Reluctantly stationed on the sweltering Caribbean island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole dreams of cold winds, drizzly rain and a pint in his local pub.
Just as he is feeling as fed up as can be, a mysterious vagrant is found dead in the grounds of the historic Beaumont plantation. Immediately assumed to be suicide, DI Poole is not so convinced and determined to prove otherwise. Never mind that the only fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to the victim. Or that the room was locked from the inside.
Before long, death knocks twice and a second body turns up. The hunt is on to solve the case – despite the best efforts of the enigmatic Beaumont family…
I absolutely loved this book. I enjoy the TV series as well (as it was what came first) and can imagine the cast of characters as I read the prose. Of course, the books, unlike the TV series has the original line up of Detective Richard Poole, Camile, Fidel and Dwayne. I love a good who dunnit and especially when I am kept guessing about the motives or the murderer until the very end. In Death Knocks Twice, I did work out about half way through who the killer was but what stumped me right until the big reveal at the end was the motive. I just could not understand what the possible motive was, though there had been several theories along with red herrings thrown up during the stories progression.
What I adore about Robert Thorogood's writing is that it flows so well. The pace of the story goes from one scene to the next without waste or giving the reader time to get bored. Something is always happening, another clue being discovered, or a piece of evidence suddenly making sense. I've heard that he was only intending to write three of these novels but I sort of hope that isn't true because I would love to read another one.
I give it