sara islandsby Sara Stamey
The author praised by Publishers Weekly returns with her new novel.
A suspense novel with Caribbean spice.

ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist

“Welcome to Paradise,” Pacific Northwest archeologist Susan Dunne hears on arrival at the Caribbean island to research petroglyphs and unravel the mystery of her brother’s drowning. She’s in for more than culture shock. This sunny tourist mecca conceals shadowy secrets — violent native unrest, a sunken treasure ship guarded by legendary Jumbies, and a bloodthirsty cult. The most disturbing secrets Susan must explore are the ones hidden in her own heart, challenging her notions of truth and reality.

What people are saying about Islands:

“Will I pick up and read Sara Stamey’s next novel? Better believe it!”
– Ed Bryant, Twilight Zone Magazine 

“A superior mystery and suspense novel with solid characters, some very spooky goings-on, and lots of wonderful writing… An intellectual thriller? Absolutely. But don’t let that make you think there is anything even vaguely dull or pretentious about ‘Islands.’ It’s a fast read, a stomping, vivid ride, the work of a woman who is passionate about lots of things.”
– Dan Hays, Statesman Journal

“A highly palatable soup of a novel… She galvanizes considerable interest from the reader.”
– Edward Bryant, Locus Magazine

“Stamey knows how to tell a story. Vividly descriptive prose recalls the standard set by Joseph Conrad… blends archetypal structure in an enchanting darkness in which the reader vicariously participates.”
– Red Rock Review

“A passionate writer, Stamey has concocted a mystery here that is a page turner from intriguing beginning to end.” 
 – Ara Taylor, Bellingham Herald

sara b&wSara Stamey – novelist, freelance editor, and creative writing instructor at Western Washington University – has returned to her Pacific Northwest roots after years of wanderlust. Her journeys have included teaching scuba-diving in the Caribbean and Honduran islands, trekking around Greece and South America, operating a nuclear reactor at Hanford, and owning a farm in Chile. Her Islands research included petroglyph treks in the Caribbean and Washington State.

Stamey’s earlier novels with Berkley/Putnam Publishing of New York earned praise from Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, Twilight Zone, and others.
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Tarragon Books, ISBN 0-9724986-1-3
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