March 2019

Robert Thorogood - Murder in the Caribbean

"A wonderful romp that will keep you reading to the surprising end."

DI Richard Poole is hot, bothered and fed up. He's stuck on the tropical island of Saint-Marie, forced to live in a rickety old shack on a beach, and there isn't a decent cup of tea to be found anywhere.

When a boat explodes in the harbour, Richard and his team soon realise there's a new murderer on the loose. But who is it? And why did the killer leave behind a ruby at the scene of the crime?

As the police dig deeper, they uncover secrets that go back decades, and a crime from the past that can never be forgiven.

Worse still, they soon realise this is only the beginning. They've got to catch the killer before there's another death in paradise…

It is always good to read a book that promises sun, blue skies and heat during the winter months… although this February has broken recorded temperatures so I felt quite at home when reading this latest Death in Paradise novelisation – I was just missing the sandy beaches, although it wouldn't be something that DI Richard Poole would miss!

Despite others taking over from Poole in the TV series, it is always good to go back to the original cast as created by Thorogood. I am sure we'd all love to see the old gang back again on our TV screens, (even though Poole himself has an unreturnable end!), but instead we have them in book form.

As usual, Poole is his usual socially inadequate self, making him a cut above the usual detectives, however he does remind me of Morse who was hugely intelligent and yet could not find his place in society.

Here, Poole deals with a jewel robbery from twenty years ago, the crimes of yesteryear echoing down the decades to create havoc in the present. What Thorogood does so well is emulate the episodes of the TV series, so you feel that you are reading the TV script. This is a wonderful slice of paradise with murder in the mix. 'Murder in the Caribbean' is an enthralling chapter that reminds me of Christie at her best and shows why this series has entranced people around the world to watch this series. If you have watched the current series, then this book is the next best thing to sate your appetite. This has the flavour of the series and more… and will make you hanker after those azure skies and blonde beaches… with murder included! A wonderful romp that will keep you reading to the surprising end.

Reviewed by: C.S.

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