A delightful, subtly humourous, alternate historical, paranormal romance, “Zombie Island” is author Lori Handeland’s sequel to “Shakespeare Undead,” which introduced us to the concept of-William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet extraordinare, as a centuries-old zombie; and his “Dark Lady,” the true love of his vastly extended life, one Katherine Dymond, married lady and domestic abuse victim, Will’s mistress, newly “undead” or presumably so. That is to say, Will has arranged that “Katherine,” loving wife of a not-so-devoted husband, shall appear to die-in order for he to be able to “resurrect” her and install her as his true love, in London, under a different nomenclature. Will and Kate believe they have eradicated the zombie threat posed against London and Queen Elizabeth I, but to their surprise, that’s not quite accurate. Now the duo must do battle once again, while simultaneously keeping Kate’s true condition a secret from her spouse.
This is certainly not the Shakespeare we have been taught to expect, but it is an enjoyable and adventurous one. Ms. Handeland’s lovely prose entices and soothes the reader at the same time it escalates suspense and showers us with background details (such as Will’s pondering on creating a new tragic play based on his experiences, which of course we will know as “Romeo and Juliet.”)