#BlogTour #Giveaway #Review Revenge On The Rye by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @rararesources

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).

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Title: Revenge On The Rye by Alice Castle

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 13th December 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

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.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revenge-London-Murder-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B07K6P9X87

US – https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-London-Murder-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B07K6P9X87

Review:

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.

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About The Author:

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The acb2Times 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

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

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

Links to buy books:.

myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich, myBook.to/GirlintheGallery, myBook.to/CiC myBook.to/homicideinhernehill

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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.

Purchase Link myBook.to/homicideinhernehill

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GPGBSC6

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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

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

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

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#BlogTour #Review And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark @EAClarkAuthor @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

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Title: And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 3rd September 2018

Genre: Horror/Ghost Story

Description:

Not all spirits rest in peace…

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.

Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

Purchase Links

UK https://amzn.to/2Mvmbey

US https://amzn.to/2noxGJO

https://www.crookedcatbooks.com/product/and-no-birds-shall-sing/

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Review:

Grace, her husband Sam and their daughter Cassie need a fresh start after Grace suffers another tragic miscarriage. They think doing up the old Partlowe cottage will be the fresh start that they need.

The cottage’s tragic past comes to light and they receive warnings from the villagers to move out, especially when Grace finds herself pregnant again but they ignore the strange going on in the house. Will they change their mind before it’s too late?

I read E.A Clark’s debut last year, so I jumped at the chance to read And No Birds Shall Sing, as I really enjoyed the ghostly aspect of her first novel.

I’m probably a little biased when it comes to this sort of story because I love a good ghost story (which probably comes from the fact I grew up across the road from a cemetery). This is fabulously spooky novel using historical details (obviously well researched) and personal tragedy to added depth to the usual haunted house story.

I liked Grace, she’s is a little neurotic but with her history of miscarriages and losing her biological mother at a very young age, so it is completely understandable. Also I loved Cassie, their ten year old daughter, who even though she’s blind doesn’t let her that stop her from doing what she wants.

There were a few standard ghost story tropes like seeing things when no one is around and nobody believing in what Grace saw but I like the fact that E.A. Clark made them feel credible and realistic. Also I can safely say I did not see that shocking ending coming at all!

I will warn anyone before they read this book, it does contain the very upsetting subject of miscarriages, depression and suicide that may difficult for some to read.

And No Bird Shall Sing is a fantastic ghost story that managed to take me on an emotional and spooky journey that I just didn’t want to end. I cannot wait for E.A Clark’s next book!

About The Author:

Elizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her Crooked Cat Photohusband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.

She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.

And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.

Social Media Links – Twitter handle – @EAClarkAuthor ;

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Goodreads – E.A. Clark – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17100457.E_A_Clark

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