I don’t know how Peregrine Island (She Writes Press, $16.95, 252 pages) made it to the top of my reading pile, but I’m glad it did. Diane Saxton’s debut novel offers up the art world as a backdrop, along with the age-old dream of finding treasure hidden away in your house somewhere.
Come on, admit it: how many times have you combed through some box, hoping something worth a cool million may be hiding inside? That’s kind of what happens when three generations of Peregrine women find themselves in possession of a priceless painting. Not a bad story on its own, to which Saxton ably adds layers of surprises, some of which the painting itself, quite literally, contains. Any combination of money and secrets, of course, are a magnet for bad guys and any number of them are drawn to the island of the title to stake their claim.
Saxton wields a remarkably deft hand for a first-time novelist in crafting a sure and seasoned tale with just the right measure of gothic elements added to the mix, making Peregrine Island a winner right out of the box.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jon Land is the bestselling author of over 25 novels. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude and continues his association with Brown as an alumni advisor. Jon often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and frequently volunteers in schools to help young people learn to enjoy the process of writing. Jon is the Vice-President of marketing of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and is often asked to speak on topics regarding writing and research. In addition to writing suspense/thrillers John is also a screenwriter with his first film credit coming in 2005. Jon works with many industry professionals and has garnered the respect and friendship of many author-colleagues. He loves storytelling in all its forms. John currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island and loves hearing from his readers and aspiring writers.
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