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The Shoeshine Killer

(The Scottish Lady Detective Mysteries #2)

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DS Louisa Townsend has moved from Edinburgh to work for the Kiribati Police Service on Tarawa, a remote coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. Locally she is known as the Scottish Lady Detective.

Louisa is in Fiji for a money laundering conference. From the moment she arrives in the country things go wrong, including some weird perv breaking into her room while she slee
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Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published July 27th 2015 by Pilrig Press
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Kath Middleton
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Louisa is currently standing in for her boss at a conference on Fiji. She arrives just as a political coup has taken place and can’t get to her hotel. She and a fellow passenger are picked up by two men and offered rooms for the night. One of the two kind souls is found murdered the next day and the other, after being seen speaking to one of the shoeshine boys in the town, is also later found to have been murdered. Louise and a local policewoman become drawn in to trying to solve the case, which ...more
Tripfiction
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second novel in the Scottish Lady Detective series.

“Tarawa was so far from land…by the time the air got there it was super pure.”

Magnifying glasses at the ready for murder mystery intrigue on the tropical islands of Tarawa and Suva. The book’s main protagonist is a bold, clinically fastidious but endearing detective; Louisa of mixed Scottish and Pacific heritage. Her mixed heritage gives the reader a unique perspective of these Pacific islands – both an outsider’s perspective and, to a lesse
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Ian
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, mystery, a-kindle, atw80
I read the first novel in this series and enjoyed it just enough to try this one set in Fiji. It was OK but no more. The central character Louisa Young didn't develop at all from the first novel and both her overall character and the back story that was briefly visited re the reason behind her fairly incomprehensible move to the Pacific was just not believable. In the end, the condescension on display towards Pacific Island cultures and people grew too much to bear and left me wondering just why ...more
Kendra
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully compelling mystery set on the Pacific island of Fiji.

When DS Louisa Townsend arrives in Suva, Fiji for a money laundering conference, mysterious events start to unravel, beginning with some pervert breaking into her hotel room while she sleeps and messing about with her underwear. Soon her hosts, Rick and Stewy, turn up dead—murdered—and the last two people who saw them alive disappear. Well, except for Louisa that is, who now appears a suspect to the Fijian police, especially DI V
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Josie
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 in the The Scottish Lady Detective Mysteries.
Prodominetly set in Fiji with a quick stint on Tarawa in Kiribati, this was a great follow up to the first book in the series Food of Ghosts and great count for the 666 for 2016 - An Around the World Reading Challenge .
Overall a compelling Pacific mystery which begins to further develop the characters in the series. I was most definitely drawn in, and really liked the character Makereta who really reminded me of many islanders I met durin
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Juliet Wilson
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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At the opening of The Shoeshine Killer, Detective Sargeant Louisa Townsend (who we first met in Food of Ghosts) arrives in Fiji to attend a conference on money laundering, just as a military coup is announced.

The coup means that Louisa can't stay in the conference hotel so she ends up staying in a small bed and breakfast, where she quickly makes friends with the owner. Unfortunately the owner is soon killed and rather than being a conference attendee, Louisa finds herself faced with a murder to
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Katrina Hart
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Louisa Dang
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great fun! This murder mystery is set in Fiji and brings back Louisa Townsend, the Scottish detective. In this second book of the Louisa Townsend series, we delve deeper into her personality and learn much more about her OCD tendencies. "Tough but troubled" is a good way to describe Townsend, and I enjoyed her feisty outbursts! Wheelaghan did a great job of conveying the gritty yet tropic feeling and atmosphere of Fiji. I hope there is a third in the series because I really want to learn more ab ...more
DreamingSpiresBecca
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Thebooktrail
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Locations in the novel: Travel to Fiji with the book


A Scottish detective who now works for the Kiribati police in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

There’s something very special about this series that really gets me involved and really wanting to read this.The title itself is intriguing but it’s shine comes from a whole range of theigs – from the setting of course which is just so unique and stunningly evoked to the character of Louisa herself who has OCD and who is from two very different culture
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I left home at seventeen and returned to Edinburgh after twenty-five years, where I now live with my family.

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The Scottish Lady Detective Mysteries (2 books)
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