General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

By Leona Bodie

Publisher : WRB Publishing

ABOUT Leona Bodie

Leona Bodie
Leona DeRosa Bodie is the award-winning author of the suspense novel SHADOW CAY and four illustrated children's books. She was born in New Jersey, but lived in Massachusetts and California. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Leona's career took her from high school English teach More...



Madeleine, a naive young woman living on a remote Bahamian Island, uncovers a link between her parents’ untimely death and a global terrorist conspiracy. She vows to find justice before the killers returns for the next of kin.

Firing up the Muse By Leona DeRosa Bodie, Author of SHADOW CAY Have you ever read a great book and wondered what spark fired up that author? Was it pure imagination or real kindling in the author’s past that ignited the writer’s burning desire to spin the tale? The catalyst that drove me to write my fictional thriller, SHADOW CAY, was our personal story. Some years ago, my husband Walt and I suffered through a rough NJ winter. This particular November, we carved our two cars out of an icy parking lot three times in one week and skidded an hour to work. Right there and then, we decided Florida living was for us. We were so desperate to escape our version of Antarctica, we decided to quit our jobs and move. Fortunately, a highly reputable company offered Walt not only a thrilling job in the “Sunshine State” but also a rich relocation package that generously covered all our moving expenses. I still remember my husband’s excitement after the new employee orientation. But weeks later, when he discovered huge irregularities, his enthusiasm for the job soured. As the months and years flew by, he suspected illegal activities and criminal wrongdoing. What should an employee do in a situation like that? That’s what inspired SHADOW CAY. It’s the story of two people who discover a secret that threatens a million lives worldwide. My thriller, however, starts far from corporate America in a remote Bahamian island paradise that soon collides with Miami big business, when a vigilante and an amateur detective join forces. They risk their lives to expose the man behind the world’s most profitable enterprise. But, no one’s EVER crossed Rico Salazar and lived to talk about it.

   An Action Packed, Full of Adventure and Danger Thriller!

SHADOW CAY by Leona Bodie is a suspense/adventure thriller set in 1991 Bahamas and 1999 Florida. It is well written with depth, details, action packed, fast paced, twists and turns. It has big dreams, big money, adventure, suspense, deception, terrorists, vigilante, corruption, lies, maritime, disasters, amateur detective, love, murder, revenge, cartels, greed and a psychopath. The characters are believable, some are larger than life, some are just plain evil. If you enjoy an action packed thriller, roller coaster, with danger, disaster on every corner, full of adventure and suspense you will enjoy this one. 


- April A. Renn, Henderson, NC - 2/11

  Get Ready For A Fast Ride

Get ready for the most exciting, fast-paced book you have read. The author has given readers everything they could want in one book- greed, crime, murder, love, hate, and cartels. Her ability to use vivid descriptions make readers feel as if they are right in the action. Once you start reading thisbook, I guarantee you won't be able to put it down!

- Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (1/28)

  Revenge Has A Price And A Pace That Pounds... 

Evil lurks behind the beauty of lush tropical settings. The choices which characters make are shaped by the dramatic circumstances that confront them. Otherwise honorable people can be corrupted by a variety of forces. Innocence becomes a dispensible commodity and evening the score a powerful motivator. Shadow Cay is a riveting story steeped in powerful emotions against a backdrop of natural beauty and the pursuit of power, money, prestige and revenge. A fast paced, engaging thriller that is sure to please.

Gayle H. Swift - Palm City, FL (11/10)

  Intense, Chilling, Entertaining Novel

Shadow Cay sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The authors' use of dates and locations keeps the reader fromSHADOW CAY getting lost in the numerous twists and turns of the storyline. The charactersketches provide a good sense of who the players are without long drawn-out descriptions which, in a lesser authors hand could slow the pace. The beautiful Bahamas background is in direct contrast to the frightening action taking place which adds to the gritty texture of the story.

If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. Although readers pretty much know the good guys from the bad fairly early on, the story keeps one engaged to the very end with a number of surprises and thrilling scenes as the protagonists try to sort out the deep web of deceit before more people end up dead.

- Edie Dykeman, BellaOnline Mystery Editor (9/10)

    Suspense And Thrills

This is a novel that is full of suspense and thrills...I could never fully explain this storyline in a short review. It is deep and rich, flowing with many characters that all piece together like a fine jig saw puzzle bringing forth a story that reels with adventure and intrigue.

I feel this story actually touches upon the motives and hearts of so many that dapple in the dark world of corruption. It is one of evil, and those who are determined to fight it, even at the risk of losing their own lives. It is one of love, and one of hate, greed versus common good for man, the problem, which one will win. A real thriller, one that wraps around you and keeps you tied to the pages until the final curtain. Excellent writing, recommended.

- Shirley Johnson/Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review

    Suspense DrivenSHADOW CAY

Leona DeRosa Bodie is the author of suspense novel Shadow Cay, a novel focusing on a detective named Peter Duncan and a woman named Madeleine Nesbitt who is a vigilante.

Together they forged a team that is destined for dark days, investigating a man with little conscience behind the world's most profitable enterprise. Corruption. Deception. Lies.

When your next heartbeat might kill you, you live a life on the edge and in suspense and that is exactly where these two characters created by author Leona DeRosa Bodie live. Their story is captivating, their bravery unique and the story is full of twists and turns, which leave the reader wanting more while flipping through pages.

This was a fun, easy read for me and I enjoyed curling up in my bed with a cup of tea and this book. Filled with authentic details, dates and genuine dialogue, the author weaves a credible take and credible characters.

Recommended for anyone with a desire for suspense, mystery and a good read.

- Ami Blackwelder, Hot Gossip Hot Reviews & Author -The Hunted of 2060

   A Great Novel

Intrigue, true to life characters, revenge and a simple love story all pouredSHADOW CAY into a great novel - equals all the right ingredients for an academy award winning movie...mark my words. I loved the descriptions of the beautiful Florida waterways, scenic views, trees, the colors of the water and the coastal beauty - ranging from the high life in Miami to our beautiful Florida Key West and ending at the Great Bahama Bank.

Ms. Bodie's portrait of the Columbian Drug Cartel would give anyone nightmares. Ruthless and relentless in their quest for cash fueled by pure greed, the "bad guys" were believable yet I felt the fright of the innocent people they antagonized. As in true life, the police were both good and on the take! I'm afraid to give too much away, so take my advice and buy this book before it runs out of print - then you will have to wait!

- Mary Mitchell, Stuart FL

  Gripping Suspense


Shadow Cay is filled with dark secrets and gripping suspense. Leona Bodie clearly has intimate knowledge of the Bahamas and the profession of 'forensic science' that encompasses more than the cops, fingerprints, and DNA analyses found in most "whodunits." Every successful thriller needs both good villains and protagonists, and Bodie's suspenseful novel is a treat to read because of the way the author goes about delineating her characters. Leona Bodie is a fresh new talent in the much-plowed field of mystery books with something interesting and original to say. Shadow Cay is a 'can't put down' reading experience.

-Malcolm Mahr, Author of The Secret Diary of Marco Polo and Murder at Paradise SpaSHADOW CAY

  Steamy Suspense

Leona Bodie is a masterful storyteller, and I highly recommend her new thriller, SHADOW CAY. The MDPD Crime Lab was inspiration for some parts of her first novel. This book speaks to the challenges Forensic Professionals face every day especially in Dade County. SHADOW CAY is a steamy suspense about murder, drug cartel and local corruption taking place in the warm tropics between Miami and the Bahamas.

Chere Reynolds, Criminalist II, MDPD and President of Florida Association of Forensic Professionals


I absolutely loved SHADOW CAY. Just finished it a few minutes's definitely a winner! Movie material? ABSOLUTELY! I was so enthralled with the book.....what a good read and what wonderful writing. I am so impressed with SHADOW CAY!

Linda Quarles, Ocala FL