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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Aslan was killed inside a locked room with only five other people, one of whom has already confessed. At an hotel a guru like figure gets lethally stabbed in a closed room with only 5 possible suspects and during the story we find out that almost all of them have a very strong reason to see this man dead. It’s a classic locked room mystery, and there are soon lots of additional unexplained mysteries for the team to solve. We’ve got a dead body over there that’s covered in knife wounds, so let’s concentrate on a tiny piece of metal we’ve found on the floor over here. Though I continue to watch and enjoy the show with its current cast, including its primary sleuth, the bumbling and good-natured Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman (played by Kris Marshall), I still miss the original cast, most especially the persnickety, pessimistic Detective Inspector Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller) and his number two, Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey (played by Sara Martins).

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. Anyone else would be rejoicing about being able to work on this tropical island paradise, but not Richard. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but I have to admit to getting the Death in the Paradise theme tune stuck in my head after I finish these prologues and the dead body has been discovered!This wasn’t because he trained himself to turn delicately to each day’s sunrise like a flower; it was because he was hot, bothered, and he he’d been awake since a frog had started croaking outside his window – inexplicably – just before 4am. But then Ben Miller, who played Richard, decided to leave, and the character was ruthlessly killed off, taking any hopes of a love story with him. A locked room murder, various suspects that appear both guilty and innocent at the same time, a grumpy but funny detective inspector, and on top of all an idyllic location on a Caribbean island under a burning sun. She confesses to his murder – but can’t explain how she did it, or how the knife came to be in the room.

And last not least is officer sergeant Fidel Best who is a smart and bright officer that will soon outgrow this little police-force but at this time is still learning form the talents of his co-workers. This book also reminds me of the killer Poirot faces in The ABC Murders (1936), in the sense that the killer is manipulating the investigation through the evidence they leave for the police to find. In fact, he’d been waking with the sun ever since he’d decided a few years back that he no longer believed in alarm clocks. 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.

So once again I completely failed to spot the murderer despite the liberal scattering of clues that had presented themselves to Richard Poole's eagle eyes, masked as they were with the obligatory red herrings along the way.

Determined to track down the real killer, Poole is soon on the trail and he won't leave any stone unturned. If you are a fan of the BBC/Netflix show A Death in Paradise, then reading this book would def be the most logical step. As a classic whodunnit, some clues reveal themselves to our detective team slowly and we try to solve it through the book. I am looking forward to trying the third and fourth books in the series, when they finally arrive in the post.

If you've seen the show, there will be nothing surprising about A Meditation on Murder, and if you enjoy it, you will probably like this too. This book was extremely well written and characterised and having only seen the television trailers from the programme I can say it did remind me of the programme it is written on. I think my only main criticism of the book was that it was a bit long, so at times my attention would temporarily flag.



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