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Sweet Paradise

by Gene Desrochers

April 5 – May 7, 2021 Tour

Synopsis:

Sweet Paradise by Gene Desrochers

Kudos:

“Boise Montague, intrepid St. Thomas, V.I. private investigator, returns in SWEET PARADISE. Talented author Gene Desrochers delivers a suspense-filled tale overflowing with duplicitous characters and greed-driven agendas in lushly authentic Caribbean environs. A mature generation is determined to hold tight to the empire that provides them with every luxury, while the next generation attempts to fulfill its dreams … Others will compromise all that is decent. And Boise Montague will do what he does best as he separates the winners from the losers and the innocent from the guilty. A 5-star read.”
–Laura Taylor – 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner

“Boise is back! Gene Desrochers returns his readers to the island paradise of St. Thomas. You’ll feel the warm tropical breeze as Private Investigator Boise Montague must discover [what happened to] the matriarch of a wealthy island rum producer. The deeper he digs, the closer he gets to his own mortality. Wandering and sometimes stumbling through his investigation, Boise learns about family secrets—and they could kill him. Outstanding writing and the vivid setting will keep you transfixed.”
–R. D. Kardon, award-winning author of Flygirl and Angel Flight

Book Details:

Genre: Murder Mystery
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: April 6th 2021
Number of Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781952112379
Series: Boise Montague, #2 (Each book in the series is a stand alone mystery)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

The first coat was drying. More droplets of sweat rivered between my shoulder blades as I slugged water and Guinness alternately. Two in the afternoon was no time to be painting in the October heat, but I didn’t know what else to do and sitting around worrying about my looming penury seemed pointless.

The used old-timey clock radio I’d picked up at Bob’s Store babbled on about hurricane warnings as reception fizzled in and out. It was the latter part of hurricane season and we’d seen minimal storm damage in the region. We might dodge hurricanes for one or two years running, but it was never long enough to truly get complacent about them the way places like New Orleans had.

The overhead fan whirred. Outside my door sunlight filtered thinly through a cloud, illuminating the traffic circle a faint ocher. As I considered the faded lines denoting parking spaces and the cracked pavement, a young man bobbed into my line of sight. He was one of those people who walked on his toes at all times, like the tendons in his calves were so tight his heels couldn’t touch the ground for more than an instant before popping up again. He squinted at the building, turning his head back and forth, then perusing a sheet of paper clutched in both hands. A green Osprey backpack hung loosely off his shoulders. People in California used them for hiking. He tugged at the built-in sippy straw and sucked. The bubbly slurping of the last drops of water in his pouch filtered up to me. Disappointment clouded his face.

His attention snagged on my door. I grinned and gave myself a mental pat on the back. He shifted one hand to his hip and gave a slight lean. I wasn’t sure whether I should let him see me in my ratty painting outfit, but figured that could be explained by the wet door. A spooge of cantaloupe paint dominated the center of my gray t-shirt. I eased the door open a couple more feet.

“Help you?” I asked. “You look lost.”

“Nice door.” He pointed at his forehead and swirled his finger around. “You got some.”

He was college-aged and his face was sunburned, as were his arms. He wore a Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants, a classic tourist outfit.

He continued to stand in the same spot, squinting and considering the sheet of paper. I returned to my inner office, needing another sip of water and the breeze from the fan. Out my open doorway, I could barely make out the top of his Caesar-style haircut.

“You should get a hat!” I hollered out.

His head rose up from the paper and he pushed up on tip-toes so I could see his eyes. “The sun’s doing a number on you,” I said. “Want a drink of water?”

He stared at me a while with a strange stillness, like he was in no hurry as he weighed every option. This boy was a local and he would pull me into events that would rock one of the largest industries in the Virgin Islands.

“Do you have Perrier?”

***

Excerpt from Sweet Paradise by Gene Desrochers. Copyright 2021 by Gene Desrochers. Reproduced with permission from Gene Desrochers. All rights reserved.

 

Guest Post by Gene Desrochers

WHY THE CARIBBEAN?

I do know the Caribbean. Well, I should say I know St. Thomas and St. Croix, two of the three islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands. I’ve been to Puerto Rico, St. John, Culebra, the Dominican Republic, Tortola, and several other small coves. Some for a couple nights, some for weeks. I wrote a short story about Boise Montague, a guy originally from the “Virgins” who had left and returned. His geographical trajectory on this planet was similar to my own. He started on an island, moved to the mainland U.S. and steadily blew west until he landed on a Pacific beach. Boise at some point had enough of Los Angeles, and fled back to the Virgins, seeking comfort and safety. Or maybe, just a place where he could disappear. Boise’s first story pierced the stubborn bone of my skull like a small tree trunk that cracks through the husk of a coconut on a deserted beach. I suppose it’s why coconut water is so rich in nutrients that it has become an electrolyte craze. It provides everything the tree needs to survive until it can find a place to take root. My coconut has a lot of water in it evidently because I’ve just finished book two. The little coconut palm continues to grow, still living on the water of my young days. I spent time back on St. Thomas as a young adult, but mostly after high school I lived in the “states.” I spent summers back “home” with my father, who never left, even after he passed away in 1995. I don’t venture back very often anymore, but my heart belongs to the islands, it always has. Tropical heat comforts me. Hurricanes excite and ignite happy memories of staying home from school while we masking-taped windows and cowered in basements smelling of wet concrete. Something about the power of nature in a rain storm has always made me feel gloriously insignificant. Dusty sidewalks, Danish architecture under, and the clear water … I’ll never tire of the bathwater warmth of the Caribbean Sea. Then, there’s the crime. The total population of the U.S. Virgins is a bit over one-hundred thousand. The murder rate runs at about forty homicides annually. That makes the territory (yes, the islands are a U.S. Territory, imperialism is alive and well) one of the most violent in the country. See stats here. It turned out, setting a murder in St. Thomas was all too plausible. A small town place, with a big town crime rate. Not only was the island I grew up on interesting because interesting (lunatics & addicts) people went there to vanish from mainstream life, but when it came to murder, they were the best. Maybe that’s why I’ve always loved murder and the mysteries associated with it. As Robertson Davies would say, “It’s bred in the bone.” I would say, “It’s in the coconut water.”

 

Author Bio:

Gene Desrochers

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. Sweet Paradise is Gene’s second published novel in the Boise Montague Series.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, step-daughter, and two cats.

Catch Up With Gene Desrochers:
GeneDesrochers.com
Goodreads
BookBub – @problemsolvergene
Instagram – @authorgenedesrochers
Twitter – @problemsolverge
Facebook – @ggdesrochers

 

 

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