A Meditation on Murder

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

  • Title: A Meditation on Murder
  • Author: Robert Thorogood
  • ISBN: 9781848453715
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 PooleAslan 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.

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    1. 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 (and more) from 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 alrea [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 comfor [...]

    4. ★★★★½✩ 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.

    5. 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 w [...]

    6. I only read 30% of this book so I won't be leaving a star rating for it but I do actually want to say something about it. This was an arc from the publisher so with thanks to them and the author for my copy. 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. There is a real feel for the island, the heat and the characters. So for anyone who loves the programme they wi [...]

    7. Aslan and his wife Rianka are peaceful living people. They own a spa retreat that offers yoga and spirituality as some of its treatments for the wealthy that visit the tropical Island.Aslan is killed, and Julie, holding the bloody knife, confesses to his murder.The construction of this 'whodunnit' is brilliant. Not all is as it seems and Robert Thorogood has put together a plot that is twisty and pacy. You can tell he is a fan of Agatha Christie, the piecing together of the crime is a delight to [...]

    8. 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.

    9. I may be at a disadvantage because I have never watched the TV series and am only vaguely aware of it so I had no preconceptions of what this book would be like but was expecting something a bit special as it is linked to prime time drama and has many positive reviews. I'm sad to say I was disappointed. I didn't like the writing which I thought almost puerile at times and very repetitive - I like to be treated as a grown up when I read and would like authors to understand that I can grasp and re [...]

    10. "Inspector Poole is back in all his grumpy glory!" Five Stars!I am a huge, huge, huge fan of the BBC television series "Death in Paradise," as it features "locked room" mysteries in a tropical setting wherein the detective investigates a list of suspects before bringing them all together at the end for the classic denouement where the killer is revealed. If Hercule Poirot were to make an appearance, I wouldn't be at all surprised.Though I continue to watch and enjoy the show with its current cas [...]

    11. Having enjoyed watching the BBC's "Death in Paradise," I looked forward to reading its creator's first mystery novel using the same setting and characters. This book is every bit as much fun as the television series.Although I do wish that A Meditation on Murder hadn't been such a one-man show and that I could have seen more from the members of the detective inspector's team, let's face it-- Richard Poole is a marvelous character. Sent to this small Caribbean island from England to fill in for a [...]

    12. This is such a fun book -- especially for fans of Thorogood's Death in Paradise tv show. I absolutely adore the BBC show Death in Paradise and have been watching it since the beginning (thanks to the wonderful world of the internet). We're currently in the final stretch of the sixth season and while I wait for the next episode to air I found myself missing Saint-Marie. I could rewatch episodes but I decided that it would be even more fun to read a new story featuring the characters from the fir [...]

    13. If you (like me) love the Death in Paradise tv series, you'll enjoy this book. The island setting and the characters are just as they are in the series, and the story very much follows the way that the episodes are plotted. I only gave this 4 stars because I spotted whodunnit a bit too easily for my liking, but I always try to spot the killer in each episode too. This was a lovely summer read, and I look forward to reading more in the series. Hooray for Richard Poole!

    14. I think because it's written by the creator of the show, it reads very similarly to it. I like that he has written these with DI Poole as the main character, instead of DI Goodman, as Richard was only on the show for 2 seasons. His character could have been fleshed out more if he stayed, so the book helps do that a bit. Overall, a fun, easy summer read that fans of the show will enjoy.

    15. I was picked my MNHQ to review this book, which I received for free. This review is in my own words and reflects my opinion. I make a point of NOT reading reviews on books I'm reading until after I've written my own. As in not an avid viewer, I was unaware that a TV serious had been running based on the story. That's probably a good thing as it removes any chance to compare the two, for which I'm grateful because I usually find TV or film adaptations of books leave me disappointed. So, the autho [...]

    16. When the publishers Harlequin asked me if I'd like a copy of A Meditation On Murder I nearly bit their hands off, I have watched the television series, Death In Paradise, from the beginning ,seduced by the echoes of Agatha Christie's construction of a mystery coupled with the beautiful setting on the Caribbean island of Saint Marie.A Meditation on Murder is in the format of a classic `locked room' mystery with the victim meeting his end in a room constructed of paper in the grounds of a hotel wh [...]

    17. This is a great murder mystery of modern times but written like a good old fashioned murder mystery akin to Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. From the creator of TV's Death In Paradise, Robert Thorogood has now put his characters on paper to give, in my opinion, a much richer fuller flavour to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie and the cantankerous D.I. Richard Poole. We get inside Richard's head, how he hates the sand which he sweeps from his floor several times each day and hates the he [...]

    18. Lielisks papildinājums seriāla "Death in Paradise" stāstiem - klasiskais paņēmiens ar slepkavību slēgtā telpā, tikai šoreiz Karību noskaņās. Pietiekami interesanti pavērsieni, teorijas par to, kā jebkurš varētu būt slepkava, bet drusku par daudz atkārtošanās un viena stratēģiskā kļūda beigās, kuras dēļ gandrīz noņēmu vēl vienu zvaigzni. Bet gandrīz neskaitās.

    19. Six persons locked in a room One of them dies No one knows who is the killer And there happens to be a connection between the five suspects and the victim Wait Do I smell something familiar?? Isn't this what Agatha Christie is famous for?? Yeah Exactly And how does the author decide to defend his choice of plot line?? By letting the readers know how his love for crime mysteries started and underlining the role played by Agatha Christie's novels Is that enough to give the novel a fresh feel?? Sad [...]

    20. Robert Thorogood is the creator of the BBC1 TV series Death in Paradise, an immensely popular series featuring the prim and proper Brit DI Poole on the paradise island of Saint-Marie. The fourth series is due to be broadcast in early 2015. For the first time ever Thorogood is bringing the popular characters to the world of bookworms in A Meditation on Murder.I have to say I was quite looking forward to reading this because I really enjoy Death in Paradise. In the TV series it is the combination [...]

    21. Following detective Richard Poole and his team on the island of Saint Marie as they investigate the murder of Retreat owned/spiritual guide and all round good guy Aslan Kennedy. This is a locked room scenario with a limited number of suspects all with a motive against the not squeaky clean victim. So who did it? Being a fan of the TV show I was interested in reading the source material and it didn't disappoint the setting, characters and comedy still shone throne in the writing and I found mysel [...]

    22. I'm a fan of Death in Paradise and I like reading crime novels so when I learned about this book I decided to try it. And I really liked it!It is well written and funny. It is light to read (I read it in a few days) and the crime mystery keeps you guessing until the end, much in Agatha Christie's style.If you know and like the show this is a must read. It was very nice "seeing" Richard Poole again and understanding his quirks and ways of thinking. Not to mention the rest of the original team.If [...]

    23. I've read books based on TV series before, but never written by the creator of the series. What a delight to read! If you like puzzle and locked room mysteries, you will certainly enjoy this one. I thought I had figured out whodunnit, but I was wrong. And I was glad of that, because it would have been a very derivative mystery. So not only did the whodunnit surprise me, but to a greater extent the howdunnit baffled me, until the very end when Inspector Richard Poole explains all. Filled with hum [...]

    24. I love the TV series of Death in Paradise, and this book felt exactly like an episode in book form. Not surprising, since the author's name is on the credits, but since we're now on series five, and even though I like Humph Goodman, it was really rather nice to have Richard Poole back for a while. Whilst reading, I could actually hear the voices of the characters as they are on the TV shows, which was great fun. This a light, fun, easy read and I'm definitely going to read the next one. I just h [...]

    25. Brilliantly written and hugely enjoyable with enough clues to give the reader a fair chance of figuring out whodunit for themselves, but only if you are paying attention. Put the TV show out your head and just enjoy it. I recommend you take it with you on holiday and read it while sitting on the beach under a clear blue sky. Loved it.

    26. I love the TV show, even through the cast changes, so I decided to give this a go. It's got all the original characters in it: Poole, Camille, Dwayne and Fidel. It's also a typical DiP locked room mystery, and it had me smiling on the Tube. Apparently the author's been contracted to write three of these, so I'll definitely look forward to the other two.

    27. For fans of the TV Series this is a must read. A classic whodunnit in the style of the golden-age. The book follows the same format as the TV seriesIt would have been 5 stars but I guessed the murderer about halfway through (not how it was done though) 4 stars

    28. Book – A Meditation on Murder (Death in Paradise #1)Author – Robert ThorogoodStar rating - ★★★☆☆No. of Pages – 358Cover – Great!POV – 3rd person, multi character, omnipresentWould I read it again – NoGenre – Cosy Crime, Contemporary, MurderI'm sorry to say that, while a huge fan of the show, I didn't love this book. I think part of it was about the writing style, and part of it was the plot.The story is told in 3rd person, which is usually my favourite, but it's also mult [...]

    29. A little slow in the beginning but it does get going!! Just as fun as the episodes are with so much more info. I love knowing what DI Richard Poole is thinking.

    30. I enjoyed this. I knew the format, could hear the voices from the tv programme and it kept me guessing -not so much the who as the how.

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