Catherine tended to say, with a gallic shrug and a laugh, that she had no idea what her daughter was thinking. That was generally a lie. She knew her daughter well and understood her better than most. However, this attraction she had for her new boss, that just made no sense to Catherine at all. What could she possibly see in him?
He was so very English, with everything that that meant. He had no wish to be on the island let alone stay here. And don't get her started on his wardrobe – seriously the quote "Mad dogs and Englishmen" came to mind every time she saw him. At his best, he was dour and surly, at worst, downright rude.
He had to be halfway decent at his job, otherwise he would not have been sent here, and the Governor would not want to keep him. Camille had little time for shirkers and self important asses so he obviously wasn't all bad. But none of that explained the affection she held him in.
Then Catherine saw three things that made her reconsider.
Firstly, she saw him close a case. He pulled together seemingly insignificant details to create a picture of what had happened. And she realised that he wasn't just good, he was brilliant. No wonder his team stuck by him. She recognised what Camille saw in him professionally.
Secondly, she saw him, in an unguarded moment, turn and smile at her daughter. It wasn't one of his almost painful polite smiles, nor one of his "I know more than you do" smirks, but a genuine smile of amusement, inviting Camille to share in the moment with him. It lightened his features and made her want to smile in response.
Finally, when she was nursing him through the hallucinations caused by his fever, she was surprised at how many of them featured her daughter. From the mundane, to the intriguing "Please promise you won't tell your mum.". Then she had come in to find him frantic because he couldn't find Camille. The only way to calm him down had been to lie and tell him that she had just seen Camille go into town, and promise that when he woke up she would be back. And it seemed that the attraction wasn't as one-sided as she had thought.