Mystery

Paradise Cove by Davin Goodwin

I have read and reviewed the first book in the series : here

I read and liked the first book in this series. It was mainly because of the new location, culture and relationships represented in the book.
Our lead protagonist is a retired man running a hotel in Bonaire. This book does not venture too much into the history of the first instalment to give us a background of who does what. If the plot happens to involve another person, what they do is shown as an action instead of being narrated to us separately. I appreciated this method of giving information since most series’ tend to lose a point when they give me a whole flashback during the current story. I know that people new to a series might appreciate it, but it feels disruptive.
In this case, we first meet the villain cutting someone up. This is followed by the discovery of a body part. Roscoe gets involved almost against his wishes. To add to that issue, he is further tasked with finding out if a woman is cheating on her husband. Both of these have to be kept hidden from his girlfriend, which puts a strain on their relationship.
Although the story was a little choppy at times, I liked the town and the people and their interactions. I was not as enamoured by the central mystery. It seemed quite obvious the route the story was going to take, and I was not as invested in it as I had hoped to be.

I liked the first better than this and would still recommend this series to those who like mysteries set in tropical islands. I would also pick up the next book in the series if I had the chance.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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