Beth Haldane, SE21’s premier – and only – single mum amateur sleuth, is really pleased to find a new friend at the school gates, in the shape of irrepressibly bouncy Nina. As well as a way with words, Nina has a puzzle she wants Beth to solve, centred on the solicitor’s office where Nina works in Herne Hill. But as the mystery thickens, threatening to drag in not just Nina and her boss, but the yummy mummies of Dulwich, too, Beth is about to find out just how far some people will go to keep up appearances. Join Beth in this fourth instalment in the London Murder Mystery series for her toughest case yet.
My first book by this author, but it’s the fourth one of a series. I have not read the other ones and I admit this story can be read as a stand alone, but I do regret not having read the rest. I felt like I missed a lot. Not that I could not follow, but I am talking about the life of the main character. She is such fun, that I would have liked to get to know her sooner.
It’s a nice cosy mystery with a very funny amateur sleuth. She made me smile a lot.
The author did a really good job in fooling me by letting me focus on one thing while incorporating little bits of something else. She left me wondering how those two were connected. And then, finally, she puts me out of my misery by bringing them together and surpising me with the outcome.
A lovely story that makes you looking forward to the sequel. 4 stars.
Thank you, Alice Castle and RachelsRandomResources.
About the author
Before turning to crime, Alice Castle had a long career as a feature writer on national newspapers including the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Alice grew up in south London and, after a brief stint in Brussels (where her first novel, Hot Chocolate, is set) she is back where she belongs, dreaming up adventures for her heroine, amateur detective and single mum Beth Haldane. Alice is married with two children, two stepchildren and two cats. Find out more about her London Murder Mystery series on her website, http://www.alicecastleauthor.com. Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 by Crooked Cat Books and was #1 in the Amazon Satire/Detective charts in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. The Girl in the Gallery came out in December 2017 and the third in the series, Calamity in Camberwell, was published on 13th August 2018. Revenge on the Rye will follow in 2019, with more books in the pipeline.