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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)

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Soon, Helen finds herself trying to avoid becoming Instafamous while bringing some peace to a girl who very much needs it. In this one, Aslan Kennedy gets killed by stabbing with a knife in a small Japanese tea house while he was doing a meditation session with his clients.

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.But the biggest treat is seeing Richard Poole in the midst of tropical heaven, who lives under his own personal dark cloud of grumpiness (in his proper wool suit ready for heatstroke), and equating sun, sand and surf with sheer hell. The characters from the show, particularly Richard, are recreated absolutely perfectly, their voices and individual quirks completely intact. 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. 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.

I do agree with you that it’s overlong, but I say that so often about contemporary books that I should probably create a template for it.Nevertheless, the puzzle kept me guessing until the end, with only my third option being the right one (not sure it counts when it takes that many attempts! 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. This fiendishly difficult puzzle is made more complex as the chapters progress where ever more apparent motives are raised, only to be dashed by even fewer opportunities for execution. 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.

Aslan is the co-owner of a luxury Retreat hotel in a small island in Caribbean, managing it with his wife. Whenever the story slowed down, my brain had time to ruminate, and as a result, whodunnit became crystal clear to me rather early on. His interactions with his colleagues are no less enjoyable, especially his number two, the vivacious, impulsive Camille Bordey, with whom he is constantly butting heads. 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. Let me start by saying that I haven't seen nor do I know anything about the BBC series this book is based on.Something else I enjoy about the way the puzzle is constructed in this novel is that the author does not recourse to having their sleuth discover crucial evidence off the page and instead the reader is shown the data he has collected and the questions he has about it. The book recaps the evidence in the form of Richard Poole's evidence board so the reader can make sure they haven't missed any points along the way.

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