Book Reviews

Island Detective (An Isle Story 6) by Sue Brown at One Hat Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Private Investigator / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-July-2021

Book Blurb

Skandik and Owens, private detectives. Can they find a man who vanished over thirty years ago? Or will their first case break them apart?

With a new job as a private detective on a small island, Olaf has everything he’s dreamed of. A life as an openly gay man, a partner who adores every fuzzy hair on his body, and his adopted family and friends who love him. So why does he feel something is still missing?

With a promotion that’s his for the taking, Paul has everything he never dreamed of. His closeted cop is finally in the same country as him. His interfering family and friends are happy for him. So why isn’t he satisfied?

Then on his first day of business Olaf gets the worst possible case. To discover whether a sixteen-year-old gay boy who disappeared thirty-five years ago is alive or dead. As they delve into the dark history of the boy’s family, both Olaf and Paul are forced to confront their relationship.

Will Paul take the promotion? Will Olaf walk away if he does? Or will they face the fact that their relationship is more important than anything else?


Book Review

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ~ Stephen R. Covey


Olaf, of ‘Island Detective’ by Sue Brown, followed his lover, Paul, across an ocean to be with him. But they are still not together. Olaf lives on the Isle of Wight and most of Paul’s family and Paul live in London, where he works as a police detective. Paul loves his job and living in the big city near his parents. Olaf loves Paul, but hates London. So, he lives on the Isle. Paul visits as often as he can, but, especially lately, it’s not enough.


Olaf has a job as a police officer on the Isle but it is a far cry from his career in the US. One day, after an encounter with some punks involving food, he quits. Since he is too proud to live off Paul, he opens a detective agency. Before he can even get started, a man comes to him with a case. He wants Olaf to find his brother, who went missing thirty-five years ago. He knows his brother may be dead, that his father may have killed him, but, either way, he needs to know for sure. Cold cases are notoriously hard to solve, but Olaf accepts the challenge.


As he proceeds, Olaf uncovers a history of abuse and homophobia, both brutal and graphic, that seems to support his client’s claims that his father murdered his brother. His brother was gay and, despite his father’s disapproval, didn’t hide it. The night he disappeared, his father had caught him with another man, and a fight ensued. He told everyone that his son ran away. Olaf’s investigation stirs up a lot of terrible memories and resentment. No one wants to talk about it. The information Olaf gleans out of his research is contradictory and incomplete, but he keeps trying to get to the truth.


When Olaf receives a call from a colleague of Paul’s, it puts his inquiry on hold. Paul is in the hospital after sustaining injuries in the line of duty. It upsets Olaf that Paul didn’t call him, but he is grateful that the other officer did. Olaf rushes to the hospital and sees that Paul is in awful shape. Paul admits that he should have called Olaf and is grateful that he came. Since the doctor tells Paul he can’t leave the hospital unless he has someone to care for him, Olaf steps up. Olaf takes Paul back to the Isle where he can rest and recuperate. Olaf and Paul know they can’t go on the way things are now. They need to be together all the time or go their separate ways. 


I am delighted Sue created another story about the Isle so I could, once again, visit with Olaf, Paul, his family, and the rest of its colorful residents. The missing person investigating was exciting and suspenseful. Thanks, Sue, for solving the case and for finding a solution for Paul and Olaf.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 155 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-June-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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