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Beth Haldane is on the verge of having everything she’s ever wanted. Her son is starting secondary school, her personal life seems to have settled down – even her pets are getting on. But then the phone rings.
It’s Beth’s high maintenance mother, Wendy, with terrible news. Her bridge partner, Alfie Pole, has died suddenly. While Beth, and most of Dulwich, is convinced that Alfie has pegged out from exhaustion, thanks to playing with Wendy for years, Beth’s mother is certain that there is foul play afoot.
Before she knows it, Beth is plunged into her most complicated mystery yet, involving the Dulwich Bridge Club, allotment holders, the Dulwich Open Garden set and, of course, her long-suffering boyfriend, Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Harry York. The case stirs up old wounds which are much closer to home than Beth would like. Can she come up trumps in time to stop the culprit striking again – or does the murderer hold the winning hand this time?
Beth Haldane is a single Mum, though she does have a “boyfriend” – Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Harry York. Her son is about to start attending the prestigious Wyatt’s secondary school which is also the place where she supposedly works as an archivist. The reason for the supposedly is that she seems to keep getting distracted from her job by mysterious events which have her acting like Dulwich’s younger answer to Miss Marple! This time it is her Mum who calls to get Beth to investigate the mysterious demise of Alfie Poe, her Mum’s bridge partner.
This is a highly entertaining and somewhat satirical read with great characters, plenty of intrigue, lots of laughs and a plethora of red herrings as the mystery unfolds. Nothing is straightforward in this, probably Beth’s most complicated investigation so far. Beth is dealing with the members of the Dulwich Bridge Club, digging for information from the allotment holders and still trying to keep her son and boyfriend happy. Her antics are often laugh out loud funny but this is a dangerous investigation that will put her and others at risk. The ending is superb at linking things together and the story is a great read throughout and there’s also a great surprise for Beth to keep you wondering what will happen in the next book in this series.
Whilst this is the sixth book in this brilliant series, I suspect it could be read and thoroughly enjoyed even if you’ve missed the previous five. Having typed that, I’ll add a slight warning that once you’ve read one you’ll probably want to go grab yourself copies of the earlier books to read, too! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this intriguing story and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys escaping into a small community based murder mystery with great character and plenty to keep you enthralled and smiling.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and being surprised just how much I enjoyed it.
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 and also hit the number one spot. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published in August 2018, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Revenge on the Rye came out in December 2018. The Body in Belair Park will be published on 25th June 2019. Alice is currently working on the seventh London Murder Mystery adventure, The Slayings in Sydenham. 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
Death in Dulwich is now also out as an audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07N1VNMLT/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-140657&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_140657_rh_us
Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
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