- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Recently Viewed clear list
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
The Goat Woman of Largo Bayby Gillian Royes
Synopses & Reviews
The Goat Woman of Largo Bay is the first in a series of amateur detective novels. The hero, Shad, is a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, and acts as the unpaid sheriff. His employer, Eric Keller, is a jaded American who lost his hotel in a hurricane seven years earlier.
The novel’s action starts when Eric and Shad see movement on the island offshore and think it’s a goat. But it’s a woman, Simone, who rents the ruins of Eric’s hotel and Eric starts falling for her. She attracts the attention of the villagers. A couple shady characters “visit” her one night, but she fires her gun and scares them off. Shad visits the obeah man (the village magician) and gets a potion that she uses to protect herself further.
Simone’s brother Cameron arrives and tells them she recently lost her only child.
A former Penitentiary friend, Dollar, asks Shad, a thoroughly reformed outlaw, to report on the villagers’ political opinions. He works for an American businessman connected to the corrupt government.
Simone starts celebrating her dead daughter with nightly ceremonies, and Shad learns that her former visitors are working for Dollar and plan to harm her. Shad, Eric, Cameron and the obeah man protect her, and the obeah man causes her daughter’s ashes to fall into the sea. The intruders confess that they are working for Dollar and planning to manipulate the election in the community.
Although Simone chooses to stay on the island, a severe storm destroys her shelter and she returns to the village. The businessman is exposed in the press and Shad realizes that he will live to see Dollar another day.
"Journalism teacher Royes (Sexcess: The New Gender Roles at Work) makes her fiction debut with this disappointing first in a suspense series set in Jamaica. Reformed criminal Shadrack 'Shad' Myers, who tends bar in the community of Largo Bay, has a reputation for getting problems solved. One presents itself in the form of a strange figure on a small island across the bay.Â Shad at first thinks it's a goat, but when he and his American businessman boss, Eric Keller, who happens to own the island, travel there, they discover it's a pretty woman in her 40s, 'her skin the milky brown of a high-born Kingston lady,' who calls herself Simone.Â Simone explains she's taken refuge on the island to escape personal tragedy and human contact.Â But after this promising setup, the plot meanders, and the only suspense is the wait for something to happen. Strong characters and vivid descriptive passages offer only partial compensation." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Goat Woman of Largo Bay begins the detective series featuring Shad, a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, who is the community problem solver and right hand of Eric, an American who owns the bar and a hotel left in ruins by a hurricane.
When Shad sees movement on the island offshore, he thinks it’s just a goat. But it turns out to be Simone, an American who has run away from her professional and personal life in the U.S., an intriguing woman who captures Eric's heart. Always keeping his ear to the ground, Shad discovers that a gunshot heard near Simone’s place late one night isn’t exactly friendly fire, but tied to a plot to harm Simone and ultimately manipulate local elections. But why does someone want to harm Simone? And what does she have to do with the elections? Only Shad can find out.
An irresistible character is born in The Goat Woman of Largo Bay and Royes wonderfully blends suspense and the soul of the islands in this smart debut.
About the Author
Gillian Royes was born in Kingston, Jamaica and spent her childhood in a house overlooking the harbor. That experience-the presence of water, passing fishermen, sunrises over the surrounding hills-colored her life and her later work. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and later went on to the University of Wisconsin and Emory University, where she gained a doctorate in American Studies.
Since then, she has worked in the Caribbean as an author, newspaper columnist, editor and entrepreneur, and in the United States as a communications consultant and university lecturer. Her first book was Business is Good, about a historical Trinidadian corporation. Her second book, Sexcess: The New Gender Rules at Work, appeared in 2004. The Goat Woman of Largo Bay is her first work of fiction.
What Our Readers Are Saying