I've enjoyed the books of Leigh Russell for some time now, but must admit to picking up my copy of Journey to Death, with a certain amount of trepidation, not just because this was the first in a new series featuring protagonist Lucy Hall, but also because it was a distinct break away from her usual police procedural.
I really need not have worried. Russell has delivered another cracking read. At the beginning of her holiday, Lucy is recovering from a broken engagement, and struggling to find her feet has travelled to The Seychelles with her parents to relax and recover. It seems idyllic, a charming hotel, beautiful beaches, and friendly staff make it appear the perfect place to recuperate, until tragedy strikes. In a fascinating tale, we see Lucy change from a nervous young woman who believes someone is trying to cause her harm, into one who is tough, determined and through tireless effort gets to the bottom of an age old mystery, as well as exposing the current threat to her family.
Set against the beautifully depicted landscape and culture of these tropical islands, and with a suitably despicable plot afoot, Lucy is a brilliant new character and I doubt very much you'll put this one down until you're done. I certainly couldn't.