In this sequel to the award-winning Matinicus, five women on a Maine island retreat are forced to host the bachelor botanist, Gil Hodges, stranded there in the fog. When a diabolical stranger appears out of nowhere bent on a twisted revenge, it falls to Gil to keep the women safe, despite a dawning awareness that not everyone will make it off the island alive.
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About the Author
Darcy Scott is a live-aboard sailor and experienced ocean cruiser who’s sailed to Grenada and back on a whim, island-hopped through the Caribbean, and been struck by lightning in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Her favorite cruising ground remains the coast of Maine, however, and her appreciation of the history and rugged beauty of its sparsely populated out-islands serves as inspiration for her Maine Island Mystery Series, which includes 2012’s award-winning "Matinicus" and the newly-released "Reese’s Leap." Book three, "Ragged Island," is currently in the works. Her debut novel, "Hunter Huntress," was published in June, 2010 by Snowbooks, Ltd., UK. Learn more at DarcyScott.net.
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Reese's Leap: An Island Mystery based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Darcy Scott pens "Reese's Leap" in a fast paced, well written plot filled with suspense and mystery. Between her characters that were very well developed, believable and likable and the story line that was filled with twists, turns and the suspense, I had a hard time putting the book down. A real thrill ride for all mystery and suspense fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite Reese's Leap is the second instalment in the Island Mystery Series by Darcy Scott, following 2012’s Matinicus. Botany’s answer to Indiana Jones, whisky- and women-loving Dr Gil Hodges, is back. This time he is a rather unwelcome visitor to Mistake Island, gate-crashing a women-only, back-to-basics week-long retreat with his friend - and boyfriend to one of the women - David Duggan. They’re only supposed to be there for the day, but when the tide and the fog conspire against them, the two men and five women are confined to the island with no telephones or electricity. Gil isn’t sure whether the uncomfortable atmosphere is solely down to his and David’s unexpected and unwanted presence, or whether the women have other reasons for the apparent in-fighting and resentment. When a sly and arrogant stranger appears from the other side of the island, the atmosphere shifts to one of threats and menace. Before the next day is out, one of the party is dead and Gil is determined to ensure that the rest make it off the island alive. Reese’s Leap is a gripping thriller, with an engaging, sympathetic hero and an intriguing story. Darcy Scott has constructed a clever plot, utilising multiple point of view chapters, the island’s history and some well-described three-dimensional characters. The descriptions of the island, the house and Mistake’s way of life are very evocative; the characters’ dialogue was realistic and believable. The sense of tension and peril was tangible and I found myself reading faster and faster to get to the explanation of the mystery! I hadn’t read Matinicus first, but that didn’t matter because this book is self-contained and does explain some of Gil’s relevant background. I plan to go back and read the first book and I understand that a further sequel, Ragged Island, is due shortly. I recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
I adore books written with the backdrop of the New England coastline. When I lived in New England, the small Islands are where we summered at with the kids when they were younger. Growing up in the Pacific NW when I was not camping with the YMCA, my family would sale and camp in the small islands in the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. I grew up with the ability to dig for clams at day break and swim any time I wanted to when the weather allowed. The energy surrounding those trips were always magical. I found myself many an afternoons with the family and later with my kids weaving tales of treasure and digging clam shells buried by the Indians and dreaming stories in my head. Upon opening the book and finding where it took place, I knew no matter how I felt about the characters, I would have an experience mixed into the memories triggered from my past. I wasn't let down. This book was so uniquely written blended with its moments of darkness and sparkle of gentle island magic and mystery. I read straight through the night. Though nothing which would make it gratuitous in violence, or sex this is no way a cozy mystery. It is not light and happy. These people are a freaking mess. They swear, lie, act like crazy people many a time and they drink constantly. With the isolation it has a tad of Agatha Christie going on, which made me smile from ear to ear. I love contained mysteries like this! Limited only by the fear and obstacles. No police to save the day, just wits! I didn't like many of the characters, but not because they fell flat from the writing but because many of them were narcissistic selfish jerks. Our protagonist, Gil, is someone who is not really someone you want to like but end up wanting to send to a therapist and give a hug to. If there were a basket of apples with one orange or banana in it, he would not be taking an apple. He went along for the ride and ended up taking over the whole trip in the end. Like his friend, he tends to be pretentious but before you hit about half way through you realize he is another broken person you want to fix and watch grow within these books. I have not read the first in the series but I will and I cannot wait for the third. If you are looking for a well constructed, beautiful solid and mystery which will catch you off guard and yet still in enough comforting conventions of the mystery genre, you will be thrilled to death... but I hope not literally :) This would be a GREAT mini-series, one of those three-dayers!
Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE A Trey Fontaine Mystery I wasn't sure what this book was about at first. It starts with five women who get together every year for a week on Mistake Island, off the coast of Maine, where there is no electricity, no running water, and no phones. The point is for them to get out of the rat race and get back to nature. But this time, one of the women invites her boyfriend to come for a few hours. He brings a friend with him: enter our male protagonist Gil Hodge, a botanist who just wants to spend a few hours in the trees. But then the fog rolls in, and no one is going anywhere. And things only get worse with the appearance of yet another man, this one uninvited and rather icky. That's a technical term: icky. Dirty. Pushy. Scary. You know...icky. The author is excellent at delineating characters. Each woman is so unique that it's easy to tell them apart. And the two men, David Duggins, the writer, and Gil Hodge, the botanist couldn't be more different. And I'm not even going to get into the third man. I'll leave him as a surprise for you. The more I read, the faster I read, and by the last fifty pages, I couldn't stop. This is a very good mystery, and is book two in a series, but stands alone so you don't have to read book one first. But now that I know about it, it's on my TBR list. I'd recommend this book to mystery lovers, people who like to read women authors, those who like a tad of history in their books, and those who really enjoy reading interesting characters.
Reese's Leap is part two in the Gil Hodges island mystery series and it was every bit as enthralling as the first book. In this story Gil accompanies his friend Duggan to Mistake Island where several ladies have gathered for their Island Women's getaway. Men are not welcome, but one has mistakenly invited her man and thus his friend by default. But everything seems to be against their leaving when an uninvited guest shows up, seeking revenge for his brother's death. Darcy Scott can spin a great tale and I enjoy reading her very distinct writing style and the mysteries, layer by layer construed to intrigue the reader. Nothing is ever straight forward and direct, it is always like pulling the truth from a cement encasement! Her work is just unputdownable!!