Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Murder in Paradise (July 2023)

By Ann Cleeves

July 27, 2023

Murder in Paradise is the third mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author and creator of the three astounding TV series Vera, Shetland and The Long Call.

Newlyweds Jim and Sarah are welcomed home from their honeymoon to the Scottish island of Kinness with a huge celebration – cheerful festivities which take a sinister and devastating turn when the grooms younger sister, Mary, slips and tumbles to her death from the island’s precipitous cliffs.

The whole island is present when Mary disappears.  But did she fall?  Or was she pushed?  George Palmer-Jones, retired birdwatcher and amateur detective, suspects the latter – but proving it will be difficult, given no one wants to upset the balance of the island’s ancient relationships.

Helped by Sarah, the bride, George begins to uncover the secrets hidden on the island, and pieces together a tragic story both wish they had never heard.

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