No Virgin Island by C. Michele Dorsey is the first book in the new “Sabrina Salter” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, August 2015
Sabrina Salter traded a high-pressure job as a Boston meteorologist for life as an innkeeper on St. John. But storm clouds roll in when Sabrina finds Carter Johnson, her most attractive guest, tucked up in a hammock way past check-out time. . .and he’s not just dead to the world, he’s just plain dead, with a bullet hole in his chest.
This isn’t the first time Sabrina has seen a dead body, and the island police are well aware of that. Thanks to her checkered history, not to mention the fact that she was the last person who saw Carter alive and far from entirely clothed, she finds herself marked as the prime suspect.
The U.S. Virgin Islands may be the sort of place where even defense attorneys wear flip-flops, but the laid-back life is over for Sabrina unless she can clear her name. So, she sets out to solve the crime, only to find herself caught in a tidal wave of adultery, kidnapping, identity fraud and murder in No Virgin Island, C. Michele Dorsey’s outstanding mystery debut.
This fast-paced and action-packed drama quickly became a page-turner as I had to know what happens next and boy did I enjoy what follows in this intriguing tale of murder. I like how the presentation of this murder mystery kept on spurning more mysteries that enhanced the telling of this tale. The suspects were few and left me wondering what their motives were and were it strong enough to commit this crime. The author did a wonderful job in creating red herrings and twists that took this mystery up a notch as I watch it all play out with the last piece of the puzzle fitting as it should. This was a good story and I liked how the author gave us enough backstory to illustrate how Sabrina, Henry and Neil all came to live on the island that I want to visit. From the beginning to the end, this book captured my attention and I look forward to more island adventures in the next book in this terrific series.