Happy Thursday bookworms!
Delighted to share with you my review for the third book in this clever cozy mystery series. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Alice Castle for her wonderful words.
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?
4 Cozy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This is the third book in this fabulous cozy series it can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly encourage you to read all the books in this wonderful series…. this definitely is not your atypical Posey crime series there is just a little more substance (for lack of a better word) to it… each of these books have dealt with very timely and sensitive subject matter… this time it is domestic violence… as somebody who live through an emotionally abusive marriage I can say the subject matter was handled very intelligently and sensitively… it’s not always easy to infuse serious topics into a lighter read, but major props to Alice Castle for doing this extremely well!
Beth is back! Beth is such a relatable character she really could be any of us…. a single mom just trying to navigate the school pick up, who occasionally runs across dead bodies….. OK I don’t know about you, but I’ve never run across a dead body so that part might not be quite as relatable…. this time Beth is very concerned about her BFF Jen‘s new marriage, something doesn’t seem quite right….. why is it that are closest of friends can smell a rat, and yet we cannot?
What I really loved about this book was its focus on Beth’s personal life… we even got a healthy dose of romance… Love that Harry York, he is just such a good guy! Beth’s friends were even encouraging her to try out Tinder, but I am hopeful that she has already met her perfect match…. but NO worries mystery lovers there is a dead body in the book! Along with plenty of suspects, twists, and turns… my amateur sleuth skills were once again put to the test, and once again I was completely foiled…. I really love the direction this series is headed in, and I cannot wait for the next book!
Absolutely recommend to cozy mystery and crime thriller lovers, this is a very well-done series!
*** many thanks to the author and Rachel atRachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***
Purchase Link – MyBook.to/Cic
Author Bio –
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, 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
Links to buy books: MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
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