Windswept: A Classic Romantic Suspense Set in the Caribbean

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When her fiancé is delayed in London, Emily Harrington sets off on their long-awaited vacation to the exclusive Caribbean resort of Island Bluffs on her own. Fearing boredom, she is pleasantly surprised to discover that this romantic resort is filled with fascinating people: Roger Stirhew, a foremost travel writer, whose pernicious wit and words prove deadly; his disillusioned wife Jessica; Marietta St. John, an ageing society columnist; Nora, her devoted companion; Jon Peterson, an eager young restaurateur ...

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Windswept - A classic romantic suspense set in the Caribbean

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Overview

When her fiancé is delayed in London, Emily Harrington sets off on their long-awaited vacation to the exclusive Caribbean resort of Island Bluffs on her own. Fearing boredom, she is pleasantly surprised to discover that this romantic resort is filled with fascinating people: Roger Stirhew, a foremost travel writer, whose pernicious wit and words prove deadly; his disillusioned wife Jessica; Marietta St. John, an ageing society columnist; Nora, her devoted companion; Jon Peterson, an eager young restaurateur engaged to the lovely Sarah Maitland; and Annie and Martin Maitland, owners of Island Bluffs Hotel. whose lives are intertwined with those of their guests.

Emily soon finds herself witness to the secrets of her fellow vacationers and, as the days unfold, new relationships offer friendship and diversion. But, when Roger Stirhew is found dead on the ocean beach with a bullet through his heart, diversion soon turns deadly.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
The island paradise of Aruba, where Emily Harrington arrives on vacation from wintry Manhattan, stars in Ryan’s clunky romantic suspense novel. Emily is looking forward to being joined by her fiancé, Michael, currently detained in London, but it’s quickly obvious that do-gooder Emily is a poor match for him, an ambitious up-and-coming lawyer. On the island, much of the excitement comes from hard-drinking travel writer Roger Stirhew, who makes enemies faster than the staff can whip up signature cocktails. When Roger is killed, there’s no shortage of suspects, including his wife, resort owner Martin Maitland, society columnist Marietta St. John, and restaurateur Jon Peterson. Emily, who finds the body, may have glimpsed the killer and must therefore spend a lot of time with the relentless but charming Insp. Thomas Moller. Ryan (A Bucket of Ashes) relies heavily on her picturesque setting, making for a whodunit that’s longer on description than on suspense. (June)
Booklist
“The story uses its island setting effectively, and Emily proves to be a captivating heroine”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
Murder mars a young New Yorker's Caribbean getaway.Emily Harrington has so looked forward to a prenuptial vacation with her fiance, Michael. But when a tricky business deal lures him to London, Emily decides that even on her own, sunny Aruba beats snowy Manhattan hands down. So she starts off for Island Bluffs by herself, hoping Michael will catch up in a day or two. Her first day is a knockout. Island Bluffs owners Martin and Anne Maitland take her under their wing, and soon, she finds herself seated at dinner with the Maitlands; socialite Marietta St. John; her companion, Nora; powerful restaurant critic Roger Stirhew; and his lovely young wife, Jessica. The next day, the Maitlands' daughter Sarah takes Emily to see her craft co-op in Oranjestad and then to lunch at her fiance's upscale bistro. In the afternoon, handsome, unattached Nick Marino takes her windsurfing. Aruba is perfect—if only Michael would shake loose of his business obligations so she could show it to him! As the week wears on, however, Emily begins to fret, not only about Michael's continuing absence, but about Roger the self-centered food critic's increasing boorishness. He picks fights with his wife, badgers his hosts and threatens other guests, until at long last, someone shoots him in the head. Since Emily's the one who finds his body, she has to endure endless interviews with the ultrapersistent Inspector Thomas Moller, who's determined to find Roger's killer before he or she can strike again.You know there's trouble in paradise when the heroine's fiance doesn't even have a last name. Romance lovers will be intrigued; mystery buffs may want to steer clear.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727883575
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Edition description: First World Publication
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,002,811
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Ryan Ph.D. is a former educator who served as a teacher and director of a school for children with special needs for over twenty years. Now retired, she has been writing essays, memoirs and fiction for the past ten years. Her work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Parents, Eire-Ireland and Brevity. She and her husband live in Westchester County, NY, and are the parents of three sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    I'm shocked to see this book for sale under the name of a belove

    I'm shocked to see this book for sale under the name of a beloved, best-selling, award-winning author of romance, romantic suspense, and mystery novels. The real Patricia Ryan has been writing wonderful books for twenty years. Her name, for the purposes of the genres she writes in, is trademarked through long use and reader recognition. It doesn't matter if the author if Windswept was born with the same name. If she writes the same genre of books that the original Patricia Ryan writes, it is illegal for her to use the same name on her books. She must change it somehow or be in violation of trademark law. The publisher should have known this and told her to alter her name before publication.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Bad, bad mistake on the publishers allowing someone to write rom

    Bad, bad mistake on the publishers allowing someone to write romance under Patricia Ryan. A simple google search would have provided more than enough evidence that another Patricia Ryan has been writing and winning awards for over twenty years. It's the same as if I started writing horror stories under the name Stephen King. It's more than likely an unfortunate mistake on the publishers part, but it's illegal nonetheless.

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