Happy Saturday all!
Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book. Another wonderful installment in this amazing series! Thanks Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💜
The Body in Belair Park
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?
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Alice Castle has written another clever, quirky, and fun book in the London Murder Mystery series. This is book six and it is just as fresh and engaging as the first book in the series. Picking up this book was so enjoyable it was like visiting old friends. Beth thinks she’s got it all together. Her son is going to A prestigious secondary school, her love life is mostly on track, and she hasn’t run into any dead bodies in at least three days. SO when she hears her mothers ringtone “a bridge over troubled water“ she is less than enthusiastic to answer the phone and rightly so. Her mothers bridge partner Alfie has drop dead and Wendy is convinced there is foul play at work. Just like the rules of bridge or the English school system to an American this case is complicated! And once again Beth finds herself donning her detective hat.
Beth is such a real and relatable character, I really enjoy spending time with her in these books. I also really enjoy the setting and the residence of Dulwich. I really love how all the mysteries in this series have a bit of a deeper story behind them, it adds a little extra something to this entire series. My only tiny complaint is I think this book got a little bogged down with the rules of bridge in the beginning. But that could just be because I cannot figure that game out for the life of me. Another thing that confounds me is how different the English school system is to the American school system. I need to just sit down someday and completely look into it, I am so interested and yet I haven’t taken the time to do this as of yet. But I digress… we also get a bit of a glimpse into Beth’s past and the history of her relationship with her mother in particular in this book. I love how we get a better understanding of Beth and what makes her tick in each book. Beth is still with her dependable detective boyfriend Harry and once again I was craving just a little bit more of him in the book. Another brilliant installment in the series. It can definitely be read as a standalone, but I bet you can’t readjust one!
*** thank you to the author for my copy of this book ***
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
Links to buy books: http://MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery
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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