Win a Copy of a Cool New West Indian Murder Mystery!

When I first met Susan Toy of Calgary, Alberta Canada and Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, I had no idea that we would continue to correspond and occasionally meet over the years.  I was amazed that as complete strangers we had so much in common: island life; writing; reading; cooking and cats!
We’ve both been immersed in our mutual interests and I am delighted to announce the release of Susan’s first novel – a murder mystery called Island in the Clouds. It is set in her adopted
country, tiny Bequia, but there’s nothing little about the action in this intriguing plot!
Island in the Clouds by Susan M. Toy

The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force, he’s drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some people call paradise…
Part travelogue, part mystery, Island in the Clouds takes a long, hard look at the reality of living in a place that seems perfect — from the outside, anyway.


So here we have a dead body in a swimming pool, a fantastic locale, and a cracking good yarn. Ever dreamed of running away to a Caribbean island? Author Susan Toy entertains while providing the inside scoop on what that might be like. And not to worry. You’ll exit this mystery with your dreams intact.
~ Ken McGoogan, author, How the Scots Invented Canada, Fatal Passage

Island in the Clouds is a wondrous mystery, set on the lush island of Bequia in the Caribbean. A Canadian with a secret past becomes both suspect and investigator for two murders on the island. Along the way, he shares sharp insights into the history and life of this gleaming gem of a place. Susan M. Toy is a keen stylist who never fails to drive her story forward with a sure hand. As in all well-crafted mysteries, the solution to the crimes is both thoroughly surprising and perfectly logical. Toy shows us the sights and lets us hear the rhythms of the islanders and, cunningly, allows us to peek into the lives of a sexy set of expats.
~ Michael Fay was the founder of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society

‘Clouds’ Contest: Win a FREE Copy:

If you’d like a chance to WIN a FREE copy of Island in the Clouds, you can do so right here.
It’s easy – all you need to do is correctly tell me what years  I have visited Susan Toy in Bequia, then send me a comment, citing the specific years.  I will not post your comment but I will post your name, indicating whether you are correct.  Then correct respondents will be entered into a draw, to be held  on July 1st (Canada Day!).  I will make the draw with someone else and will post a picture to confirm that it’s been done.  Then the winner will be notified in a subsequent blog.
The deadline for responses is June 30, 2012.  Here’s your only hint:  I have more than one blog now.
Correspondence on ‘Clouds’ between author Susan Toy and Gwendominica:
Susan  in Bequia:
Island in the Clouds – in Dominica!

Soon after moving to Bequia in 1996, we received a message from a fellow Queen’s grad who saw our notice in the university’s Alumni Review about retiring to a Caribbean island. She wanted to pick our brains about our experience of moving to the tropics. That’s how we met Gwen Whitford who came to check out Bequia. She eventually settled on the island of Dominica and still lives there today, where she teaches and writes. I was in contact with her again in January when I announced the ePublication of my new novel. Gwen offered then to read and review it. As well as sending me some very kind words, she also attached pictures to be included in my Where in the World??? promotion. Thanks, Gwen!

Gwen in Dominica:

I finished ‘Clouds” last night and I LOVE IT!  I was spellbound by the development of the plot and the quirky twists that you sprinkled throughout. Sometimes I found I was even holding my breath! I also was laughing to myself about many of the cultural differences that you so cleverly pointed out between foreigners and Bequians – well I would say all West Indians for the most part. As an expat living in Dominica for almost 15 years, I could really identify with so many of Geoff’s remarks about life on Bequia. I also wondered how readers who have not spent much time in the Caribbean (other than as a tourist) would identify with the cultural differences. Don’t Stop the Carnival!

In addition, I was intrigued by the descriptions of Bequia and I could actually place myself in many of the locations (Admiralty Bay, Moonhole, the taxi stand, the Frangi Hotel, the ferry dock, etc), thanks to the two visits I had with you. My slight familiarity with the setting really added to my enjoyment of ‘Clouds’, because I could easily picture the places in my mind. However, your narrative, but very descriptive writing style would make it easy for any reader to ‘picture’ the place.

In my dreams, I can see myself flopped down on one of Bequia’s lovely beaches with ‘Clouds’ on my lap, a cool brew beside me, and between chapters, a dip in the sea as I work my way through it in an afternoon or two.

Thanks again for this wonderful murder mystery. I can’t wait for the next one!

Canadian author Susan Toy on her porch overlooking Admiralty Bay in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Print edition will be available June 21, 2012!
ISBN 978-0-97879385-2-7 CDN/US $18.95

Discussion about Island in the Clouds on Tripadvisor

6 comments on “Win a Copy of a Cool New West Indian Murder Mystery!

  1. Judy MacLean says:

    Well my Canary Girl. You visited Susan in ______when you were in search of a Caribbean home and saw her posting in your Queen’s Alumni magazine. Then, according to your article “Healing on the Nature Island”, you visited her again. This is where it gets tricky. The article was originally published in 2002 and then had some slight revisions in 2012. In the article you mentioned that you visited her “last winter”. That could mean you went to see her in _____ or it could mean you went to see her in _____. My guess is that you went to see her in _____….. Leave it to a librarian to question editions! Miss you kiddo. Even if I don’t win the book I’d still like to read it. I have to read that other one you suggested about the Carnival too. I ordered it through Interlibrary loan and then didn’t get around to picking it up on time! The nerve of those librarians to send my book back before I had a chance to pick it up!

    Love, Jude xo


  2. gwendominica says:

    Hey Jude, my very literary librarian friend! I am laughing because I had expected to moderate comments, but as you’ve been here before, I guess you get an automatic green light! In that case, I am not going to say whether you are right or wrong (or perhaps a little of both). We’ll see who else responds and what they have to say! Yes, Susan’s book is a fab read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the hard copy. That way, I can lie down somewhere and devour it as opposed to having to spend more hours staring at a screen. Once I get it, that will be my third read-through. I really get caught up in it – perhaps because I can relate to so much of it and it’s filled with subtle humor too – island-style. Thanks for throwing your hat in the ring! XO


  3. Judy MacLean says:

    Feel free to delete my comments….Just send me the book! ha ha
    I was surprised that they popped up here myself! xoox


  4. gwendominica says:

    Hey Jude, I was able to edit out your suggested dates, but I left the rest. More clues, I suppose….or perhaps red herrings! Try to ILL Don’t Stop the Carnival again. Would love to know what you think of it!


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