Manchineel: A Skye MacLeod Mystery by John BallemManchineel: A Skye MacLeod Mystery by John Ballem

Manchineel: A Skye MacLeod Mystery

byJohn Ballem

Paperback | May 2, 2000

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All the ingredients for a superb thriller are present in John Bishop Ballem's tenth novel. On Manchineel, the Caribbean playground of the rich and famous, Skye MacLeod flies his own vintage airplane, attends parties, flirts with a gin-loving princess, and falls in love with the ex-wife of a powerful American senator. He comes to realize that there is something dreadfully wrong with this island paradise through a series of strange events: unusual shark attacks, voodoo ceremonies, and the disappearance of several children and young adults.

John Bishop Ballem is the author of nine previous mysteries and thrillers. He is senior partner in the law firm Ballem MacInnes, and is considered "the dean of oil and gas law." Most recently, he published The Oil and Gas Lease in Canada (University of Toronto Press). John is a frequent visitor to the islands of the Caribbean; he is a ...
Title:Manchineel: A Skye MacLeod MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 0.3 inPublished:May 2, 2000Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888822170

ISBN - 13:9780888822178

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light entertainment... Ballem's latest offering is a very entertaining read. When I read a book, like watching a movie, I simply try to enjoy the ride. Too many people waste too much energy analyzing things, rather than simply enjoying the story. Manchineel took me away for a short while...thoroughly enjoyable!
Date published: 2001-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MANCHINEEL ISLAND SINKS The potential of this story, given the setting and basic plot, was enormous. Unfortunately it's flawed from the outset. Too many characters too soon; too much unnecessary detail; and the ringing hokiness of a Hardy Boys mystery. I have read a number of Ballem's short stories...all are quality entertainment. A shame it's not found here.
Date published: 2001-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Having travelled to the Caribbean, I could really relate to this story...romance, passion,'s all there! Once I picked this one up, I literally couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2001-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally pathetic! The greatest excitement in this book was reaching the last page. The characters are shallow and one-dimensional and the plot is light years away from credibility. The author is apparently an expert on gas and oil law and has written a textbook on the subject. He should stick to doing what he knows best.
Date published: 2000-08-15

From Our Editors

Skye MacLeod is an independent investor and amateur pilot who one winter, finds himself on the Caribbean island of Manchineel. This tiny island is usually the setting for the holidaying royalty and the very rich. However, this winter something is going terribly wrong and MacLeod is right in the middle of it. Manchineel by John Ballem is a taut and lively mystery novel, filled with intrigue and dark secrets. Amidst the pulse of the voodoo drums and the blistering heat, MacLeod only has so much time to uncover a very sinister plot hatched by some evil criminals. This is a thrilling ride and one of Ballem’s best.

Editorial Reviews

[Ballam's] extensive travels and keenly honed skills in the legal profession have allowed him to give an aura of versismilitude to the unusual, and often exotic, settings and large-scale political intrigues against which the action of his thrillers unfolds.

- The Calgary Herald