Book Review: The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood


Number of pages: 335
Read between: 11th- 23rd of April
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 2015
Rating: 3-5-stars

Synopsis: “Supermodel Polly Carter was famed for her looks and party-girl lifestyle. Now she’s dead, apparently having thrown herself from the clifftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Those who knew her say Polly would never have killed herself…and when he is called in to investigate, DI Richard Poole is inclined to agree there is more to Polly’s death than meets the eye.

Already fighting a losing battle against the intense summer heat of the Caribbean, Richard now faces fresh adversaries: a stream of alibis; a host of conflicting motives; and, worst of all, a visit from his mother. A frenzy which would surely allow a murderer to slip away unnoticed…yet Richard is certain that the guilty party is still on the island.

As his team closes in on Polly’s household, Richard becomes convinced that the model’s death was an inside job. And he’s determined to prove who planned the killing of Polly Carter, and why…“

Review: Polly Carter is a super model- known for her looks, her partying and other bad habits. Polly Carter is also dead.

The Killing of Polly Carter is a spin off novel to the BBC television show, Death in Paradise – a crime drama set in the Caribbean. The main characters featured in the story I knew well because I’m a fan of the show, so that made it much easier to get into the book without worrying if I’d like the characters or not. It made up for the fact that although the writing was good, it could still be a little simple in some places.

The author is a screen writer however so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He certainly knows how to write crime! I usually like to try and guess who did it- but unlike DI Poole and his team, I actually thought it was another suspect.

The plot centres around the suspected suicide of model Polly Carter, witnessed only by her twin sister, Claire- a woman paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. From there, many secrets are formed, the truth about Claire’s paralysis is revealed and it turns out that almost everyone who knew Polly had a motive to kill her. So it looked like it would be difficult to work out the culprit. On the other hand, DI Richard Poole has other things to worry about when work and real life meet as his mother turns up on Saint Marie.

I admit, it did take me a while to get through this book, but it wasn’t the books fault, just my schedule! It didn’t matter though because it built up the tension and meant I was more excited to start reading it! Crime is on of my favourite genres and I’m quite drawn to it- even though there was a lot going on I didn’t get lost.

I’ll definitely be reading more of the series.

Finally, thanks to Harper Collins for this giveaway prize. 🙂
3.5/5 stars.

Thanks for reading!



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