Troubador Butterfly Ranch

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788039963

eISBN: 9781788030717

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Butterfly Ranch


Tristan Griffin is a household name and the author of a universally popular detective series. For the past few years he has lived in self-exile in a remote jungle lodge nestled in the Mayan hills of Southern Belize, with his partner Hedda. The novel begins as he attempts suicide and Hedda disappears. Altamont Stanbury, an old Kriol police constable posted to the local backwater of San Antonio, rushes to the scene with his daughter Philomena, the village nurse.

Philomena saves Tristan but he remains unconscious. Altamont, a bumbler and long-time reader of crime novels, launches a half-hearted search for Hedda by radio but decides to remain at the lodge. In truth his reverence for Tristan the writer consumes all else, and he becomes obsessed with the Griffin books he finds at the lodge.

When Tristan comes to, he is distraught and at times delirious, haunted by flashbacks of his uncompromising, cursed love for Hedda and the dark secret behind her disappearance. His anger and increasingly erratic behavior only find respite in the presence of Altamont’s innocent daughter. But he feels nothing but spite for Altamont himself, and the relationship between the two threatens to have fatal consequences for one or both.

Butterfly Ranch is a story of obsessive love, self-destruction and unexpected redemption.

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Psychological suspense in Belize

A really satisfying read mixing tragedy, psychological suspense and exotic charm.
The reader is carried forward effortlessly by the writer's serene style.
"You better Belize it !" as they say in that part of the world.

by Zeraldo

This is the kind of the book that draws you in like a spider'web and before you know it, you are trapped in Tristan's world trying to make sense of a whole lot of dark secrets that leave you mesmerized.

I did enjoy reading it, perhaps, the fact that this was done indoors as it was raining heavily outside. Nonetheless, this book will thrill you and maybe just get you wondering how obsessed someone can be and how thin a line there is between love and death.

by Dora Archie Okeyo

I love how each section of the book focuses on a different viewpoint. Good, strong characters who have to face one complication / disaster after another and work through them. Ending was perfect for me.

by Denise Cross

RK Salters

RK Salters was born in Paris to an Irish émigré father and French mother. He is himself an exile, currently living in Lithuania, where he earlier met his future wife while exploring the collapsing Soviet Union. He is a passionate traveller and an expedition in Belizean jungles provided the setting for Butterfly Ranch, his first novel.

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