As someone who loves to SCUBA dive any time I try to read anything with SCUBA as a plot point. I also try to support authors from my home state of Wisconsin. So when I saw Diver’s Paradise by Wisconsin writer Davin Goodwin I just had to read it.
Diver’s Paradise is set on the island of Bonaire. Retired officer Roscoe Conklin has moved to the island to run a hotel. His life is a perfect retirement. Sun, beer and beautiful ocean dives.
That idea retirement is shattered when he finds out his old partner was murdered. To coincide with the murder news Conklin is playing host to an old friend visiting. His life is complicated trying to balance entraining his friend and calling his old PD to find out about his partner’s murder.
The situation gets worse when Roscoe’s girlfriend, an island police officer, has an accident. Followed by a murder on the island. The local police don’t seem equipped to handle the investigation and the evidence in the case does not line up. Then Roscoe figures out maybe he was the target.
This is author Davin Goodwin’s first novel. I sure hope it is the start of a series. Roscoe could be an interesting character to read over many more books. Also, Bonaire and his owning a hotel would make a great backdrop for more misadventures.
Anyone looking to start reading a new series should make sure to check out Diver’s Paradise. It has some solid police procedural aspects mixed with the smaller town cozy feel from being on an island. The mystery of the story is solid and the ending was solid.
Pick up your copy of Diver’s Paradise when it comes out on April 7, 2020.
A free review copy of this book was provided via NetGalley for this unbiased review.