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I have always enjoyed watching the BBC series Death in Paradise, particularly the early series with Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole so was quite thrilled when I received a review copy of A Meditation on Murder the first novel by its creator Robert Thorogood It is a standalone Richard Poole story with all the familiar characters andfrom the series and it is a read which I really, really enjoyed.Richard is instantly recognisable he is the same stuffy, stick in the mud that we already k I have always enjoyed watching the BBC series Death in Paradise, particularly the early series with Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole so was quite thrilled when I received a review copy of A Meditation on Murder the first novel by its creator Robert Thorogood It is a standalone Richard Poole story with all the familiar characters andfrom the series and it is a read which I really, really enjoyed.Richard is instantly recognisable he is the same stuffy, stick in the mud that we already know Anyone else would be rejoicing about being able to work on this tropical island paradise, but not Richard He hates everything about it especially the heat and dreams of returning to Croydon He still wears his trademark dark woollen suit every day because that is what Detective Inspectors wear He is just totally at odds with the laid back attitude of the islanders, especially his colleagues.His sidekick Camille is also well drawn She is good at her job and despite the fact that she finds Richard s ways exasperating she likes him and is always on hand when he overheats in that suit She tries her best, but no way is he going to ditch that suit I love the way that she treats Richard, especially when he gives an order and she wants to do something else she goes along with his wishes so far then just does what she wanted to do anyway 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 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 But, Richard follows his instincts and through a mixture of old fashioned detective work and inspiration, reveals a story that goes back 20 years and which proves that any of the people in that room could in fact be guilty We follow the island detective team in this well paced story as it moves forward to a classic Agatha Christie ish showdown finale wherein Richard and his team confront all the usual suspects, with Richard going through them one by one, outlining why he thinks each person could have done it, but why he thinks they are innocent until he gets to the guilty party.It is a story which really kept my attention with its twists and turns and red herrings which meant that I was convinced at times that nearly all the suspects were guilty There is no sex, no violence, no bad language in this story which would appeal to any fans of Agatha Christie, who I am sure must have been a huge influence for the author A thoroughly enjoyable read In our there is a TV series we watched from day one as it kinda sounded too good to be true An English Policeman get sent to a Caribbean Island to solve the murder of the chief detective and he gets kinda stuck there and he somewhat like a fish out of the water except this policeman is deadly afraid of water 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 Very Agatha Christie actually This is In our there is a TV series we watched from day one as it kinda sounded too good to be true An English Policeman get sent to a Caribbean Island to solve the murder of the chief detective and he gets kinda stuck there and he somewhat like a fish out of the water except this policeman is deadly afraid of water 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 Very Agatha Christie actually This is one tv show that I actually advise anybody even if we have by bow arrived at the third English detective in Saint Marie and of the original crew only Dwayne and the Chief of Police remain.This book takes us back to the beginning when DI Richard Poole has been on the tropical island for close to a year and has some issues with a small green lizard sharing his beachfront property, watch the show for the wit in that description 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 His second in command Camille Bordey, a beautiful woman with the intelligence to match that, is always annoyed by her so quintessential English boss who at tropical temperatures still wears his woolen suit and who is so incredibly smart and a fickler for details Then there is the agent Dwayne Myers who is the essential islander that has ways and sources that are perhaps less police style but always deliver the goods 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 Selwyn Patterson the commissioner who kinda wheeled and dealed the talents of DI Poole to his tropical paradise as lead investigator does play no real role in this book but he is always around somewhere This odd group of talents always get underestimated but at the end of the case anybody still doubting their talents has probably not paid attention.This story is about a locked room mystery and the solution is in the details It brings us the characters that have woed the many viewers around the world and this time they stay somewhat langer than 50 minutes around for you to enjoy them.A great celebration of the original show as written by the original creator of the show with charcters he thought of first Weel worth your time reading, have you not seen the show yet, go and watch it first and after you have fallen in love with them read the book and the next two, I know I want to.Welcome to Saint Marie and enjoy paradise Review originally published at Learn This Phrase When it comes to books, cosy crime has never really been my thing From what I can figure out, cosies invariably seem to involve dreadful pun laden titles, a disproportionate amount of plots revolving around baking, and people solving murders with the aid of their pets TV, though that s a different matter The TV equivalent of this sort of thing, from Midsomer Murders to Miss Marple to Rosemary Thyme, has long been a source of comfort to Review originally published at Learn This Phrase When it comes to books, cosy crime has never really been my thing From what I can figure out, cosies invariably seem to involve dreadful pun laden titles, a disproportionate amount of plots revolving around baking, and people solving murders with the aid of their pets TV, though that s a different matter The TV equivalent of this sort of thing, from Midsomer Murders to Miss Marple to Rosemary Thyme, has long been a source of comfort to me, and over the years I ve accumulated a decent collection of boxsets of these series to watch when I m ill, depressed or otherwise in need of distraction and relaxation For whatever reason, they ve often helped to get me through depressive periods when little else would lift my mood.The first two series of BBC1 s Death in Paradise, a murder mystery comedy drama set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, has become part of this pantheon of comforting TV, and in recent times has become my go to feelgood show It surprises me sometimes that Death in Paradise doesn t getcredit for the things it does differently, and the things it gets right I can t think of an equivalent series primetime, mainstream drama, screened on a major UK channel and considered a flagship show for that channel that only has one white main cast member, or that s had episodes addressing the legacy of slavery, treating Vodun as a serious religion, and condemning the actions of British colonists and French settlers in the Caribbean But it s a comfortable sort of show, intended as cosy midweek entertainment, and I m aware it s silly to analyse much of it in any further depth than that Of course, any cosy mystery worth its salt has to chuck in some romance, and across series 1 and 2, the unresolved tension between DI Richard Poole and his professional partner, Camille Bordey, quietly became one of the best things about the show 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 I still watch Death in Paradise casually, kind of but I ve never quite forgiven it for quickly and brutally dispatching Richard and then making all the other characters forget him almost instantaneously This is the disadvantage of cosy shows the lack of realism means nobody is really allowed to process emotions in a believable way Richard was immediately replaced with Humphrey Goodman, played by Kris Marshall, who bumbles about treating Camille as a glorified sidekick and patronising her Even worse, the most recent episodes have attempted to set up a sort of will they won t they romantic tension between Humphrey and Camille 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 of the big draws of this tie in novel the first in a planned series of at least three books from series creator and screenwriter Robert Thorogood is that it features the original dream team of Richard, Camille, Dwayne and Fidel 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 There s an ensemble guest cast of characters a group of people staying at a luxury spa hotel on Saint Marie, plus the resort s owners and their shifty handyman and a locked room mystery The characters from the show, particularly Richard, are recreated absolutely perfectly, their voices and individual quirks completely intact Richard s lizard Harry even puts in a few appearances The comedy is handled really well, and plot twists are clever but gentle just the way cosy crime should be It s about as heart warming as murder can possibly get There are flaws, of course Information is often repeated in dialogue, in a way that would probably make sense spoken aloud, but looks like unnecessary padding when written down It lacks nuance, especially in the characterisation characters with a couple of strong, broadly painted distinguishing physical personality features may work well on screen, when we can see the differences between them, but can be quite cartoonish in a book, when these traits have to be reinforced frequently Example I think Anne might be overweight, but it s difficult to tell, since her weight, size, shape and her being larger than life groan are only mentioned about 5000 times And finally, there s a bit of silliness between Richard and one of the female characters which seems so unlikely, even in this light hearted context, that it stands out rather awkwardly 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 In other words, can anything happen in these stories that hasn t already happened in the series say, vis vis Richard and Camille s relationship just to throw out a random example , or are these mysteries supposed to be taking place in between those already depicted on screen, prior to Richard s death 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 This thought, admittedly, makes me feel a bit dejected But you know what, I ll probably read all the books in the series regardless of their imperfections it s lovely to see these characters living on in some form I don t know if it is everything going on in the world right now, but it took me a while to get into the jive of this book I even had to restart it at one point because my mind had gotten too distracted Though, once I did get into the story, I found myself enjoying the closed room mystery that was A Meditation of Murder.As a fan of the television series, it was nice to revisit D.I Richard Poole, my favourite Death in Paradise detective in a novel the Inspector s beloved, yet curmudgeonly p I don t know if it is everything going on in the world right now, but it took me a while to get into the jive of this book I even had to restart it at one point because my mind had gotten too distracted Though, once I did get into the story, I found myself enjoying the closed room mystery that was A Meditation of Murder.As a fan of the television series, it was nice to revisit D.I Richard Poole, my favourite Death in Paradise detective in a novel the Inspector s beloved, yet curmudgeonly personality translated well from the screen to paper.In terms of narration, I felt that Phil Fox did a decent enough job I found it to be a touch monotone at times, but it wasn t severe enough to detract from the narrative.However, while I mostly enjoyed this novel, I found that the story got somewhat repetitive with certain details, which felt like plot filler at times.Additionally, I had figured out the murderer early on, but not the motive which didn t seem to ruin the book for me too much.In the end, no major complaints from me, though.Overall, despite some minor issues, I enjoyed A Meditation of Murder It may have been a slow start, but, as a reader, it was satisfying to watch the puzzle unravel in true Death in Paradise style.I would recommend this book to those who love the television series and to those who love closed room mysteries Let me start by saying that I haven t seen nor do I know anything about the BBC series this book is based on I just jumped into this novel without knowing anything about it or its writer I don t see why you couldn t do the same and enjoy it just as much One thing I did know is that is a crime novel I mean the title A Meditation on Murder gives it away, doesn t it I also assumed that it might take place on one of the Caribbean islands because Death in Paradise I only figured out it was Let me start by saying that I haven t seen nor do I know anything about the BBC series this book is based on I just jumped into this novel without knowing anything about it or its writer I don t see why you couldn t do the same and enjoy it just as much One thing I did know is that is a crime novel I mean the title A Meditation on Murder gives it away, doesn t it I also assumed that it might take place on one of the Caribbean islands because Death in Paradise I only figured out it was based on a TV show when I read it and saw the faces of the actors on the back of the novel It didn t occurred to me to study the covers prior to reading it.What kind of a crime novel is it One with an intelligent but peculiar and eccentric detective inspector who invariably solves the murder crime in the end Now, who does that makes me think of Why, Agatha Christie and her famous protagonist obviously That is not where similarities end for there are many ways in which this crime novel reminds me of those written by Agatha Christie Not that I m complaining, I do like this classic take on a crime novel There isn t much violence or blood in this book, there is a murder but that is that, most of the novel is all about the psychological study of characters Our peculiar detective is a Brit who ends up being an inspector on a French Caribbean island He has a phobia of sand and insists on wearing wool suits in the worst of heat because that is what detective inspectors do He is quite clumsy and withdrawn, but he also has a fine mind and a great team The murder crime he is called to solve is quite a mystery Aslan, a spa hotel guru everyone seems to like is killed It happens during a meditation in a paper room but the girl fair Julie who confessed to it couldn t have had done it Who is to blame then Our detective will found it out but it will take him a long time During that time we get to know so much about the past and the background of the six people who were in that meditation chamber Aslan, the victim guru has had some secrets but so did all of them don t we all and finding out all those secrets takes quite a bit of time Now, this is not something I normally mind, but I did feel that this novel was a tad bit overwritten and that s the only thing I didn t like about it I think it would have been better if it was just a bit shorter Nevertheless, it is a fine crime novel Not the kind of book that will change your life, but it is a mighty fine crime novel If you like crime novels written in the style of Agatha Christie, you will probably like this one An easy, enjoyable and entertaining cosy mystery Exactly what I wanted right now. Absolutely love this BBC series on TV, so, of course, I had to get the book Loved it Robert Thorogood is the screenwriter for the series and he continues to bring the characters alive here in this first installment. &DOWNLOAD ⇳ A Meditation on Murder ⇮ 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 4.5 stars 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 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 Insp Richard Poole was in charge And in true fashion, I read it in the voices and mannerisms of each of the other Monore Police officers Det Sgt Camille, Dwanye, and Fidel Another thing that I liked about this stor 4.5 stars 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 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 Insp Richard Poole was in charge And in true fashion, I read it in the voices and mannerisms of each of the other Monore Police officers Det Sgt Camille, Dwanye, and Fidel Another thing that I liked about this story was that we heard a lotfrom Richard s POV 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 himin a personal light was very delightful, and surprising The mystery was definitely one that had my wheels turning 6 people, in a locked room with paper walls, one is dead 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 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 Which I loved Loved this wonderful mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie Loved the humour and the witticisms Especially loved Richard Poole, his hangups and his love hate relationship with the lizard colonizing his home and the island he finds himself living in.