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The Wild Island (Jemima Shore #2)

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Here, Jemima Shore, investigator and TV personality, arrives at Inverness Station for a Highland holiday. The sun is shining. Paradise, she thinks. But at that moment, she hears a voice: "All this way for a funeral."

So begins an adventure far removed from Jemima's visions of heather-covered hills, crystal-clear streams, romantic men in kilts, fairy-tale castles....Instead,
Paperback, 196 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1978)
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Jul 16, 2015 Ape rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scotland, crime
Tartan Tragedy. A tragedy indeed. I've read the first four chapters, got to page 36 and I hate it! Really not my thing and life is too short so I am quitting this book. It's actually an old murder series written in the 1970s... I thought it all sounded wierdly dated when I started reading it. The whole thing is a bit twee and not amazing. I couldn't care less why that guy's been killed. The Scots speak in a wierdly written Scottish dialect and it's all one step away from offering you a tin of s ...more
Yet another mystery (or thriller, or whatever exactly it is) that has clearly lost appeal over the decades. It's a bit silly in many ways--Fraser plays with the cozy, the gothic, and various other genres yet not all that convincingly. At the same time, aspects of her skill as a writer do show through, and it also becomes a bit of a period piece (1975) so may be more fun again twenty years from now. While it did hold my interest in a perverse way (it is over-the-top in its way, which becomes amus ...more
"When Jemima Shore takes a welcome break from the stresses of television reporting, all she wants from her remote Scottish island is peace and isolation. So when she learns that Charles Beauregard won't be able to collect her after all, her plans for a relaxing holiday are shattered -- Charles is dead. And when she decides to continue her stay in the Highlands, she finds herself increasingly involved in a bitter and bloody family feud between Colonel Henry Beauregard and Beauregard Castle's new ...more
Dianne Landry
Aug 26, 2016 Dianne Landry rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Jemima has dumped the loser from book one and is taking a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. Upon arrival in Inverness she discovers that her landlord has died and she has arrived in time for his funeral. Suddenly she is mixed up with the Red Rose Society, a group bent on proving the Beauregards (Jemima's landlords) are the true heirs to the English throne through Bonnie Prince Charlie.

More bodies pile up but in the end things fall into place.

I really enjoy this series and will most certainly
Oct 07, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre-mystery
This is not a mystery, really. Yes, there is a death, and it is mysterious, but it is really more of a take on a 1960s gothic -- a woman who is an outsider goes to the strange, empty house and is surrounded by family tensions she does not understand and menaced by forces which she is only vaguely aware of, and in the end all is revealed, but not by her agency. Fraser plays with the form, certainly; Jemima Shore is no virginal ingenue but a woman in her mid or late 30s, and the brooding male figu ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Night rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm being biased in giving 4* for this book.

Jemina, a TV star, planned for a quiet transquil holiday in a lovely Scotiish cottage. Turned out it was nothing but transquil and lovely. She found herself in a creepy-doomy house and a family feud which involved Scottish nationalism. People died and suddenly all looked suspicious.

I liked the setting and the characters as well as their backgrounds. However, the protagonist was not very likable. She was just an observer, not sleuth detective. (Maybe I
Katie Hilton
Oct 14, 2016 Katie Hilton rated it liked it
Jemima Shore, TV investigator, sets out for a quiet month's holiday on an island in Scotland. She lands in the middle of an ancient family feud centered on Bonnie Prince Charlie. Her holiday is anything but quiet. An entertaining read.
James Grubb
Feb 24, 2016 James Grubb rated it it was ok
It maybe okay as a TV series but I found the writing mediocre and implausible.
Linda Amos
Jul 30, 2015 Linda Amos rated it really liked it
A nice easy read and a bit predictable in places. Won't stop me reading another one of Ms Fraser's books.
Sep 11, 2015 Kimmy rated it liked it
Some parts were really good x others were terrible x
Feb 28, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Read over a couple of days. Didn't find the main character that strong a character. She just seemed to drift through the story.
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Nicole Marble
Jun 29, 2008 Nicole Marble rated it liked it
A simple desire for a vacation bumps into Scotish nationalism.
Jun 18, 2011 Joann rated it liked it
I enjoyed Quiet as a nun more.
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Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies Mary, Queen of Scots (a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, King Charles II and The Gunpowder Plot (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, The Weaker Vessel: Women's ...more
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