Always Kiss the Corpse on Whidbey Island

ISBN 9781926741130
Softcover | Publication Date: August 17, 2011
Book Dimensions: 5.25 in x 8.5 in
312 Pages

About the Book

Sandro Vasiliadis, a nurse at the Whidbey Island General Hospital, has died of an apparent heroin overdose. When his grieving mother bends over to kiss her son’s corpse at the viewing, she shrieks, “That’s not Sandro!” Convinced that her son must still be alive, Maria Vasiliadis hires Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin to solve the mystery. With questions of foul play continuing to swirl around the death, the detectives’ inquiries lead them deeper into Sandro’s life and eventually to a medical clinic that specializes in transgendering.

The second in the Islands Investigations International Mystery series, Always Kiss the Corpse takes Kyra and Noel’s investigation from the rush of Seattle to the seeming peace of the San Juan Islands in this thrilling page-turner. It’s only once the detectives come to understand Sandro in life that they unlock the secret to his death. Also available in hardcover.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Frances Duncan is the author of ten award-winning books for children and adults. Her articles have appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. Sandy’s work of historical fiction, Gold Rush Orphan, was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She is co-author of the three other books in the Islands Investigations International series: Never Sleep with a Suspect on Gabriola Island, Always Kiss the Corpse on Whidbey Island, and Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island.


“For readers who have not thought about [gender identity] issues, this novel is an excellent introduction as well as being a gripping mystery.” —The Times Colonist

“Sweeps the reader along.” —

“Duncan and Szanto bring their A-game to this daring and complex novel.” —Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada

“It’s hard not to enjoy following along with the engaging investigative duo and the beautifully depicted Pacific Northwest setting in which they work.” —