by Gene Desrochers
April 5 – May 7, 2021 Tour
“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
Genre: Murder Mystery
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: April 6th 2021
Number of Pages: 299
Series: Boise Montague, #2 (Each book in the series is a stand alone mystery)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
Guest Post by Gene DesrochersWHY 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.”
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:
BookBub – @problemsolvergene
Instagram – @authorgenedesrochers
Twitter – @problemsolverge
Facebook – @ggdesrochers
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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Gene Desrochers. There will be two (2) winners. Each winner will receive an Amazon.com gift card. The giveaway begins on April 5, 2021 and runs through May 9, 2021. Void where prohibited.