CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 13 . . . . November 27, 2015
Vicki Delany's Haitian Graves is her second book featuring RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson, with the first having been Juba Good. In this novel, a young attractive mother of two and wife is found dead by her older husband in the family pool. Sergeant Ray Robertson is on loan to the UN as a mentor and advisor to the PNH, the national police in Haiti. An autopsy reveals that the death was not an accident. Almost immediately, the gardener is arrested, but the fast pace and evidence of the case do not sit well with Robertson.
Delany has continued to represent the character of Sergeant Ray Robertson true to form. Robertson is a no-nonsense officer not easily swayed. In Haitian Graves, Delany also develops Robertson's character by filling in details about Robertson's private life making his character multidimensional.
Haitian Graves is more than a murder mystery as Delany delves into the Haitian culture and people and examines the darkest aspects of human nature.
A good read. A story not to be taken lightly.
Christina Pike is the principal of St. Paul's Junior High in St. John's, NL.
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