Murder on Castaway Island

by Alicia Gael

On a cloudless summer day, ghostwriter Phyl Long and educator Virgie Campbell meet as they wait for a private boat to Castaway Island. The attraction between the two is immediate, as is the excitement of a relaxing weekend getting to know each other. But once they arrive on the island, Phyl and Virgie discover things aren’t what they should be. After meeting the other guests, they realize the staff are confused, there’s no Wi-Fi, and the phone coverage is spotty. And there’s no way to leave the island.

A charged accusation. A death. Another death, and then another…and another… As their fellow island occupants are murdered one by one, Phyl and Virgie realize their only hope of escaping is to work together to unmask the killer. But how does each know that the other isn’t using their budding romance as cover for a very twisted plan?





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Genre Mystery
Length 192 pages
Publication Date January 11, 2024
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642475104e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"When I was twelve, I started writing stories on my father’s manual typewriter. They were about my friends and their celebrity crushes. I guess I was writing fan fiction before fan fiction was a thing. Over the next forty-five years, I tried numerous times to write a novel. I have at least a dozen first chapters in a file cabinet. Then, in 2020, I gave NaNoWriMo a try and finished with a 50k first draft of Murder on Castaway Island. It’s a modernized, queer take on one of my favorite books, Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None."

—Alicia Gael


Debbie B. - Good book! This book had a bit of everything! It had suspense, Action packed, intrigue, mystery, murder, revenge, a great who done it, great plot twist, and some crazy twists and turns! I definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading!

Shimere A.. - I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery…

Jude S. - I didn’t count how many times I had to remind myself to breathe. I was on the edge of my seat almost from page one and only sat back comfortably after I’d read the last sentence.

Betsy T. - Wow, I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. An amazing debut for Alicia Gael. Murder on Castaway Island is a retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None but with a completely sapphic take. Even though I have read the book and watched every movie based on the book I was still completely engrossed in this one. Ten people are brought to an island each for different reasons. It becomes clear quickly that not everything is as it seems and that their lives are in danger. This is a fast-paced mystery. That is very much worth the read.

Bonnie K. - This is like a modern day Agathe Christie. A well written fast paced, engaging and entertaining mystery. This will have you guessing who did it until the end. Well done Alicia Gael.

Claire E. - A sapphic version of an Agatha Christie classic, what's not to love? Characters to agree with, to hate and to applaud their handling of bigotry. A group of nine women and one nonbinary person are lured to an island where one by one they are murdered. The ending is also a little Agatha Christie like too, as the tenuous connection between all the victims and the murderer is revealed. Entertaining light read. Devoured in an afternoon.

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