Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay Smith / #Review @TimothyJaySmith


Nick Damigos, the FBI agent, arrives on the island just in time to witness the latest fire and save a beloved truffle-sniffing dog. Hailed as a hero and embraced by the community, Nick finds himself drawn to Takis, a young bartender who becomes his primary suspect, which is a problem because they’re having an affair. Theirs is not the only complicated romance in the community and Takis isn’t the only suspicious character on the island. The priest is an art forger, a young Albanian waiter harbors a secret, the captain of the coast guard station seems to have his own agenda, and the village itself hides a violent history. Nick has to unravel the truth in time to prevent catastrophe, as he comes to terms with his own past trauma. In saving the village, he will go a long way toward saving himself.




Well, one thing is for sure: there is a lot going on in this book. The author writes about some difficult topics and tells it like it is. I like this approach. Why sugar coat? Those things happen and they should be out in the open.

I would not call this book a romantic thriller. It’s more a romantic suspense to me, but hey what’s in a name? As long as the story is good, that’s what matters the most. A lot of boxes were ticked for me: 

  • a mystery to solve: check
  • romance: double check
  • well developed characters: check 
  • well structured story: check
  • great setting: check

If I have to pick a favorite character, it has to be Ridi. He is so sweet, lovable and adorable. 

Once again this story makes me realize that a person’s youth is very important to how they behave in the future. Children can be pushed and pushed and then someday they just can’t take it anymore with all its consequences …

There are a lot of reasons for tears in this book. Some brought on by pain or guilt, others by love or laughter. 4 stars.

Thank you, Timothy Jay Smith


About the author

Tim has traveled the world collecting stories and characters for his novels and screenplays which have received high praise. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his first book, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, “Stolen Memories.” His recent novel, The Fourth Courier received tremendous reviews. His screenplays have won numerous international competitions. Tim is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater. He lives in France.


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