Murder On Quadra Island is the third in the Island cozy series after Island Charms and Murder At The Island Spa.
Along the way they run into a stream of suspects but aren't sure the police have zeroed in on the right one. A newly released felon, a bereaved mother anxious to make amends, an abused ex-wife, a wandering cat, and a man from the city's crime underbelly all seem to feel Abby and Summer can help them. Abby's family is adamant she stay out of this investigation, but, once again, Abby gets swept along in the undercurrents of murder.
Will her curiosity lead her too far this time?
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The first two in the series are:
1. What is the largest island in the world. Is It--
c) Baffin Island
d) Sri Lanka
2. Which Western Hemisphere Island is considered by many to be the setting for a Shakespearean play?
3. What Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is home to rows of large stone statues?
a) Easter Island
4. Which Hawaiian Island was settled as a colony for lepers?
5. What nation claims an island known as Pig Beach that is home to swimming pigs but unoccupied by humans?
6. What is the world's largest artificial island?
a) Yas Island, Dubai
b) Flevopolder in The Netherlands
c) Kansia Airport, Japan
d) Fundao Island, Brazil
7. What is the largest unpopulated island in the world?
a) Tetapare Island
b) Cocos Island
c) Devon Island
d) Aldabra Island
8. Which islands played a role in Darwin's theory of evolution?
a) Canary Islands
b) The Maldives
c) The Galapagos Islands
d) the Falkland Islands
9. Which of the following describes an atoll, a special type of island?
a) An island formed of layers of lava from an underwater volcano
b) An island surrounded by a coral reef
c) An island with a lagoon at its centre
d) All of the above
10. What island is home to L'Anse aux Meadows, the site of a Viking settlement by Leif Erickson?
a) Kodiak Island
b) Prince Edward Island
c) Baffin Island
And now for the Jumble Puzzle. Can you unscramble the names of these islands?
And now for the answers:
Trivia —How did you do?
1. The answer is Greenland. Australia is bigger but it is classified as a continent rather than an island.
2. Bermuda. Although the Island in The Tempest in some ways appears to be an unnamed island in the Mediterranean, there are many things that apply to Bermuda, such as the shipwrecks, the reference to Devil's Island, the isolation and hints at new worlds and colonialism. Also, at that time exploration of the New World was very much a topic of interest. It is believed that Shakespeare had Bermuda in mind when he wrote the play.
3. Easter Island, a territory of Chile, is home to the statues. These carved stone statues with large human heads sit in rows on pedestals and are called moai. They were built by the Rapa Nui in the 13th to 16th centuries and archaeologists and anthropologists have mused for sometime on their meaning.
4. A portion of the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, now known for pineapples, ranching and tourism, was established by the government as a quarantined leper colony in the 1800s. It functioned as such until 1969. Father Damien was a missionary who came to Moloka'i to minister to the lepers and in time, contracted the disease himself. He has been canonized by the Catholic Church for his ministry.
5. The Bahamas. No one is certain how the pigs got there. Some say they came from a shipwreck, some say they were dropped off as a future dinner for sailors who never returned, while others say they were placed there deliberately as a tourism ploy. In any case the swimming pigs are thriving and accompanied on the island by a few cats and goats but no human residents. They do have many visitors and admirers though, as they are a tourist attraction.
6. At 970 Square miles, the hands down winner is Flevopolder, the Netherlands. Known for their dykes and reclamation of land, the Dutch reclaimed this land in the estuary and Flevopolder is home to 400,000 inhabitants, agriculture and a nature preserve. Yas, Kansai and Fundao are ranked 2nd, 3rd and 9th largest in the world, respectively.
7. The answer is Devon Island, in the Canadian Arctic. It is home to musk ox, some small mammals and is an important region for birds. Devon has a cold, inhospitable climate with little precipitation. Its geography includes the Devon Ice Cap and a 14 mile wide crater which gives it an otherworldly appearance. In fact astronauts have visited the Island in preparation for flight to Mars and have tested equipment in the hostile environment.
8. The answer is the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador. They are known for their diversity of wildlife. Charles Darwin visited the islands in his travels on the Beagle. The finches that varied from island to island intrigued him. He also studied tortoises, plants and other wildlife and took samples back to England with him.
9. The answer is d) All of the above. An atoll takes millions of years to form as layer upon layer of lava is laid down from the underground volcano. Coral or exoskeletons of marine life form in a circle around the island. Eventually erosion of the internal island and waves from the ocean form a lagoon at the centre.
10. The answer is Newfoundland. L'Anse aux Meadows, on the peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland, is the site of a settlement by Leif Erickson in the tenth or eleventh century. The Vikings eventually abandoned the site but it is unknown why. The site was discovered by archaeologists in the 1960s and is now a popular tourist site.
And the answers to the Jumble? Did you get them all?
I hope you all join me for another of Abby's adventures in Murder on Quadra Island.
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