- Author Robert Thorogood
I love the TV series Death in Paradise, so I was intrigued when I saw there was going to be a selection of novels as well. As if the writers don’t have enough on their plates coming up with weird and wonderful murder situations for the programme!
I snapped up the book, and read it over several sittings. It took longer than I’d have liked so was a little bit disjointed for me, but luckily there were plenty of recaps throughout to keep us up to speed. I think if I’d read it in a shorter space of time it might have been annoying, particularly having to browse through the whiteboard of clues over and over again.
The murder mystery itself was great, a classic puzzler that DI Richard Poole loves to solve. It was fun to get inside the heads of the characters that we only usually watch from a relative distance. It helped to make Poole a little more likeable, to understand where he’s coming from, rather than only being able to judge the unfathomable standoffishness he often displays to others.
I did guess the ending, although not totally, but perhaps that’s from too much time spent watching the TV show. I’m glad there will be more books in the series, if only to spend more time with these characters that I’ve grown to love!