Scotland Yard DI Richard Poole is sent to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie to solve a fellow policeman’s murder. Having done so, he finds himself seconded to the local police force as the dead man’s replacement. Poole proves to be a brilliant detective, solving several complex murders. He’s not quite suited to either the pace of life on the island or the heat and sand, neither of which he likes very much. He also doesn’t like seafood. That aside, the place is just great. As Goodman buys a boat Dan Hagen, wealthy philanthropist and oceanographic leader of a diving party, is shot on board his yacht whilst the four members of his group are all underwater and in each other’s sight. Goodman is puzzled by the appearance of a toy soldier next to the corpse and learns, not only that Dan’s ex-spouse and current trophy wife are in the party though apparently friends, but that Dan’s colleague Sam Blake had argued with him over a professional matter and student Jonathan Taylor was a drug smuggler Dan exposed. Taylor is arrested but ultimately the… Outgoing island governor Caroline Bamber is poisoned after accepting a drink from Commander Patterson at her leaving party but Goodman finds an unsigned note in her bag warning that someone was out to kill her. Private secretary Ellery tells Goodman that Caroline was blackmailing president Francois Tromeur over an affair but deputy governor Andy Hamilton and assistant Lucy Preville are also in the frame. Goodman deduces how Caroline was poisoned but has less success finding a girlfriend online. A fashion show on the beach takes a murderous turn when a model is found strangled with a scarf backstage, moments after leaving the catwalk.