The Retreat

by Sarah Pearse is another mystery in which an idyllic location masks a dark past. This novel, however, is more of a traditional detective story, featuring the talented troubled Det. Elin Warner is sent to investigate an unexplained death at an exclusive resort off the coast of England. The retreat is set on a picturesque island with a sinister name, Reaper’s Rock, and a history of murders. When a woman falls to her death from a balcony at the resort, Warner and her partner, DC Steed, are tasked with solving the crime, but soon get mixed up in a second, possibly connected to drowning death in the chilly waters off the island. As she pieces together details of each death, Warner begins to wonder if a family vacationing at the retreat is being targeted--or if the island is as cursed as its reputation.