Umboi Island: A Creature X Mystery
Published by: Dundurn Press
Imprint: Dundurn Press
Sales Date: 2022-03-08
Published: March 2022
280 Pages, 5.00 x 8.00 x 0.70 in
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Laura Reagan, host of Creature X, wants to leave North America behind and step out from the shadow of her father’s cryptozoological research. She leads her team to Umboi Island, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, to shoot a cryptozoological documentary about the mysterious Ropen, a bioluminescent pterosaur-like creature that has somehow survived extinction.
In a stroke of luck, Laura and her team see a mysterious purple light above the trees. Could it actually be what they’re searching for? But the hunt for the Ropen takes a drastic turn when a body turns up in the Creature X camp. With satellite phones down, Laura and her team are stuck on the island with a murderer — and no chance of help.
Dupuis’s entertaining third Creature X mystery (after 2021’s Lake Crescent) smoothly combines scientific mystery and action. Fans of Lincoln Child’s Jeremy Logan books will hope this series has a long run. Publishers Weekly
Umboi Island is a tremendously fun murder mystery, full of savvy characters, sensory depictions of a lush jungle, and morbid lawlessness. Delphic Reviews
A solid mystery, rich setting, and lots of action...bold and confident, narrative-wise. Literary Treats
A good old-fashioned action-adventure novel, complete with martial arts, gun fights, and a far-off setting...an enjoyable, fast-paced read. Cannonball Reads
First and foremost a romp and an evolutionary step forward for the Boys Own Adventure genre….While writing a hunt for a mythological creature, Dupuis has managed a few blows in getting rid of other dinosaurs altogether. True Crime Fiction