sure that deference does not turn into subservience. It also happens to be one of my favorite places on earth! It has been described as the first in a detective series, and though there is certainly a bit of mystery in it, it does not follow the age old standard for detective fiction, and may come as a let down for readers expecting such. The relationship between the two was never fully developed so I never really understood why she hopped into bed with him.
Shad is trying to avoid past connections and stabilize his commitments. Royes managed to avoid the stereotype of the island bartender as she developed the character of Shad. It seems pretty clear that the author was heavily inspired by Alexander McCall Smith's gentle No. There is a bit of mystery to the woman on the island, but the story is more about her going forward after loss. .
But why does someone want to harm Simone? While the bar was prepared for evening business, Eric sat on the top step, his back to Shad. I never felt like I got a good feel for the characters, either, and I'm still not 100% sure what the mystery was supposed to be. Please keep on writing and writing and writing. But after this promising setup, the plot meanders, and the only suspense is the wait for something to happen. An irresistible character is born in The Goat Woman of Largo Bay and Royes wonderfully blends suspense and the soul of the islands in this smart debut. The Goat Woman of Largo Bay begins the detective series featuring Shad, a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, who is the community problem solver and right hand of Eric, an American who owns the bar and a hotel left in ruins by a hurricane. The story begins when they spot something on an island owned by Eric.
He is definitely a problem solver, and the go to man in his community. The reason for this, according to the old ladies, was that he was born with a high forehead and the blackest skin a man could have. I can't wait to read the next in the series, The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks. She attended Colorado College and later went on to the University of Wisconsin and Emory University, where she earned a doctorate in American Studies. This puts Shad on the trail of cor This, the author's first novel, introduces the reader to a new detective. Eric achieved this dream and built his hotel on a small peninsula. Like McCall Smith's series, this debut features a developing world landscape quite alien to most potential readers, and a I picked this up partly because I'm always on the lookout for mysteries set in other cultures, but also because I just finished Ian Thomson's dense nonfiction book about Jamaica, The Dead Yard.
But it turns out to be Simone, an American who has run away from her professional and personal life in the U. Apart from the Goat Woman, trouble is threatening Largo because this sleepy village, largely ignored because of its remoteness, will play a pivotal part in the upcoming government elections. Only Shad can find out. One presents itself in the form of a strange figure on a small island across the bay. It was a page turner story of a woman who chosen to live alone on an island of Largo Bay. The purple and red boat remained a puzzle to Shad even after a few discreet inquiries. I felt like a visitor at the bar, who returned each day to sit on a stool, sip on a coconutty rum drink and absorb this story as it unfolded.
The author, Gillian Royes who grew up in Jamaica captures the unique flavor of the island perfectly. The Goat Woman of Largo Bay is a tale for both female and male readers who hope the human spirit will survive in spite of indomitable odds. When Shad is approached by Dollar-Bill formerly known as Doughnut-Boy a man Shad knew from his days in the pen, to help keep tabs on the political leanings of the village, Shad is dubious. The cast of characters also includes a local bartender, the woman's concerned brother, an Obeah man with a degree in psychology , and some shady thugs in cahoots with a factory owner. I enjoyed the way the story progressed and the start of the tale of the woman who was mistaken for a goat when seen on an island across the bay from a local bar. And the storyline around the elections rings true for anyone living in the Caribbean. It was a treasured day for our diverse group to spend time with an author, all to ourselves! It felt to me as though the author was trying to combine an artistic, philosophical book that included a little bit of sex I can't even call it romance , with a cozy mystery, and the combination honestly didn't work well for me.
Then, a mysterious woman appears on a small island. Classifying it as a mystery seems a bit of a stretch. Always keeping his ear to the ground, Shad discovers that a gunshot heard near Simone's place late one night isn't exactly friendly fire, but tied to a plot to harm Simone and ultimately manipulate local elections. Croix, where she lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands. I'm not sure why this is called a mystery. Her quest is for a person - a being - one that will gift her decimated thinking with some beam of hope - any light ray - that life, as she has known it, is still worthwhile.
Their problems are real-life ones. Setting a bottle of wine on the counter, he called to Eric. One interesting aspect of this book is the Jamaican patois that many of the characters speak. He can gaze at the ruins and mourn his los I was intrigued by the title and had to read this debut book. Shad, the bartender, has great potential as a character in future novels. Like McCall Smith's series, this debut features a developing world landscape quite alien to most potential readers, and a warm-hearted protagonist who's ashamed by aspects of their past. I did not understand the attraction between Eric, the expat and Simone, the goat woman.
The sentence construction was difficult not just in using native tongue which took me a while to buy into the story. Shad and Eric worry about her being alone but Eric accepts her as a tenant and allows her to stay. I never felt like I got a good feel for the characters, either, and I'm still not 100% sure what the mystery was supposed to be. The Goat Woman of Largo Bay begins the detective series featuring Shad, a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, who is the community problem solver and right hand of Eric, an American who owns the bar and a hotel left in ruins by a hurricane. Will look forward to more from Gillian Royes. This was a 4-5 star book, for me. It happened because the author was coming to Chicago and we were able to invite her to our Brunch Book Club! However, I liked the setting and characters and I would like to see where they go to in future stories.