A banana republic, a perpetual civil war, two murders in a sleepy fishing village and a tall, stunning, blond obeah woman, this is backdrop for a story that might have come from Grahame Greene. In the prohibition era an ambitious young vice-consul investigates the murder of an American in a remote part of Nicaragua. The exotic setting is the appeal of this story and Eric Timar has done a fine job of conveying the ambiance. The character development and the dialect is first rate. Pearl Lagoon will appeal to historical fictions fans and those fond of adventure travel as well anyone who loves a murder mystery.