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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,404 ratings  ·  821 reviews
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.

Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in t
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 26th 2013 by Quercus (first published December 5th 2013)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, 2016
Detective Sime Mackenzie finds himself on a murder case on Entry Island, a tiny isle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The suspect, a newly-widowed woman named Kirsty, seems oddly familiar to Sime. What is their connection? And can Sime survive in the same unit as his ex-wife long enough to find out?

I got this from Netgalley.

Entry Island was my first Peter May book and won't be the last. The book started a little slow for me at first but several things gripped me. I really liked Sime as a lead charac
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When the plane began its final descent towards Havre de Maisons, it banked left and Sime saw the storm clouds accumulating in the south-west. And as it swung around for landing, he caught a glimpse once more of Entry Island standing sentinel at the far end of the bay. A dark, featureless shadow waiting for him in the grey, pre-storm light. He had thought, just a matter of days ago, that he had seen the last of it. But now he was back. To try to resolve what seemed like an insoluble myst ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a long book but it is good value as in it there are two stories for the price of one. One story is an excellent and very readable mystery. The other is a piece of historical fiction told as the main character's dreams.

Peter May writes well and he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to the Hebrides, both geographically and historically. I could feel the rain and the cold and the tossing of the ferry as it crossed from the mainland to the island. I was totally engrossed in the drama of
When homicide detective Sime Mackenzie was informed he was to be part of a team of eight heading to Entry Island off the coast of Quebec to investigate the murder of a prominent member of the community, his only concern was that his ex-wife was also to be part of the team. Sime had been suffering with chronic insomnia since she left him – this would be the first time he had seen and worked with her since she walked out on him.

The small island was home to approximately one hundred inhabitants; ea
Andrew Smith
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s been a murder on Entry Island, a small piece of land in the Gulf of St Lawrence, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland. It’s off the east coast of the French Canadian Magdalen Islands, but the inhabitants are English speakers. So small is the island (3 km long and 2 km wide) that it only has about one hundred inhabitants. Shouldn’t to to hard to work out who did the killing, then. Sime Mackenzie is dispatched with a team from the Québec Sureté, based in Montreal, to investigate the crime. ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this one - I had so enjoyed Peter May's Lewis trilogy, and this is his first book since that one. But I found myself skimming, not finding the characters or plot believable at all. The book jumps back and forth between the two stories (one present-day in Quebec, the other in the 1800s in the Hebrides) which I just found awkward. And the linkage of the two stories - as the fulfillment of a promise made two centuries ago - was just too romance-y for me. (I should have ...more
Outstanding novel! Part modern day crime thriller, part love story, part historical fiction. Loved it.

Part present day crime novel, and part historical novel "Entry Island" is set alternately in the present day on the Magdalen islands, and hundreds of years ago in the Hebrides. Peter May has written a memorable novel that will resonate for many years to come. He writes with visceral empathy of island people and their often insular way of living.

There has been a brutal murder on Entry Island.  Si
Peter May approaches the mystery/crime novel from a different perspective in this outing. Sime (pronounced Seem and Gaelic for Simon) Mackenzie, a Canadian Surete inspector of Scots origin, is one of a team of officers investigating a murder on small Entry Island, the only island of English speakers in the Magdalen Islands, on the St. Lawrence River. Here there are ties to the Scottish settlers of the 19th century, very strong ties, to person and old tales. Sime, a bilingual officer sent with a ...more

Gus am bris an latha agus
an teich na sgàilean

(Until the day breaks and the
shadows flee away)
- Song of Solomon 4:6

Description: When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.

Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies
Maria Espadinha
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
History in Disguise

Can you picture an island 2 kilometers wide and 3 kilometers long?
Tiny, isn’t it?!
That sweet island is shared by a lil over one hundred people who live there like in a gigantic home cos no one cares to lock their doors. They all know each other and live like a large family!
Sounds like paradise?!
Well... since heaven and hell seem to be close neighbors, even in a potential eden like this, a man has been stabbed to death!


The investigation will guide us to a distant past - a b
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Montreal based and English speaking detective Sime Mackenzie gets added to a special investigative police team that gets flown out to an island where a murder took place.
The inhabitants of the island are English speaking and are all not very unhappy with the demise of the victim of the murder. The victims wife is the most obvious suspect.

The second part of the book is about Mackenzies heritage and how his family lived on the Outer Hebrides and how through the Highland clearings they ended up i
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A great read.

My View:
Meticulously researched, a strong sense of place in dual time zones and setting – Peter May writes desolate, isolated communities with passion and realism; you will be able to visualise yourself here, be able to hear the gale force winds, feel the intensity of the storms and climb the unspoilt rugged landscape. You will feel the desolation and the isolation – the perfect setting for a murder and a mystery or two.

But this is more than a murder /mystery, this is also a beauti
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Stunning Canadian Murder Mystery

Peter May has used and interesting use of Scottish history of the Highland Clearances of the nineteenth century on modern day murder in Canada. The blend of the historic and the modern at first seem unrelated but as the story builds one is able to see the story coming full circle and that an historic promise of forebears is finally delivered by an investigating detective to the wife of the victim. Who committed the murder? Well you will have to read the book to fi
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Held my interest all through; I highly recommend this one. This was a mystery-cum-historical novel with two parallel subplots that fed off each other: one--did a wealthy woman, Kirsty Cowell, murder her husband? Two--recollections, dreams and the actual diaries of the protagonist's great-great-great grandfather, son of a crofter on the Hebrides, who suffered through potato famine, forced clearance of settlements, finally coming to Canada. Story takes place on a small island in the Gulf of St. La ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
After the excellent Lewis trilogy I was somewhat disappointed with this latest novel from Peter May. There are two linked stories here, but I felt the combination of historical romance and modern police procedural made rather uncomfortable bedfellows. When reading it I rushed through the older story as I wanted to get into the current murder investigation. However once I finished it was the story of the Highland clearances and the doomed love affair between a laird’s daughter and a crofter’s son ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following the sucessful and highly enjoyable Hebridean trilogy comprising The Black House, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen, Peter May returns with a new standalone, which again reflects the strength of his storytelling and the precision of his building of atmosphere and location. Using a split narrative, May carefully weaves the themes of time and history into an interlocking plot, comprising of real life historical events and a contemporary murder mystery…

I don’t usually read other reviews of a
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.4* out of 5. This book was a huge disappointment from start to finish. The present day storyline - murder of an estranged husband on a lonely island - ties together with a love story from the Scottish highlands in the 19th century. It is contrived beyond belief. I can't even find it in me to review this book properly. I had such high hopes for Peter May, I am also listening to the first book of the Lewis Island trilogy and loving it. "Entry Island" however, is much too farfetched. Read ...more
Richard Derus
A weird hybrid of romance and historical fiction, with very little suspense but some strong characters. I wanted to love it; I liked it a lot, but found myself moving slowly through it. Author May's The Blackhouse had the same issues for me. I won't sprain things to get his books, but will read them when I find them on super sales and there's a group read. ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars for the back story, the present story, the placements and the writing style.

The present day characterizations were poorer than the historical factors of the ancestors in Scotland and their expulsion by the laird off their lands of heritage.

Sime, who is the detective, has insomnia and all the past centuries' factors which lead to present situation are stated in "dream sequences" of his hour or 1/2 hour a night sleep pattern.

It is very long. Overlong because of all the redundancies for i
Cathy Cole
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Entry Island is a terrific blending of two story lines: the classic murder investigation in Canada, and the Highland Clearances on the Isle of Lewis in the 18th century. Both are so well written that I couldn't tell you which is the stronger, but I can say that the scenes on the Isle of Lewis are beautiful, brutal, and heartstopping. May has always been a skilled storyteller, but since he's begun writing of the Outer Hebrides, it's as though his heart and his emotions are flowing right onto the ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've had this one around for a while now and finally got around to it. I enjoyed the Black House series by May but seem to recall another standalone book left me less impressed. I really enjoyed this one. There are two strands here. One is historical and relates to the Highland clearances, the other is about a modern day murder in Canada and one of the policemen investigating it.

As with the Black House books this is not really a simple crime read. There is a crime and it is investigated. However
aPriL does feral sometimes

'Entry Island' by Peter May, while it is a modern murder mystery published in 2014, is even more interesting because of a historical novella the author wrote and included inside of the book! In alternating chapters the author has inserted a story of settlers from Scotland who were forcibly relocated to Canada, an event called The Clearances. It's an awful tale of English cruelty against the people of Scotland.

I have copied the cover blurb as it is accurate:

"When a murder rocks the isolated comm
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an epic tale of a modern crime that has it's roots in the history of Scotland and the Highland Clearances. From the moment the lead detective shes the only witness to the crime; convinced he has met her before you know you have stepped into an usual novel. Indeed the author brilliantly brings the past to life as he expands on the detective's family history while he tries to solve the murder of a rich businessman whose wife seems the only suspect.

The characters are fresh and totally belie
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Entry Island is about how you should not give up you never know what is in store for you. Detective Sime Mackenzie was having trouble coping after his wife left him. After another sleepless night, Detective Sime Mackenzie was called into work to take part in the murder investigation of James Cowell on Entry Island due to his linguistic background. However, Detective Sime Mackenzie did not realise how this case will affect him. The readers of Entry Island will continue to follow the twist and tur ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a novel by Peter May before. “Entry Island” is unlikely to make me read another. In all fairness, I would not have picked this text up on my own. It was given to me, so I read it, but after finishing it the thought that is most prevalent in my head is that it is overlong.
The novel takes place in the province of Quebec, moving between the mainland and Entry Island of the title. A real place by the way. The modern day murder mystery is interspersed with a historical story (told in
Bruce Hatton
Initially, this novel does bear many similarities to the author’s excellent “Lewis Trilogy”. Detective Sime Mackenzie, a troubled insomniac of Scottish ancestry is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island in the St. Lawrence seaway. Like Lewis/Harris, Entry Island is bilingual, although this time French/English rather than Gaelic/English and the inhabitants live often harsh lives and very suspicious of strangers.
Events begin to take a strange turn about quarter way t
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The blood is strong.”

"He crouches down to touch the earth, and in doing so feels a direct connection with history, communing with ghosts, a ghost himself haunting his own past. And yet not his past. He closes his eyes and imagines how it was, how it felt, knowing that this is where it all began, in another age, in someone else’s life."

In the tiny community of Entry Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a man has been brutally murdered. The local police don’t have the expertise to investigate such
David Highton
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter May is adept at murder stories set in remote islands (such as his Lewis trilogy) and this novel is no exception, set in the Magdalen Islands 850 miles off Montreal. This story is interweaved with dreams from family diaries interspersed with long periods of insomnia for our slightly tortured hero.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this novel from Peter May. A little different from his usual format, with a historical story as a backdrop to a detective novel.
Peter May's The Lewis Trilogy books rate among my favorite reads in the past few years, so it is with great anticipation of enjoyment that I began Entry Island. I was not disappointed. Peter May is simply a master at telling generational stories, with the connections to past and present being one of the most fascinating mysteries to decipher. There is the intriguing murder mystery, too, but it is a deliciously layered one with the events of the past coming into play. And, those fans of The Lewis ...more
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