Saturday, January 18, 2014

Death in Paradise - the book deal

One of my comfort tv series, is the BBC's Death in Paradise which has starred Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole in its first two series. The new series which began this week, sees a major change - and one I haven't brought myself to watch yet...(sniff).

However, a publishing deal just announced, means fans of Richard Poole will be able to spend a bit more time with him. From Book2Book:
MIRA, Harlequin (UK) Ltd's commercial fiction imprint, today announces that it has won the rights to three crime novels by 'Death in Paradise' creator Robert Thorogood.

The three novels will take inspiration from the hit BBC show but will be original stories and will feature Richard Poole as the lead protagonist amongst other show favourites.

'Death in Paradise' is a clever, witty murder-mystery drama set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. The first two series followed the investigations of uptight Met police officer Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller, who first arrived to investigate the murder of his colleague and ended up staying on the idyllic – if slightly dangerous – island. The third series kicked off with a bang on Tuesday 14th January when Poole left the series and new detective DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) arrived to replace him.

Thorogood says, "I've been a passionate reader of murder mysteries my whole life, and in many respects 'Death in Paradise' has always been my homage to the queen of the genre, Agatha Christie. As the TV show evolves I am thrilled that MIRA are letting me bring Richard and Camille back together again. I can't wait to see them once more outwitting the very many murderers that live on Saint-Marie."

Harlequin will publish the first novel in hardback in January 2015, with the paperback edition following in June 2015.

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