Title: Death In Dulwich by Alice Castle
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date Published: 6th September 2017
Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work.
To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21.
Join Beth in #1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.
Purchase Link – MyBook.to/1DeathinDulwich
This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while and I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Beth Haldane is a single mum, just about scraping by after the death of her husband trying to provide for her nine year old son Ben. She lives in the affluent Dulwich Village, surrounded by yummy mummies with far too much time on their hands. When she’s offered an archivist assistant job at Wyatt’s, a much sort after boys school in the area, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her on the first day she finds her boss, Dr Jenkins dead.
Feeling that she’s the only suspect, she embarks on finding the real culprit, much to the annoyance of dishy DI Harry York.
This book puts the cosy into cosy mystery! It’s a good old fashioned style whodunnit, with plenty of suspects, red herrings and mystery. It really reminded me of the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton which I absolutely love.
I was quite surprised that Dulwich Village is actually a real place in South London. I honestly thought before I started reading it that it was entirely out of the writer’s imagination but now I want to go and visit it although I don’t think I’d want to live there, not with all those yummy mummies hanging around!
I really liked Beth. She’s hard working, a little stubborn with an OCD streak and has a tendency for bouts of low self esteem. I think any mum, single or not, would understand the constant struggle of trying to do your best for your child or children that Beth goes through on a day to day basis. The way she butts head with DI York, who seems a little cold and formal, was a nice touch and I look forward to their relationship growing.
I did feel that Beth’s friend Katie seemed a little too perfect, even though she’s meant to be the so called ‘normal’ one like Beth and she was just there as a bit of a plot device to move the story on but of course that’s just my opinion!
A fantastic start to the series that I would recommend this book to those who love a good cosy mystery.
The second book, Girl In The Gallery, is up for my next review on Tuesday so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts.
Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.
Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019. Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com
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