It s been a long time since I ve read a Catherine Lee book and at the moment I m seriously chastising myself Why, oh why, have I waited so long to get back to my favourite Aussie Detectives Quinn and Cooper Reading their books is like coming home to visit an old friend, you just feel so comfy and can find out what s been going on with everyone This novella is centred around a death of a contestant on a reality TV show taking place on the beautiful but remote Lord Howe Island I love that Catherine Lee uses real places as scenes for her crimes, it makes it all thereal for Australians reading the series And who hasn t wondered why a murder has never taken place on a reality show Producers deliberately pick people that are going to clash to heighten the tension and up the ratings As this is a short story the plot is fairly simple and not too taxing, just genuinely entertaining With a very small pool of potential suspects and a victim that was roundly disliked you d think Cooper and Quinn would have a slam dunk on this case, but apparently not Was it cast or crew or possibly local You ll have to read the story to find out All I know is that I m definitely not going to leave it as long as I have done to get my Cooper and Quinn fix.I received an ebook of this novel directly from the author I have voluntarily chosen to review the book, and the gifting in no way determines my review rating, which reflects my honest opinion. It seems believable that reality shows might become a murder scene People who take part in such shows are a special kind of character, adventurous, attention seeking, troubled and competitive Six such characters are still in the contest one of them is dead now As always Catherine Lee creates real characters She makes the reader guess along with Cooper and Quinn until the climax in the end.It s a mystery to me why this is number 4.5 and not 5 By no means it s only half a book It s a novel that could easily be a stand alone I ve grown fond of Cooper and Quinn I ve read the whole series and now I m looking forward to 5 or 6. FREE ontoday 11 22 2017 An enjoyable short story with Cooper and Quinn. I had a hard time with the amateurish writing style, the juvenile story, and the questionable editing The characters all ran together until I was almost done with the book Cooper and Quinn were interchangeable as were the forensic techs and uniformed cops None of them stood out for me and they all seemed rather childish in both their actions and thoughts The mystery might have worked in the YA genre for young kids, but it didn t work for me Too simple Great cover though. This is the first book I ve read by this author and I enjoyed it It was a fairly quickly read and would be perfect for a lazy afternoon I thought Quinn and Cooper were very relatable and likable It was well written and kept me guessing for most of the book I was able to figure out who the killer was before the end but did not see the big twist coming I will definitely be readingby this author I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book This is my honest review. Reality Television Just Got DeadlyWhen A Contestant On Hit Reality Show Transformation In Paradise Turns Up Dead, Detectives Cooper And Quinn Find Themselves Out Of Their Comfort Zone On A Remote Holiday Island Amid Growing Pressure From The Mainland To Solve The High Profile Case, Cooper Struggles With The Island S Lack Of Resources And The Decision From Up High That The Show Must Go On With The Million Dollar Winner Takes All Prize Still Up For Grabs, The Show S Five Remaining Contestants All Seemingly Have Something To Hide Did One Of Them Commit Murder Was A Crew Member Involved Or Does The Island Have Secrets Of Its Own Dark Paradise Is A Fast Paced Novella, A Bonus Story In Catherine Lee S Page Turning Dark Series Join Cooper And Quinn As They Take A Break From The City And Find Out That Island Paradise Isn T All It S Cracked Up To Be It was barely lunch time and Detective Charlie Cooper was already exhausted And he s about to find that rest will become evenelusive Cooper and Quinn find themselves on remote Lord Howe Island, after a contestant on a reality television show called Transformation in Paradise turns up dead Is it an accidental death, or is it murder There s plenty of pressure on Cooper and Quinn to find out what happened, and to solve the case quickly The reality show producers want the show to continue, as to the remaining contestants There s a million dollar prize on offer.From the beginning, Cooper and Quinn find the case challenging Lord Howe Island doesn t have immediate access to the resources needed for their investigation, and almost everyone they encounter seems to have something to hide No one seems to have liked the dead contestant very much.Ms Lee delivers another fast paced story, providing just enough information to keep me guessing about what happened and why A couple of possibilities become red herrings naturally and the outcome is neatly satisfying But don t take my word for it, read the novella for yourself If you ve not previously read Ms Lee s novels, this novella could be read as a standalone introduction to Cooper and Quinn It could be, but I strongly recommend reading each book in the series Ms Lee has developed two very likeable main characters and each of the novels explores crimes set amidst topical issues.Note I was fortunate enough to receive a free Advanced Reader Copy of this novella for review purposes.Jennifer Cameron Smith When a contestant on a popular reality show is found dead on an isolated island off Australia s coast, Detective Charlie Cooper and his partner, Joe Quinn, are sent to investigate The victim, not popular with anyone associated with the show, was suffocated in her bed, and Cooper and Quinn learn that everyone is a suspect The popularity of the show has drawn attention from their higher ups and the media, and the pressure is on them to solve the case quickly.Dark Paradise by Catherine Lee is a novella that follows their investigation as they painstakingly piece together clues and eliminate suspects, one by one, until they focus on the one most likely The problem they have no proof, and the clock is ticking.While there is some focus on police procedure, the main focus in this entertaining little tale is the mental processes the two heroes follow as they zero in on the main suspect. I liked this book but as one other reader said, it didn t keep me up turning pages As an Australian author, I like reading what other Aussies are doing The Lord Howe Island setting is a bit different but I d suggest that Catherine Lee has most likely spent a holiday there, and it s a place I d be interested in visiting I was a little disappointed in the lack of local characterisation from Lord Howe apart from the copper and the plant lady I d have found some quirky localsinteresting potential murderers than a mob of self centred reality TV types The investigation was a little pedestrian but the story was readable in spite of it A little personal danger for Cooper or Quinn or both of them may have spiced the story up.
Hi, I m Catherine, and I write the Cooper and Quinn detective series set in Sydney, Australia I like to think of my work as crime fiction with a topical edge There are three books in the series available so far Dark Heart, which looks at the topic of cellular memory, Dark Past, which has themes around ancestry and genetics, and Dark Secrets, which deals with the difficult topics of bullying and
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- Dark Paradise (A Cooper & Quinn Mystery #4.5)
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- 06 February 2017 Catherine Lee