She's first G in GGI: Gibson, Graham International, the investigative and security company founded by ex-criminal defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson and ex-DC homicide detective Jacob Graham. It didn't take long for the DC-based company to earn a reputation as one of the best in the business. Their newest job: Guide a newly independent Caribbean nation enter the 21 century. The island nation contracts GGI to do it all--from the establishment of a police force to bringing telephone service to the island to ensuring that modern, international security protocols protect the new president and his ministers as they conduct business. Then the president's two body guards are murdered and GGI must build a police department in a hurry. A fugitive drug dealer from DC is hiding out on the island, construction of a road to the new government building is sabotaged and the foreman murdered, and CA is attacked in the yard of her home on the island. And she's on her own this time--nothing to fall back on but her her own skill, wit, and the new chief of the island's new five person police force. This is a story of blackmail, family secrets, political sacrifice and, ultimately, betrayal.
About the Author
Penny Mickelbury is the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series, as well as a novel of historical fiction, Belle City, and a collection of short stories, That Part of My Face. She also is an accomplished playwright, and has contributed articles and short stories to several magazines and journals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not only was paradise interruped, but also my train of thought as I tried to keep up with the choppy, often confusing storyline that changed directions more often than a helium balloon on a windy day. The heroine, Carole Ann Gibson, has an aggressive, bulldozer, self-righteous personality that we are supposed to believe is respected and praised by all. If she were Denzel Washington, maybe. An African-American woman in the male dominated society of the Caribbean, I doubt it. She confronts every conflict with her hair-trigger temper--a trait that endears her to her clients and co-workers. Yeah, right. I applaud the author's efforts for writing a strong female character, but I would have preferred the mystery of Paradise Interrupted to be solved by someone with more feminine traits, not like a man with a few nurturing moments thrown in.
As a defense lawyer with her own security firm, co-owned with Jake Graham, African-American Carol Ann Gibson lives the American dream. Carol and Jake have offices on both coasts and are so popular they have a large international clientele. Their latest customer is the Caribbean nation Isle de Paix, who recently had a bloodless coup that replaced its Communist leader with an individual friendly to the West. The island country wants to become a tourist haven to build up its fledgling economy and top rate security is a must. Upon first glimpse, Carol Ann thinks she entered Eden, but though feeling idyllic, she sets out to enforce security and insures roads are built so that an infrastructure can begin to form. However even paradise can be interrupted when snakes are about, especially since the road will destroy the lucrative cash crop marijuana. Soon a man keeps popping up who may be a dangerous felon or part of the DEA. Pirates seem to sail freely on all sides of the island, leaving Carol Ann to wonder what is going on and the determination to learn who is interfering with paradise. The fantastic heroine is a believable person who wants to make the world a better place. Her partner is a hunk and the support cast (on the isle and in the courtroom) helps readers understand what drives Carol. The dynamic story line relegates race to a minor bar of local politics even as the reader obtains a different taste then normally seen of an island paradise. As usual, Penny Mickelbury escorts her audience on a tour of Paradise with this superbly written mystery. Harriet Klausner