A sunny place for shady people

A Sunny Place for Shady People by Ryan Murdock

My new book is now available for your reading pleasure.

It’s called A Sunny Place for Shady People, and it’s about six years I spent living on the island of Malta.

I went there because I wanted to write an island book inspired by Lawrence Durrell — and there was light and laughter in those early years. But then there was an election, and everything changed.

I watched an organized criminal network take over the government of a European Union member state with the widespread support of its citizens. It culminated in the brutal car bomb assassination of a writer I admired, the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The Office of the Prime Minister was implicated in her murder, but no politicians have been arrested or charged. The same political party is still in power.

My book attempts to show why a journalist could be killed in broad daylight in such a small place, and why those who ordered the hit have gotten away with it. I think the roots of it all are deeply embedded in the culture.

You’ll be as outraged as I am after reading about this terrible injustice.

If you’ve been to Malta as a tourist, you’ll discover so much more happening below the surface of a sunny holiday destination.

And if you like travel and culture, I think you’ll find the history of this utterly unique little country as fascinating as I did. Despite the depths the country has been dragged to in recent years, Malta has much to be proud of.

I’ve tried to capture all of that with no fluff and no filler.

Here’s how you can order your copy of A Sunny Place for Shady People today. 

For those back home in Canada:

For those of you in the US:

For UK readers:

Here in Germany and the EU:

And finally, for those of you clinging on to the bottom of the world hoping not to fall off:

Those are a few options.

I don’t have links for readers in Malta but I’m told Meli’s Bookshop in Valletta plans to stock copies.

You can also share my book with your Facebook and LinkedIn followers by clicking those links.

Sharing it with your friends, family members and social media networks is such a huge help. I really appreciate your support.

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About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • I had the same experience, I lived in, Malta from 2010 to 2022.
    It’s absolutely shocking how the government behaves and gets away with it.
    I’ve often thought that corruption on such a scale can’t be maintained but year on year it continues with no accountability.
    You’re right about it being cultural, corruption is so endemic no-one sees a problem. The majority have done very well because they all have a finger in the pie(s). Therefore no-one would want to stop it, even if they did see the ethical, moral and criminal issues.

    • It’s a shame we never crossed paths while I was there.

      That’s exactly what I tried to show in my book: the roots of this seemingly top-to-bottom corruption and how it enabled what happened during Joseph Muscat’s tenure, including the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the brave journalist who kept exposing the rot. What struck me most during my first couple years in Malta was all those things people accepted as normal that were utterly bizarre when seen from outside.


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