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 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.
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 read and in no way did I even come close to guessing.
A fabulous detective novel that I will re-read and recommend.