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Friday, April 22, 2022

Diver's Paradise by Davin Goodwin (Book Review)


Book Review

Diver's Paradise by Davin Goodwin
Book 1: A Roscoe Conklin Mystery Series
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Format: Hardcover - 336 pages
               Paperback - 304 pages
               Kindle - 3488 KB / 306 pages
               Audiobook - 8 Hours 53 Minutes
               Nook - 1 MB / 336 pages
ISBN (HC): 978-1608093830
ISBN (PB): 978-1608094363
ASIN (Kindle): B0831S13NG
ASIN (Audiobook): B08NR5TWDF
BNID: 978-1608093847
Genre: Mystery

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: A Roscoe Conklin Mystery Series
Book 1: Diver's Paradise
Book 2: Paradise Cove

Book Description:

Why do people close to Roscoe Conklin keep showing up dead—and on the paradise island of Bonaire?

After 25 years on the job, Detective Roscoe Conklin trades his badge for a pair of shorts and sandals and moves to Bonaire, a small island nestled in the southern Caribbean. But the warm water, palm trees, and sunsets are derailed when his long-time police-buddy and friend back home, is murdered.

Conklin dusts off a few markers and calls his old department, trolling for information. It's slow going. No surprise, there. After all, it's an active investigation, and his compadres back home aren't saying a damn thing.

He's 2,000 miles away, living in paradise. 

Does he really think he can help? They suggest he go to the beach and catch some rays.

For Conklin, it's not that simple. Outside looking in? Not him. Never has been. Never will be.

When a suspicious mishap lands his significant other, Arabella, in the hospital, the island police conduct, at best, a sluggish investigation, stonewalling progress. Conklin questions the evidence and challenges the department's methods. Something isn't right.

Arabella wasn't the intended target.

He was.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

In Diver's Paradise , the first book of the Roscoe Conklin Mystery Series, author Davin Goodwin weaves an intriguing mystery tale that follows retired detective and island hotel owner Roscoe Conklin's investigation into the murder of his former police detective coworker. 

This mystery tale is set in the Caribbean tropical island setting of Bonaire. Roscoe Conklin is a retired police detective from Rockford, Illinois, who for the past five years has owned The YellowRock hotel on the island of Bonaire. Bonaire is known to be a diving paradise, but when Roscoe is told that his former co-worker, retired Detective Bill Ryberg and his wife Marybeth were murdered in their home, he can't help but want to help the investigation. But there is someone on the island that has other plans, especially when Roscoe's investigation leads to suspicious events that target those close to him ... but is Roscoe really the intended target?

Author Davin Goodwin provides a multi-layered storyline that has enough mystery, suspense, drama, treachery, secrets, and intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. The author weaves an intricate and complicated story, and when Roscoe's investigation leads to suspicious events, danger is on the tropical island, especially when the clues leads to something from Roscoe's past.

Told in the first person perspective, Roscoe takes the reader along for the ride on his investigative adventure. This engaging Caribbean mystery story has realistic characters; witty island dialogue and humorous interactions; and a rich description of the island setting of Bonaire. This multi-layered storyline easily draws the reader into how Roscoe's past leads him to putting the pieces of the investigation puzzle together, and solving the murder case. 

Diver's Paradise is the kind of island mystery that easily keeps the reader captivated, guessing, on their toes, and wanting more!


About The Author

Davin Goodwin is a graduate of Arkansas State University and works in the technology industry. He’s been a small business owner, a real estate investor, an aerial photographer and flight instructor, a semi-professional banjo player, and a scuba diver, often seen on the island of Bonaire. Paradise Cove is the second novel in his Roscoe Conklin Mystery Series and he intends to continue writing the Roscoe Conklin series set on Bonaire. Goodwin lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Leslie.


  1. Thanks for the great review. I'm ready for a mystery on a tropical island!