Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island
On vacation in the Florida Keys with his girlfriend, police sergeant Merryll Manning takes part in a Murder Mystery weekend, with the chance to win a cash prize of $5000 on the line. When a real murder actually takes place, though, all fun and games come to an abrupt end as Merryll strives – almost in vain – to learn the identity of the true-life killer.
To make matters worse, the vacationers are all trapped on the island without any way to contact the mainland, adding an element of grave fear to an already tense situation...
With little more than his instinctive wits on his side, Merryll soon finds himself in a race against time to solve the deadly mystery before he becomes its next victim...
In "Merryll Manning: Trapped On Mystery Island", author John Howard Reid combines vivid, unforgettable characters and riveting action to create a richly compelling – and surprisingly amusing – top-notch suspense thriller.
The debut installment in the Merryll Manning Mysteries series, "Trapped On Mystery Island" introduces the reader to the inimitable stylings of its eponymous protagonist, an abrasive, no-nonsense pain-in-the-ass who you’d nonetheless want on your side if you found yourself in the same predicament as the hapless vacationers.
With superb character development, vivid scenarios, and an engrossing plotline that both preserves and pushes the flow of the story, Reid’s engaging tale is a classic whodunit sure to please fans of well-crafted murder mysteries.
With just enough suspense to keep you guessing until the very end, "Merryll Manning: Trapped On Mystery Island" is a strong debut from a solid literary talent. Highly recommended.