Very soon betrayal and mortal danger lurk in the shadows, along with the dark deeds of kidnapping and clandestine scuba diving…
2) What a fantastic fast-paced read this is! The plot twists and turns and keeps us guessing… Morton has cleverly illuminated this text with his knowledge of Tenerife and of Spanish. Yet he does not overwhelm the reader with these details. They just allow the story to seem more real…I actually read the book whilst staying on Tenerife. That probably enhanced my enjoyment of the novel - many of the places mentioned I knew from this visit… It certainly made this an excellent holiday read on this beauty-endowed island.
3) We are introduced to some colourful characters as the flavour and nature of the island is revealed, and the hint of romance hangs in the air…There is also something deliciously sensuous about the description of Senora Pineda, the cook, vigorously slicing open a fresh wholemeal roll, her pendulous chest and upper arms wobbling with the cutting motion. And when she lops off thin slivers of cucumber and places them on top of the cheese and tomato, why do I think of knives, and blood, and sliced flesh? This is vigorous, dramatic writing, and sends shivers down my spine. Another scene where Laura takes a bath is blissfully described. These gems give pause while the story races on, scene giving way to action-packed scene, where neither the characters nor the reader knows exactly what is happening or why. Despite the danger, with surprisingly little bloodshed, the Dragon Tree wins out, and the cleverly crafted story comes to a surprising but credible close. This is a breathless read - totally satisfying.
4) When Laura Reid, a linguist, comes to work for the Chavez family in Tenerife, she cannot imagine the terrifying twists and turns her life will take… crimes committed by the well-drawn characters on this seemingly peaceful and beautiful island. Lots of pace, a really good yarn and a skilfully painted picture of Tenerife made it an excellent read.
And if you like Blood of the Dragon Trees, you might also like Spanish Eye, 22 cases from Leon Cazador, half-English, half-Spanish private eye, 'in his own words'.
Spanish Eye - paperback and e-book
Amazon UK here
Amazon COM here