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Island Girl

(1991)
(The fourth book in the Bonnie Indermill series)
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Publisher's Weekly
Bonnie Indermill, seen last in Good Night, Sweet Prince , is a permanent temp, a collector of titles that begin with the word ''assistant.'' When asked to fill in briefly for a friend as assistant fitness counselor at a Bahamian resort, Bonnie sees an opportunity to escape the gloomy New York winter. Unfortunately, on Flamingo Island she finds not paradise but a shabby hotel nearing bankruptcy, its unpaid staff in a labor slowdown; an island-wide crime wave; and a promiscuous, self-absorbed roommate from Australia named Leslie who won't stop talking. The second night, on an errand originally assigned to Leslie, Bonnie is attacked on the beach. When Leslie dies on a scuba dive the next evening, Bonnie suspects foul play. While the plot, involving an ornithological research station, shadowy Texas moneymen and a hint of island voodoo, is somewhat mechanical and obvious, Berry evocatively paints the tawdry scene at a down-at-the-heels resort, and Bonnie is an engaging detective. This is a pleasant diversion for a cold winter's night when the reader, like Bonnie, might dream of warmer climes.

Library Journal
First among the amateur sleuths is Bonnie Indermill ( Good Night, Sweet Prince , St. Martin's, 1990), who temporarily fills her girlfriend's post at a Bahamian resort and finds trouble in paradise. The Flamingo Cove teeters on the brink of financial ruin, an ornithologist scares the locals with the ''devil eye,'' someone tries to kill Bonnie, her roommate dies, and Bonnie falls for a skipper on the lam from the IRS. Though the author employs a few quaint touches, a moderately exotic backdrop, several odd characters, and equable prose, the plot is far from original.

Genre: Mystery    

Used availability for Carole Berry's Island Girl

Hardback Editions

December 1991 : USA Hardback

Title: Island Girl
Author(s): Carole Berry
ISBN: 0-312-06381-4 / 978-0-312-06381-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Island Girl
Author(s): Carole Berry
ISBN: 0-373-28026-2 / 978-0-373-28026-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Worldwide
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