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Summary

An original story from the creator and writer of the hit BBC One TV series Death in Paradise, featuring on-screen favourite detective DI Richard Poole.

Supermodel Polly Carter was famed for her looks and party-girl lifestyle. Now she's dead, apparently having thrown herself from the clifftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Those who knew her say Polly would never have killed herself...and when he is called in to investigate, DI Richard Poole is inclined to agree there is more to Polly's death than meets the eye.

Already fighting a losing battle against the intense summer heat of the Caribbean, Richard now faces fresh adversaries: a stream of alibis; a host of conflicting motives; and, worst of all, a visit from his mother. A frenzy which would surely allow a murderer to slip away unnoticed...yet Richard is certain that the guilty party is still on the island.

As his team closes in on Polly's household, Richard becomes convinced that the model's death was an inside job. And he's determined to prove who planned the killing of Polly Carter and why....

©2016 Robert Thorogood (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Very funny and dark with great pace. I love Robert Thorogood's writing. " (Peter James)
"This second Death in Paradise novel is a gem." (Daily Express)
"Deftly entertaining...satisfyingly pushes all the requisite Agatha Christie-style buttons." (Barry Forshaw, The Independent)
"For fans of Agatha Christie." (Mail on Sunday)
"A treat." (Radio Times)
"This brilliantly crafted, hugely enjoyable and suitably goosebump-inducing novel is an utter delight from start to finish." (Heat)
"Plenty of red herrings and twists to keep readers guessing." (Daily Express)
"Fans will enjoy returning to DI Richard Poole…just switch off and relax." (Love Reading)

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Brilliant!

Another great story by this author. In this one we learn more about DI Richard Poole and his parents and why he is the way he is.
The killing of Polly is another "can't possibly happen" crime story that has lots of twists and turns and blind alleys. It has all the usual Death in Paradise characters. Richard as always is brilliant especially at the end with his Poirot type explanation. This is a good "who dunnit " It also, at times, makes you laugh and smile. Brilliant.







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Great Mystery <br />

Kept me guessing to the end. Thoroughly recommended. Listened to Carribean story in the snow of England!

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Captivating

Captivating. There are so many twists and turns and the murder is so impossible you don't even.. NO SPOILERS

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  • Mark H
  • Kilwinning, United Kingdom
  • 15-07-17

An extension of TV series 1 &amp; 2

I listened to this after hearing the 'Meditation on Murder' story and this is much better. There were many possible suspects with plausible reasons to commit the murder and there were red herrings to throw the reader off course. Also, it seemed that the characterisation of Inspector Poole's colleagues more closely reflected the TV series actors, in a way that made it easy to visualise what this story would be like if played by the original cast. And their level of involvement was in line with the TV series. Finally, Phil Fox did an excellent job in bringing the story to life.

So, if you are a fan of TV series 1 &amp; 2 then you will enjoy this book.

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  • Liz
  • Dover, United Kingdom
  • 02-07-17

Really enjoyed it

The stories definitely have the same feeling and atmosphere as the TV series. I especially like the way that I found it very difficult to pick the killer from the suspects but the clues were all there, there were no unfair tricks just a very clever puzzle. Excellent narration too.

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Not as enjoyable as the TV series

What did you like best about The Killing of Polly Carter? What did you like least?

This is fine as escapism, but I didn't like the characters as much in the novel as I do on screen. Neither Richard nor Camille are particularly likeable people in this story. I felt I wouldn't have warmed to them if I weren't already aware of them in the TV series, and I felt as if the author just doesn't like them very much. That spoilt the story for me.

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The narrator is good with the male voices, but the female voices often sound like caricatures; Camille's is particularly grating. Overall, though, he does a very good job and the female voices didn't break my attention enough to make me want to stop listening.

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Quirky Caribbean mystery

Excellently narrated with a quirky storyline. Similar to the television series, but with much more detail, obviously, and a typically Caribbean leisurely pace.

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  • Kevin
  • Rotherham, United Kingdom
  • 31-12-16

Thoroughly entertaining

If you love the TV series with Richard, Camille, Fidel, Dwayne and a sprinkling of Catherine you will love this tale of murder on the island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean. The awkward but brilliant British detective unravels the web with his usual style. Can't wait for the next one!