I loved CAMINO ISLAND. Discovering that a sequel was coming, well, it is here!! And it’s wonderful. Perfect. Entertaining but with a murder mystery to be solved, during a hurricane at that.
The story begins with a sumptuous party at Bruce Cable’s home on Camino Island. Celebrating the return of now best-selling literary , Mercer Mann. All the usual suspects are there. What a bunch of literary gossips. A delightful and very colorful group.
But the fun quickly dissipates as hurricane Leo changes course and makes a beeline straight for the island. Mandatory evacuations go out. Most residents heed the alarm. But Bruce decides to stay behind and ride the storm out. I knew this would not end well. It rarely does. The scenes during the storm are harrowing. Anyone who’s endured a storm such as this understands the aftermath. Sometime as you hunker down in the midst of the storm, your mind reminds you that this was not a good plan.
After the storm passes Bruce emerges from his mostly unscathed to out the island and on friends. When he discovers the body of Nelson Kerr who is a popular thriller writer, the question arrises: was this an accident from the storm, or was this murder? We get up front and personal with some of the local who seem to be totally bungling the investigation…Small town stuff.
Grisham brings back more of what he is so well known for: murder and mystery and even legal stuff. So as much as I loved the story, I missed, missed, missed, the . Of course the is a mess and has sustained lots of damage due to flooding. It could have been much worse if Bruce and some of his employees hadn’t taken the time to move books and valuables to the second floor. Still, wreckage to be repaired.
John Grisham is a master story-teller. CAMINO WINDS brings what is actually a read into the murder mystery genre. So there is more story for everyone.
CAMINO WINDS is pure entertainment. But it also brings to mind that hurricane season is almost upon us. Always mindful, I can’t even imagine the fear of a storm coming during this pandemic. I shudder at that thought and pray they all just go away.
I am including a link to a very enjoyable podcast with Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books out of . His conversation with Grisham is just delightful. You will enjoy it and hearing the passion in their voices as they speak of books and stuff is just what you need right now.
Some really great news to end my review. There will be a third in the Camino Series. Yippee. Much dancing around and clapping. You see, I’ve totally fallen for the quirky character of Bruce Cable. I can’t wait to meet him again.
My copy of CAMINO WINDS was a gift. So I am not indebted to anyone for a review. However, I did love it! The great publishing people at Double Day, a division of Penguin Random , have a great gift in John Grisham.
Copperfish Books is selling CAMINO WINDS at a 20% in or online. Free shipping to your home with $35 or more purchase. Might I suggest a paperback copy of CAMINO ISLAND….. to add to your pleasure. Cheers!