Book Review, Murder, Mystery, Series, Suspense

The Raven’s Cry (Wynter Island Mystery #1) by Kim Herdman Shapiro


TV producer Kate Zoë Thomas, fleeing an abduction in Afghanistan and heartbreak in Boston, accepts the first job that gives her a fresh start: station manager at a tiny community channel on Wynter Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands.

But, try as she may, Kate cannot outrun her bad luck. On a moonlit walk to a local beach, Kate spots a body bobbing in the surf. In shock, she recognizes the lifeless face and realizes there is only one person on the island with a motive for his murder.


Will she manage to solve the mystery before the murderer stops her?


The author asked me to review her debut mystery novel and it is a page-turner. It’s a great start to the Wynter Island Mystery series and I can’t wait to see what more Shapiro has in store for the quirky characters on the beautiful island in British Columbia.

Told from Kate Zoë Thomas’ point of view the story follows her flight from Boston to Wynter Island after catching her boyfriend cheating. She barely arrives on the island to begin her new job as the television station manager when she discovers the body of her ex-boyfriend and becomes the number one suspect for his murder. The island is small and the citizens seem closely connected so it was going to take an outsider and journalist like her to solve this case. 

Kate is a confident and independent woman who is living with PTSD from her kidnapping in war-torn Afghanistan and reeling from the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Daniel. She is the chief suspect in Daniel’s death, but she has lots of supporters from her new friends and neighbors on the island…well, she thought she did. It seems like the killer has other plans for her, but not if she can find the killer first.

This is definitely a character-driven mystery with devoted animal lovers, over-protective parents, instant friends with buried secrets, and loyal canines. 

This thriller pulls you in with its beautiful setting, its perplexing dynamic between the islanders, and its extraordinary plot twists. If you love some laughs, lots of lies, and many leads, give this exciting thriller a try!


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Kim worked as a journalist in Canada for many years, with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. Her book, Gelato with the Pope, highlights her time as a syndicated travel columnist in the Nineties. In addition to her travel column, she has written feature articles for numerous publications, edited a monthly children’s publication in British Columbia, and had her poetry published in Do Whales Jump at Night?: A Canadian Anthology of Children’s Poetry. She won a Microsoft Network award for the best website for Footloose, one of the first digital e-zines on the internet. For the past eight years, she has been working on her video project, What the Hell is a Toque? This chronicles her travels with her sons from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and north to the Canadian Arctic. Kim is also a board member of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two sons, and three dogs.

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