Entry Island


Deanston Scottish

Peter May with Deanston Scottish Crime Novel of the Year

with a beautiful decanter of Deanston Malt whisky I received as the prize for the Deanston Scottish Crime Novel of the Year 2014

ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club

Peter May with ITV Specsavers Dagger Award for the Crime Thriller Club Best Read of 2014

holding the ITV Specsavers Dagger Award for the Crime Thriller Club Best Read of 2014

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 the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants – the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion: the victim’s wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her – even though they have never met.

Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime’s conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.

“Peter May follows his superb Lewis trilogy with an equally absorbing work”
“Mackenzie’s historical quest merges rivetingly with his 21st century police work”
The Times (London, UK)
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Entry Island is simply another outstanding novel by Peter May.
Though on second thoughts, nothing is ever simple with Peter May,
and this is not “another” novel by him:
we think it’s easily his best yet.
Undiscovered Scotland
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“Told with exceptional clarity and a fine eye for the claustrophobia of island life,
it weaves a hypnotic spell as it jumps between generations and proves that
May is a writer to be cherished.”
Daily Mail (UK)
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an absorbing read from a writer at the top of his game
Daily Express
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Both lines weave together, as elegantly as any Celtic knot, until May ties both ends off.
The final result is a fascinating glimpse into a shameful and frequently overlooked aspect of British history.”
The Independent
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in a word, superlative and a book to get lost in.”
Deadly Pleasures Magazine

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LISTEN TO… Sime’s first view of Entry Island

LISTEN TO… Sime first meeting the murder suspect, Kirsty

LISTEN TO The clearance of an island village

LISTEN TO… Interview with witnesses

LISTEN TO… Confrontation with an islander


Click here to read the opening of the book…

9 Responses to Entry Island

  1. James Kilpatrick says:

    Only recently read Entry Island and was initially intrigued by the Canadian whose ancestors had emigrated from the west of Scotland as mine had done, but was then somewhat hooked by the family crest of ‘the arm holding a dagger’ which is also personal to me.
    Fortunately my ancestors avoided the clearances but my great grandfather emigrated from a farm tenancy in Ayrshire to work as an engineer on the trans Canadian railway where my grandfather and his 8 siblings were all born in a railway carriage as work moved slowly along the line. After graduating from university in Toronto my grandfather returned to the UK in the early 20th century.
    You probably already know this but the arm with a dagger is a Kilpatrick (and Kirkpatrick) family crest dating back to the beginning of the Scottish war of independence. After Robert the Bruce challenged the Red Comyn in a church in Dumfries our ancestor Roger Kilpatrick finished off the English king’s agent and emerged from the church brandishing his dirk whilst exclaiming “I mak siccar” the Gaelic for ‘I made sure’.
    Thank you for a great book. Keep well and have a happy Christmas.

  2. Elouise Hattingh says:

    …and just when I think your stories couldn’t move more emotion within me, I read “Entry Island”. Thank you!

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  4. Leslee Sack says:

    I am trying to get Entry Island on an old-fashioned audio disc for a 98 year old friend of mine who has no access to computers. Do you know where I can get one?
    Prince Edward Island

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