Genre: Cozy Crime
Publication Date: 25 June 2019
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Standalone Sixth Book in the London Murder Mystery series
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 better. 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 murderer striking again, or does the murderer hold the winning hand this time?
In the sixth of the London Murder Mystery Series we get to know Beth's mum, Wendy, a little more. As we discover, Beth and her mum don't always get on, Wendy lives a well-ordered life, revolving around the Bridge Club at Belair House and, well, Beth's life is anything but well-ordered. She's one of life's procrastinators and is constantly worrying - usually about how her 11 year old son Ben is coping at his new school, her diminishing finances, her work as an archivist at Wyatt's College and about her relationship with the lovely D.I. Harry York.
This time Wendy is convinced that Alfie, her long time Bridge partner, has not died of natural causes and persuades Beth to dig up some clues while being dragged in as a reluctant bridge partner to her mother. Who knew that a bridge club could be so full of jealousy and rivalry with all manner of sneaky goings on!
I do enjoy this quirky little series, the plots are never too complicated to understand, author Alice Castle really brings Beth to life, I almost feel as if she's one of my best friends, she's dizzy and disorganised but lovely with it. With eccentric suspects, red herrings and humorous moments, The Body in Belair Park is an entertaining and easy-going mystery that fans of cozy crime will love.
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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, 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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