I just got back from a cruise to Jamaica, and my wife and I toured the Rose Hall Plantation, a restored "great house" that was the centerpiece of a sugar cane empire near Montego Bay, from about 1750 to 1870. The selling point for this tourist attraction is the legend of Annie Palmer, mistress of the home and boss of the business in the first three decades of the 19th century. The legend claims the white woman was a witch, skilled in voodoo, sexually voracious, and possibly killed her first three husbands and got away with it. She was also reputed to be extra cruel to slaves with attitude, yet not adverse to taking some of the male slaves to her bedroom. Annie was killed in 1831 in a slave rebellion, and is buried on the grounds. "They" say she haunts the place. It's a good yarn, can't be disproven, and while probably little of it is true except the cruelty to human property, this book presents a fictional version of the last several months of Annie's life. Frankly, the quality of the writing is pretty low: grammatical errors abound, and sentence structure is awkward at best. However, having seen the home, heard the guide's narrative, and fallen under the spell a bit of its beautiful setting on a hillside, I am glad to have read the book. It would make a fascinating film in the right hands. The author seems to be pretty credible in his descriptions of plantation life, slavery's evils, the sugar and rum businesses of the era, and the hardships even for the powerful white landowners. His explanations of voodoo also appear believable. Whether the widow Palmer was really a quick seducer of her male employees, and those employees quickly provided with the the fringe benefits of slave girls to do their laundry and cooking and bed-sharing, is debatable. I give the book only one star for presentation, since the manuscript seems never to have encountered even a minimally skilled copy editor, but as a potential movie outline, it's got all the action, melodrama and suspense one would desire. If you ever get to Montego Bay, don't miss the Rose Hall tour. It will give you a couple of hours of harmless fun, and a peek at a bygone world and its luxuries. One of the more interesting aspects to me was that the late Johnny and June Cash, whose winter home was only five minutes away, donated a couple of pieces of fine old furniture to the restoration, and performed a concert out front to raise funds for it. The curent owners of Rose Hall also bought the Cash home after Johnny's death.