A Meditation on Murder: A gripping and uplifting cosy crime mystery from the creator of Death in Paradise: Book 1 (A Death in Paradise Mystery)

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A Meditation on Murder: A gripping and uplifting cosy crime mystery from the creator of Death in Paradise: Book 1 (A Death in Paradise Mystery)

A Meditation on Murder: A gripping and uplifting cosy crime mystery from the creator of Death in Paradise: Book 1 (A Death in Paradise Mystery)

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His a very straight laced police officer and to see him, not so much talk out loud for others to hear him, but for us as reader to see him more in a personal light was very delightful, and surprising. It wasn't until after I finished reading A Meditation on Murder that it occurred to me: Thorogood is still working on Death in Paradise, so he's unlikely to develop Richard and Camille's relationship in the books, given that the series appears to be persisting in trying to make Camille/Humphrey a thing. They have been drugged and at one time bamboozled out of tons of money, by the same man who just happens to be dead, whodunnit? His team-- Camille, Dwayne and Fidel-- have hopes of converting Poole to their island lifestyle, but I personally believe they're doomed to failure.

Soon, Helen finds herself trying to avoid becoming Instafamous while bringing some peace to a girl who very much needs it. It's unclear at this point whether the books are designed to portray an 'alternate timeline' Death in Paradise or whether they take place within the known world of the show.Really clever writing in that we're almost part of DI Poole's brain as it whirls round processing every minute part of the investigation. It is a comedy, mystery and always an ending in which the detective and his staff gather all suspects around and explains the murder and who did it. The story itself is a traditional “locked room” whodunit and when local hotelier Aslan Kennedy is found murdered inside a locked room it seems an open and shut case – only five other people were in that room and one has confessed, after all. The book recaps the evidence in the form of Richard Poole's evidence board so the reader can make sure they haven't missed any points along the way. In 2008, Robert entered the inaugural Red Planet Prize and was a chosen finalist, where he was able to pitch his 'Copper in the Caribbean' idea to Tony Jordan.

A great celebration of the original show as written by the original creator of the show with charcters he thought of first. We do also get some great descriptions such as this: ‘he frowned like a barn owl who’d just received some bad news. What I liked most about reading this book is that fact that it read EXACTLY as if I was watching an unaired episode from seasons 1 or 2 when Det. There is a big difference between writing a screenplay and writing a novel, and this book is case in point. I don't think the characters were very well developed, apart from Richard Poole's obvious OCD/mild Asperger's and the plot was mediocre - I had most of it worked out not long after the murder.It was - complete with characters I enjoy, especially Detective Inspector Richard Poole, a homesick Brit, a fish out of water, but with great detecting skills, his young detective sergeant Camille Bordey and her amusing reactions to Poole, Officer Dwayne Myers, older and a bit of a cynic, and Poole's resident lizard Harry at his shack on the beach. I can say that there were moments of "slowness" but it wasn't enough to stop you from reading it, being that the same man who wrote the show wrote the books, it was very true to form. As a big Agatha Christie fan myself, this book reminded me of her style, and I’m eager to continue with the rest of the series. Their camaraderie is good – they have a rapport with each other and there is chemistry but I am glad that the author resisted any impulse for them to get together – In a lot of ways Richard and Camille would make a wonderful couple – but it should never actually happen. The opening page also implies an element of arrogance that can go with such a lifestyle, when it mentions how Kennedy’s attitude towards time, ‘made making appointments with him a little trying […] But that wasn’t Aslan’s problem.

It definitely kept me guessing throughout the story and the revelations were very gripping and satisfying. One with an intelligent but peculiar and eccentric detective inspector who invariably solves the murder crime in the end. In fact, he’s convinced that the person who’s just confessed to the murder is the one person who couldn’t have done it. I suspect that the author has taken a screenplay and turned it into prose without realising that novelists have a different skill set from dramatists.

This was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, with frustrating amounts of repetition that were somewhat jarring at times. Twitter creeping has revealed that there are some people out there who think they have amazing chemistry, but I assume they've been watching a different show to me. One murder victim, five suspects and a room no person entered or left; the classic murder in a locked room conundrum. The island setting and the characters are just as they are in the series, and the story very much follows the way that the episodes are plotted. Aslan is the co-owner of a luxury Retreat hotel in a small island in Caribbean, managing it with his wife.



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