#BlogTour #Review Murder In The Dark by Betsy Reavley @Bloodhoundbook @BetsyReavley

Title: Murder In The Dark by Betsy Reavley

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 12th December 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?

Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…

Review:

This is the second in series to feature DCI Barrett and DI Palmer but can be read as a stand alone something I can say without a doubt as I’ve yet to read the first!

It’s the run up to Christmas and the body of Dennis Wade, owner of Ashton’s Bookshop, is found hanging from the rafter inside his shop by young employee Tilly Edgely. It’s quickly discovered that it’s not suicide but murder but why would anyone want to kill a respectable bookshop owner?

Barrett and Palmer are tasked to investigate but another body shows up bearing the same hallmarks as the first but with no apparent tie to the first victim.

The killer starts to show off leaving packages, taunting the police, can Barrett and Palmer stop this maniac before they strike again?

This is what I like to call a cosy mystery with a little more bite as the death’s are a little more gruesome than in this type of book. There’s plenty of twists and turns which kept me guessing until the end.

It’s a real character driven novel, we hear from several perspectives throughout the book each one with their own unique voice so I never once got them confused.

DCI Barrett seems on the surface like an irascible, fussy and rude man but dig a bit deeper you find out he lost his wife to cancer and what with the stresses and strains of his job it does make his moods a little more understandable. Palmer seems like his polar opposite happily married with a son, he’s solid and dependable but there’s a little frisson sexual tension between him another a member of the team, Elly Hale, just to make things juicy.

Overall Murder In The Dark is fast paced mystery prefect for those who like their crime novels character driven and a little less graphic.

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About The Author:

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion,betsy reavley Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.

Betsy’s Social Media Links:

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#BlogTour #Review Homicide In Herne Hill by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

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I’ve very excited to be sharing my review of Homicide In Herne Hill, the fourth in the London mystery series, today (thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour) with a giveaway to win a copy of the book (see bottom of the post) but first a little about the book:

Title: Homicide In Herne Hill by Alice Castle.

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 28th September 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

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.

You can read my reviews of the previous three novels here (just click on the links)

Death In Dulwich

The Girl In The Gallery

Calamity In Camberwell

Review:

So I’m a huge fan of this series having read all four of the instalments but I do feel like Homicide In Herne Hill can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much. I will recommend that you start at the beginning because it’s such a good series!

It’s coming up to Christmas and Beth Haldane’s best friend Katie has gone away until new year leaving Beth feeling a little lonely. A chance encounter at her son Ben’s Nativity play and she meets another single mum, Nina.

Nina is the polar opposite of Katie, she’s loud, bouncy, eats processed food and doesn’t associate with the so called yummy mummy society of Dulwich. Knowing Beth’s reputation for solving mysteries Nina tells her she feels something dodgy is going on at the solicitor’s she works at. Unable to resist a puzzle, she puts herself and her new relationship on the line to get to the bottom of it.

It’s nice to be back in Dulwich with Beth. It feels like I’m visiting an old friend!

I liked the addition of Nina, she’s down to earth and fun, okay she lets her six year old have fizzy drinks and a diet that consists of pretty much junk food but nobody’s perfect! I wonder if her and Beth’s other friend Katie will meet in the next book, I’d like to see that.

Now much as I love this series, I didn’t feel like the mystery was quite as strong as the previous ones, with the majority of the juicy bits happening in the second half of the book but of course that is just my opinion. Also I’d like to see a bit more from the dishy detective Harry Young who Beth is now in a relationship with, but seemed noticeably absent for most of the book.

Overall Homicide In Herne Hill is a fun cosy mystery, full of great characters, witty observations and perfect for curling up with during these chilly nights.

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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 inauthor pic 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.

Social Media Links – http://www.alicecastleauthor.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

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#BlogTour #Review w/ #Giveaway Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman #damppebblesblogtours #AnnaRomanoMysteries

I’m excited to be closing out the tour for Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping with an international giveaway! (See bottom of post for details). I want to thank Emma Welton over at Damppebbles Tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

Title: Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Date Published: 24th September 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping is the first novel in the Anna Romano Mystery Series. It is a funny, whimsical, murder mystery series that appeals to ‘mystery readers’ of all ages.

Anna Romano is a middle-aged, Italian woman who is also a successful published author, a lover of cats, and an excellent cook with a hankering for Italian cuisine. She lives by herself in her quaint house, in a quiet community, with a white picket fence in Central New Jersey.

When she is not writing her next book or hosting book-signing events with her publicist, she is cleaning litter boxes and baking Cannolis…but never at the same time, of course!

In this first instalment, on a typical day in Anna’s somewhat-perfect life, a book-signing event turns her world upside down. Is it a case of mistaken identity or was she just being paranoid?

You Can Purchase Your Copy Here:

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Review:

Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping is a fairly short book but a good introduction for a new cosy mystery series featuring Anna Romano.

Anna is a cat mama, a successful author of crime novels herself who unwittingly becomes part of one herself.

I’m an absolute sucker for a book with an unusual title! I devoured this little novel in one sitting. It’s fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously with plenty of food, mystery and a little romance along the way.

Anna is a great character, a little sarcastic perhaps and seems to like her cats more than people but I’d still like to be friends with her, mainly so I can have some of those delicious sounding cannolis!

It was a bit of a shame we found out the who was targeting Anna fairly early on but luckily not the whole reason why and there was a nice little twist at the end too.

Plus Anna being called middle aged I found fairly annoying. When did thirty seven become middle aged? I’m not far off that myself and I certainly don’t feel middle aged!

Overall Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping is perfect for crime fans who are maybe looking for something a little more light-hearted.

The next instalment is coming in January and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for this series!

About Cheryl Denise Bannerman:

Writing under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, Cheryl Denise Bannerman author photospecializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.

In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.

Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.

Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.

Social Media:

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cheryl-Denise-Bannerman/e/B003YVCJ74/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1536333632&sr=8-1

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#BlogTour #Review Murder At Midnight by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

Title: Murder At Midnight by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 25th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

Felix Olliphant was found stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve costume party for the turn of the millennium.

Seemingly liked by everyone, motives for his murder are hard to find. There was one suspect, but no evidence.

Hillary struggles to solve this baffling case. And she has to contend with a new colleague, Jake Barnes. Young and rich, he says he wants to give something back to the community, but Hillary has her doubts.

Will Hillary finally be defeated by this cold case and will she lose her boss and love interest to a new job?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

“PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW VICTORY.”

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES
BOOK 15: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT

Books 16-17 coming soon!

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Review:

I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this blog tour and Joffe Books for my advanced copy of this book.

Hillary is back off a two week holiday and faced with two new recruits. The first is Wendy Turnbull, a friendly, if not overenthusiastic woman with a style that could only be described as Gothic. Then there’s Jake Barnes, a millionaire wonder kid, nicknamed The Boy Wonder, who claims that he wants to give back to his community but he seems to be hiding something.

Wary of both her new recruits, she given the task of solving the stabbing of Felix Olliphant, during a New Years Eve party at the turn of the Millennium, a case with no usable DNA or accurate witness statements.

Her love life seems to be hotting up with her boss Steven Crayle but he’s offered another job, what does the future hold for them?

Another intriguing cosy mystery from Faith Martin! It’s nice to be back with Hillary Greene for another book. This is a series I’ve consistently dipped in and out of over the past year and while I will suggest this could be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend that you’d read a few of the previous books first.

The case is a particularly tough one with a lack of eye witnesses and forensic evidence and I have to say I didn’t see the ending coming at all!

The introduction of new characters Wendy and Jake was a great idea too, giving a little more depth to the story and introducing a slightly more varied cast.

Also if like me you are enjoying the perpetually single Hillary’s new love life, the ending will have you dancing with excitement.

Overall Murder At Midnight is an intriguing cosy mystery that has left me very excited for the next book.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of Author photo (1)dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 13 books in the series are available now.

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future. 

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#BlogTour #Review Calamity In Camberwell by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @crookedcatbooks @rararesources

I’m excited to bring you my review of Calamity In Camberwell but as an extra little bonus there’s a giveaway for a copy of the book signed by the author herself (open internationally). See the bottom of the page for details!

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Title: Calamity In Camberwell by Alice Castle

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 13th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cosy mystery.

Description:

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, worries she is losing a kindred spirit when her friend Jen, the only other single mum in the playground, suddenly gets married and moves to Camberwell.

Soon Beth has to face much more pressing fears. Has something gone horribly wrong with Jen’s marriage? What is her husband really up to? Why is her daughter leading Beth’s son astray? And where on earth IS Jen anyway?

As Beth’s friends push her to start dating again, Beth turns to Met Police DI Harry York for help. But will they solve the mystery in time, or will it turn out that in south east London, not everyone gets to live happily ever after?

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Review:

We are back with Beth in the third instalment of London Murder Mystery series. I’m a huge fan of this series having read both Death in Dulwich (you can read my review here) and The Girl in the Gallery (you can read my review here). I would recommend you read both or at least the previous book before you read Calamity in Camberwell because this does contain slight spoilers for The Girl in the Gallery.

After seeing her friend and fellow single mum Jen remarried after a particularly nasty divorce, Beth’s friends try to convince her to start dating again. But Beth is reluctant, as she feels something is off about Jen’s new marriage.

Her fears start to grow and Jen and her husband disappear. Unsure of what to do, she turns to DI York to help her.

Calamity In Camberwell has a different feel to it than the first two books, because it doesn’t involve Beth stumbling across a dead body or nearly dead body like in The Girl In The Gallery, instead it focuses a bit more on Beth, her life and her friendships.

Having read the previous novels, I feel like I know Beth so well now yet still I’m finding out new things about her, like more about her marriage to Ben’s dad (his name has escaped me as I’m writing this) who died eight years earlier.

The book is fast paced, well written and has a surprising twist at the end but I have to be honest I felt the mystery aspect of the book was overshadowed by Beth’s fears about her son’s new tutoring and Beth’s attempts at dating which was a shame.

I still massively enjoyed this book and I’m happy to see there will be more books in the pipeline, I can’t wait!

Rating: 3.5/5

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About The Author:

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 author pica 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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

Links to buy books: MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery

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She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

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#BlogTour #Review Murder And The Glovemaker’s Son by Leslie Cookman

Title: Murder And The Glovemaker’s Son by Leslie Cookman

Publisher: Accent Press

Publication Date: 16th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A new title in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman.

Set in the Kent village of Steeple Martin this series has a loyal following from around the globe.

The Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin is hosting a touring production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which is attracting a lot of attention. But very soon it begins to attract attention of an entirely different kind, when a document goes missing along with its owner.

When a body turns up, Libby Sarjeant and Fran Wolfe become involved with the investigation with the help, naturally, of their friends and relatives.

Review:

A tour of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has arrived in the village of Steeple Martin after a letter was uncovered claiming that Shakespeare had toured with his company there. The letter is soon debunked as a fake and the letter and the owner disappear. The owner is soon found dead but the letter is missing. Another body is found with links to the touring Shakespeare company. Can Libby Sarjeant and her friends get to the bottom of this mystery before anyone else turns up dead?

So this is the 19th book in the series, yes you read that right 19th, this has to be one of the longest running book series I’ve come across in years. I actually haven’t read any of the other books myself and I found there was a handy little glossary of regular characters in the front, which helped me to make sense of who was who etc.

This is a proper cosy mystery, you don’t see the body or have it described in detail, instead it really focuses on the puzzle of the case.

The characters really make this book. Libby is quite fierce and a little bossy but I feel like the characters around her bring out her nicer side.

The book contains a lot of historical facts which I found immensely interesting like Shakespeare being a spy for Queen Elizabeth which I didn’t know and now I want to find out more about!

I have to be honest, there is quite a large cast of characters which I felt slightly over shadowed the mystery and trying to keep them straight in my head was quite hard.

Overall I would recommend Murder And The Glovemaker’s Son to anyone who enjoys a good puzzling mystery.

Rating: 3/5

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Author Bio:

Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many Woolworth’s exerciseLesley Cookman Author Photo books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she’s been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess, actor and disc jockey, she’s written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd. She is also the author of several pantomimes and a Music Hall musical, and more recently an Edwardian mystery series, The Alexandrians, also from Accent Press. She has also written romances under the name Rosina Lesley.

She has four grown up children, two cats and lives on the Kent coast of England.

Links:

Website – http://www.lesleycookman.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lesley.cookman

Twitter – @LesleyCookman

#BlogTour #Review w/ #Giveaway The Girl In The Gallery by Alice Castle @rararesources @DDsDiary

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Title: The Girl In The Gallery by Alice Castle

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 19th December 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

Purchase Link – http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery

Review:

This is the second in London Murder Mystery series and as with most series it works well as a stand alone. If you want to start at the very beginning of the series you can read my review of Death In Dulwich, here.

So we’re back with Beth, who seems to have a knack for finding trouble! This time she finds a girl barely alive, laid out in mausoleum within the museum Picture Gallery. No girl has been reported missing and it’s a race against time to find out who she is.

You know it’s rare that I find a sequel that’s better than the first but that’s the case with Girl In The Gallery. There’s plenty of twists and turns with a very surprising ending.

This book also deals with the issues of today’s teenage girls with all the social media and trying to look like they have the perfect life. Also there is sensitive subjects of anorexia and self harm showing how these mental illnesses are often misunderstood or marginalised as not being ‘that serious’.

I like the fact we get to know DI York and Beth’s friend Katie making them seem a little more rounded than in first book and not just there for Beth to bounce her ideas off.

I did feel that the middle got a little bogged down with slightly outlandish theories and lots of dialogue which is why I didn’t give this book the whole five stars but as usual that could just be me being fussy.

I’m not going to say too much more in case of spoilers but I would highly recommend this to fans of MC Beaton or Agatha Christie.

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Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

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, wasauthor pic 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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

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Title: Death In Dulwich by Alice Castle

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 6th September 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

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.

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Review:

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.

Rating: 4/5

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About The Author:

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.author pic

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en


Giveaway – Win signed copies of Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery (UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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