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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.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last! I really liked how she shared her main character’s thoughts and reactions, making it easy to relate to her throughout the story. Whilst this is the fifth book in the series, I can vouch for it reading well as a standalone. I found it a highly entertaining read with plenty of mystery, revelations and surprises served along with a dash of humour. The victim is discovered on Peckham Rye when Beth’s friend Katie’s puppy, Teddy, runs off. Sat by the body Teddy is found by is a black Labrador, Colin, who Beth ends up taking home to look after. Beth’s boyfriend is Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police and he’s really not happy for his girlfriend’s proclivity at discovering murder victims – to put it mildly! Nor does he want her to join in the investigation, but she just can’t resist, especially as Colin is a popular and familiar dog to many folks in the area and is key to helping identify the victim and other aspects of the investigation.
It seems strange to describe a murder investigation as a fun read, but this really is. There’s plenty of different characters adding to the mix. Beth’s relationship with her boyfriend together with her concerns over her son’s interview for a place at Wyatt’s school all enhance her as a believable lady juggling different aspects of her life whilst still endeavouring to hold down her job and solve who the murder is. There’s plenty of mystery and surprises in it as clues are revealed but this proved to be a delightful, cosy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys this genre.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after reading it.
P.S. I really want to know what decision the letter contained!
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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.
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