Mystery

Diver’s Paradise by Davin Goodwin

I continue to dabble in smaller mysteries, based in places I have never heard of before. The setting here is Bonaire, a Caribbean island which is a municipality of Netherlands! Our hero is a retired cop who is well into middle age and running a guesthouse. In the very beginning, we are given an introduction to the evil killer but soon after we are sent to the island to meet its inhabitants.

The plot of the story was quite simple while keeping certain crucial bits secret until the very end. Without those parts, we cannot make an educated guess, and I would not recommend anyone try. People of different nationalities live together on the island and how they all rub along together forms a large part of the narrative. It was quite entertaining to meet such a diverse cast of people. There were moments of humour in between, but for the most part, there was a continues atmosphere of ‘wrongness’. There were some characters who were hard to like (and some with good reason). I will not divulge much more than this, mostly because there is a sequence of introductions of the cast and knowing them beforehand will rob a bit of the read. Overall, it is a good start to a new series (if there are to be more books with the same central characters).

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based only on my own reading experience.

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