Book Review of SECRET OF COFFIN ISLAND by Robin Murphy

Secret of Coffin Island (Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team Book 4) by [Murphy, Robin]

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Dr. Marie Bartek and her fiancé, Police Chief Cory Miller, have finally tied the knot.

Their wedding is interrupted, however, by the discovery of a headless corpse. While criminal investigations are Cory's milieu, Marie and her team of psychic researchers have been instrumental in solving mysteries in the past, and she has already received visions that seem to pertain to the mystery at hand.

After suffering a fatal heart attack, her mentor and friend Myra has continued her mentorship from the other side, and Marie takes comfort in her presence and guidance. Once again, Marie uses her psychic ability to lead the police in the right direction.

Are there pirates amiss, killing those who betray them... And is Captain Kidd's treasure buried on Sullivan's Island?

Secret of Coffin Island is a standalone novel.


This is the 4rd book in the SIPS Team book series.  I’ve previously reviewed the 2nd story, Secret of the Big Easy.  As you can see, I’ve missed books one and three, but they can be read as standalones. 

I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal since I’ve had my own encounters, and working with a research team would be awesome, though scary.  This time, Marie has a vision of headless bodies, while she’s preparing for her wedding.  Then, Cory gets a call about a headless body found on their own island of Folly.  Normally, Marie gets visited from the other side by the victims, but this time a young girl named Isabella gets involved as she’s seeing a headless ghost.  And her mother and brother think there’s something mentally wrong with her.  

As more headless bodies show up, the pressure is on to find out who they are, their connection to each other , and who is killing them.  Marie also has to train Isabella in her newfound psychic abilities, and then they find themselves on the hunt for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. 

As in the 2nd book I read, I was really hoping to enjoy the story.  The plot has a lot going for it, but it’s the writing that throws me off.  Robin has improved, but she still hasn’t learned to get into the people and their emotions.  The characters are still so one dimensional.  If I were facing a headless ghost, my heart would be racing, and fear would be making sweat trickle down my spine.  But no, we don’t see any of that. 

And the person that ended up being the villain?  The only reason I didn’t guess that person, is I didn’t really see him/her in the story.  They were such a bland character, I totally overlooked him/her.  As with the 2nd book, it’s entertaining, but average.  I give it 3 skulls.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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