Today on my blog I have my review of the fifth in the London Murder Mystery series, Revenge on the Rye plus a giveaway (see bottom of the post).
Title: Revenge On The Rye by Alice Castle
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date Published: 13th December 2018
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, thinks she is going for a carefree stroll on Peckham Rye with her best friend, Katie, and her annoying new puppy, Teddy. But before Beth knows it, she is embroiled in her most perplexing mystery yet.
Strange events from her family’s past, present-day skulduggery in the art world, and the pressures of moving school in south London threaten to overwhelm Beth. Will she be able to piece together the puzzle before her son’s crucial interview at Wyatt’s? Or will Beth’s insatiable curiosity finally drag down all her dreams for the future?
Join Beth, her irascible on-off boyfriend, Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police, and the dog walkers of Peckham Rye in a tale of murder, mayhem – and bloody revenge.
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I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and Crooked Cat Books for providing me with a copy of this fabulous book.
Back in Dulwich with Beth, her son Ben is on the cusp of an important interview at the prestigious Wyatt’s, which will determine whether he will be starting there in year seven but of course Beth has something to distract her, by stumbling across a dead body with a dog sitting next to it!
The dead man turns out to be artist Mark Smeaton, who didn’t seem to have an enemy in the world. Roping in her reluctant friend Katie, she dives head first into the mystery.
Another fun and entertaining cosy mystery from Alice Castle!
I make no secret I’m a huge fan of this series, having read the first four, so when I knew the fifth one was coming out, I knew I had to read it! It can easily be read as a standalone but I’d recommend starting with the first Death In Dulwich if you want to get to know the characters a bit better.
So the last book wasn’t my favourite but I felt this one Beth was back to her best, nosing into a mystery while DI Harry York fumes and wishes she’d stop putting herself in danger.
I really enjoyed seeing a different side to Beth’s friend Katie in this book. Usually so put together and effortless, but that’s all shattered by a very naughty puppy called Teddy, who seems like a tornado of fluff wrecking everything (and eating) in sight.
An honourable mention goes to Colin the Labrador for a) being called Colin and b) just sounding adorable and being the complete opposite of Teddy.
I also cheered when the dishy DI Harry York was featured a bit more, whom, I have to say I have a little literary crush on.
I’d recommend Revenge on the Rye to anyone who likes a classic style whodunnit, with well drawn characters and a sprinkling of humour.
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.
Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, 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, was published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Alice is currently working on the sixth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website.
Social Media Links – http://www.alicecastleauthor.com
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