by Davin Goodwin
April 1-30, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
On the laid-back island of Bonaire, every day is paradise until a seaweed-entangled human leg washes ashore. Combing the beach, retired cop Roscoe Conklin examines the scene and quickly determines that the leg belongs to the nephew of a close friend.
The island police launch an investigation, but with little evidence and no suspects, their progress comes to a frustrating halt. Then, thanks to a unique barter with the lead detective, Conklin finds himself in possession of the case file. He can now aggressively probe for his own answers.
Sifting through the scant clues, eager to bring the killer to justice, Conklin struggles to maintain forward momentum. He has all the pieces. He can feel it. But he'd better get them snapped together soon.
Otherwise, the body count will continue to rise.
Praise for Paradise Cove:
“An intriguingly gruesome beginning, sexy location, and a supremely satisfying ending. Paradise Cove is a terrific read.” —Marc Cameron, New York Times best-selling author
“Paradise Cove is a wonderful thriller with a great story . . . what makes it special are the perfect descriptions of Bonaire and life on the island.” —Nicholas Harvey, author of the AJ Bailey Adventure Series
“Grab a beer and revisit Bonaire with Roscoe Conklin as your guide in Paradise Cove. A rich cast of characters and an intriguing plot guarantee an exciting trip you’ll long remember.” –Shawn Wilson, author of Relentless
This is a mystery where the setting makes the plot work. The island off Venezuela with the Dutch influence is the most interesting aspect of the novel. The plot is also interesting with many curves and plenty of suspects.
I was a bit disappointed by the action of the hero, Conklin. He's a retired policeman but sure does not act like one. Rather than a methodical investigation, he bumbles along. Some of his actions seem meaningless or counter productive. He often makes rash acts out of anger, antagonizing others rather than getting them to help. And he fails to tell his detective girlfriend important information in a timely manner.
I feel Conklin was a more engaging hero in the first novel in this series. Goodwin plans to write more featuring him and I hope the next will see the hero as a more controlled and effective (retired policeman) amateur sleuth.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
This is the second novel I have read featuring Roscoe Conklin as the hero. You can read my review of Diver's Paradise here.
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: April 5th 2022
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1608094855 (ISBN13: 9781608094851)
Series: Roscoe Conklin Mystery #2 | The novels in the Roscoe Conklin Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)