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Death in the Sunshine (The Retired Detectives Club Book 1) Kindle Edition
Four ex-cops in a retirement paradise. Sure they’ll rest…when the killer is caught.
After a long career as a police officer, Moira hopes a move to a luxury retirement community will mean she can finally leave the detective work to the youngsters and focus on a quieter life. But it turns out The Homestead is far from paradise. When she discovers the body of a young woman floating in one of the pools, surrounded by thousands of dollar bills, her crime-fighting instinct kicks back in and she joins up with fellow ex-cops—and new neighbours—Philip, Lizzie and Rick to investigate the murder.
With the case officers dropping ball after ball, Moira and the gang take matters into their own hands, turning into undercover homicide investigators. But the killer is desperate to destroy all the evidence and Moira, Philip, Lizzie and Rick soon find themselves getting in the way—of the murderer and the police.
Just when they think they can finally relax, they discover that someone has infiltrated their ‘safe’ community. Can they hunt down the murderer and get back to retiring in peace? And after all the excitement, will they want to?
From the Publisher
In this first book in the Retired Detectives Club series, we meet Moira, Philip, Lizzie, and Rick, who have wound up in the same luxury retirement home. When a body is found dead in the pool, each of them will bring their own inimitable talents to the case. And as they get closer to the killer, they are soon reminded why they got out of the detective business in the first place: it’s dangerous.
In Death in the Sunshine, Steph Broadribb has perfectly blended a compelling investigation with wholly original and unforgettable characters.
—Leodora Darlington, Editor
About the Author
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. A prolific reader, she adored crime fiction from the moment she first read Sherlock Holmes as a child. She’s worked in the UK and the US, has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) and trained as a bounty hunter in California.
Her other novels include the Lori Anderson bounty-hunter series and the Starke/Bell psychological police-procedural books (writing as Stephanie Marland). Her books have been shortlisted for the eDunnit eBook of the Year Award, the ITW Best First Novel Award, the Dead Good Reader Awards for Fearless Female Character and Most Exceptional Debut, and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize.
Along with three other female authors, she provides coaching for new crime writers via www.crimefictioncoach.com.
You can find out more about Steph at www.stephbroadribb.com, and get in touch via Facebook (@CrimeThrillerGirl) and Twitter (@crimethrillgirl).
- ASIN : B094JMFJNK
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 3948 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,062 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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MY REVIEW: I've loved Steph Broadribb's previous books and was excited about this one and I was not disappointed! A brilliantly plotted murder mystery set in the Florida sunshine, with a fab cast of characters - I can already imagine it as a TV series! Can't wait for the next one. Pure escapism with a dash of murder and lots of juicy secrets. Highly recommended.
As their investigation goes on the intrepid oldies find themselves at risk as it becomes obvious that someone is not happy about their activities.
While the stars of this book are retirees this is NOT any kind of Richard Osman copycat,all 4 have had former careers in various roles in the police and are experienced investigators and it's a "straight" crime novel without the humour and wry observations of Mr Osman's wonderful books.
Much as I liked the idea I found the book pedestrian and the crime was solved in a way that hardly required the skills of Sherlock Holmes. The main characters didn't seem to engage with each other ,let alone the reader ,and I struggled with the notion of them being a team when quite often they didn't seem to like or trust each other. It felt as if it was building up to a big finale ,or an amazing twist,that didn't happen. There are back stories with all of the main characters and it ends very obviously leading up to the sequel, which I doubt I'll bother with.
It's not a bad read and others might love it,I found it pedestrian and promising more than it delivered.
I received this as an Amazon 'First Read'.
This was a pleasant surprise. I was initially intrigued by this because I'm on the lookout for more books with main characters aged 30 and over but going on the synopsis I was slightly worried that it'd be too much like The Thursday Murder Club books by Richard Osman. I was so glad this was NOT the case as this opted to take a much darker and grittier path than the aforementioned murder club books. The main characters were interesting and believable and there were lots of secrets and tension to keep me reading and a gloriously juicy cliffhanger at the end that makes me desperate to read the next book.