The third book in Marion Leigh's Petra Minx series of adventure thrillers was launched in Spain in September 2018 and in South Africa in November. A Holiday to Die For takes Petra through South Africa and Namibia on a dangerous quest to thwart the plans of a diabolical human predator. Book signings at The Bookshop, San Pedro Alcantara, Spain, and The Bay Bookshop, Hout Bay, South Africa, gave Marion the opportunity to interact with local readers.
Dead Man's Legacy, the second book in the Petra Minx series, was launched at Buy-The-Book, in Nassau, Bahamas, which is where the story begins and ends. Bahamians are avid readers and supporters of new authors.
The first book in the series, The Politician's Daughter, takes Petra undercover to the Mediterranean on the trail of a missing girl. It was published in 2011 by Rudling House.
Other books by Marion include:
Rosie Aims High, A Rosie Raccoon story for children, based on an event that occurred in Toronto, Canada, in May 1983 (Kindle e-book) and
An adult poetry collection entitled To Love Sex and Cunning Linguistics (Kindle e-book)
Another great and easy read as Petra travels through The Cape Town area of South Africa and Namibia. Supposedly on holiday, she finds herself embroiled in the machinations of a white supremacist group, where idealistic young women are exploited. As always, Marion takes her protagonist through interesting local scenes and events and a fight against time to save a young Canadian woman from a fate, possibly worse than death.
by Sailor Bryan
This was a thrilling adventure! The story was wonderful and how the author told it made you feel as if you were there with Petra. There was enough of a story just around the wedding that it could have been it’s own book! But once Petra and Carlo ventured off on their African Safari, the questions kept coming, keeping you on the edge of our seat. After the book ended, I only wanted more. I am left with a question though - What was the main purpose of what Florian and Father John did? I can make my own assumptions based on bits and pieces of things they said throughout the book, but there was no real description of the “why” for them. I would like to see if this story continues or if that is the end of it all together. I’d be happy to read more of the Petra Minx books.
by Marla Pizzicara
If the reader would like a good, solid story line, an interesting setting and a good sense of adventure, this "tour' through South Africa fills the bill nicely. A well-written enjoyable mystery that was my first for this series. I will likely seek to read more. Particularly enjoyable were the descriptive travel passages which made the reader's interest in the location grow. My only concern as a reader was the shifting back and forth between the two story lines. While the connection did become obvious as the story progressed, the transitions sometimes seemed a bit abrupt. All in all a good read that mystery lovers should enjoy.
by Sharon Canipe
This book is everything a psychological thriller/mystery should be! The author created characters that are well developed and a plot that moves along quickly! I found myself completely immersed in this one! Highly recommend!
by Cristie Underwood
We greatly enjoyed reading A HOLIDAY TO DIE FOR. Once again Petra Minx is on a mission in exotic countries, this time South Africa and Namibia. It is in the details in Marion Leigh's depictions of these locations that make them so real. And the characters Petra encounters, the quirky, the shady, the mysterious, raise the story telling above a mere action thriller. The female characters especially intrigued us, from the irrepressible teenagers Megan and Hilary to the powerful Mrs Pinderally. After an exciting read, we put the book down and await the next one - where will Petra's next mission send her?
by Roger & Joyce Hendry
Marion Leigh grew up in Birmingham, England, a distinction she is delighted to share with authors Lee Child, Jonathan Coe and the great J.R.R. Tolkien. After graduating in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, she spent a year doing volunteer work in Indonesia then worked as a teacher in London. Later, she moved to Canada where she established and ran a successful financial and legal translation company. Never a good skier, she now likes to spend the winter in warmer climes, including Spain and the Bahamas.
Marion draws on her travel experiences on five continents to add authenticity and local colour to her writing. Boating is also a recurrent theme, reflecting her passion for the water. Her latest novel, A Holiday to Die For, takes Petra Minx to South Africa and Namibia on a dangerous quest to thwart the plans of a beautiful human predator. It is the third in her Petra Minx series of adventure thrillers, following The Politician's Daughter and Dead Man's Legacy.