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Thirty-something single mum, Beth Haldane, has her hands full – with a bouncy young son, a haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and bills to pay. She loves her little home in plush London suburb Dulwich, but life here doesn’t come cheap.
She is thrilled to land the post of archivist at top local school, Wyatt’s, though she secretly fears she’s not up to the job. But even Beth couldn’t have imagined how badly things could go, until she discovers a hideous crime and finds herself prime suspect.
Setting out to clear her name, Beth encounters a cast of characters who will follow her through the London Murder Mystery series, proving along the way that the nicest places can hide the nastiest secrets.
Fantastic Mystery, such great use of vocabulary!
Widowed Beth Haldane lives with her young son in the much-coveted village of Dulwich where yummy mummies are the order of the day. Beth has no time for such idleness as she strives to earn enough to keep herself and Ben above the breadline. A temporary job of assistant archivist at the posh school of Wyatt’s is a godsend to her – little did she know what she was letting herself in for! The story which follows is compelling reading once you begin – who can she trust and, more pertinently, add to her list of suspects? This author has created a very likeable amateur female sleuth, and I’ve always had a soft spot for a good mystery!
I’m delighted that this book heralds the beginning of a series; it is a well thought out mystery with a great variety of characters and such accomplished writing. The vocabulary is widely varied and spot on – it was no surprise to read in the author’s bio that Alice Castle comes from a journalism background. Her knowledge of the written language shines throughout this novel.
The ins and outs of this Death in Dulwich take right up until the last few pages of the book, finishing this mystery but hopefully leaving a bit of continuity for the follow up, which I am so looking forward to. A fabulous read, and one which I heartily recommend.
I was offered an arc from the author, that was our first interaction and was purely on a professional level. This is my own original, honest and unbiased review.
Tags: cozy mystery, female sleuth, London
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