Title: A Meditation on Murder
Author: Robert Thorogood ( @robthor)
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA.
Why I chose to read the book?
You may have watched, or at the very least heard of, a brilliant murder mystery TV series set in the Caribbean called Death in Paradise -which I am a little bit in love with as it is my favourite genre of TV and has a cast that includes Danny John-Jules. It also has a new series starting on BBC One on 7th January, however, if you have Netflix start at the beginning because -and sorry to the new actress- the original leading lady who plays Camille is far fa superior.
Rum punch or if you don’t have a cocktail shack in your living room -I don’t either- then you’ll have to settle for either a very British delicacy, tea, or a beer like Quilmes or Cristal.
Aslan Kennedy has an idyllic life: leader of a spiritual retreat for wealthy holidaymakers on one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt islands, Saint Marie. Until he’s murdered, that is. The case seems open and shut: when Aslan was killed he was inside a locked room with only five other people, one of whom has already confessed to the murder.
Detective Inspector Richard Poole is hot, bothered, and fed up with talking to witnesses who’d rather discuss his ‘aura’ than their whereabouts at the time of the murder. But he also knows that the facts of the case don’t quite stack up. 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. Determined to track down the real killer, DI Poole is soon on the trail, and no stone will be left unturned.
Cosy murder mystery with a strong whoodunit puzzle and delightful characters that each have a definitive, and complimenting, personality -doesn’t hurt that I had the actors from the TV show narrating the book in my head and could picture the scene playing out.
A classic locked room murder, Thorogood brings each character to the forefront exploring their background, motivations and ability to murder Aslan. His narrative style is fascinating and insightful leaving you guessing you, almost, to the very last page. The character of Paul Sellars is a particularly odious individual who you’ll have the pleasure of meeting if you read this book.
It’s all been said before but, if you like the ideas behind the criminal investigations of Agatha Christie and Jonathan Creek then this is an author that you’ll enjoy as it’s brought bang up to date and into the sunshine.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10