Written by Alice Castle
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 remarries 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 new 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 Metropolitan 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?
Calamity in Camberwell is the third book in the London Murder Mysteries series
A Fabulous Addition to this series!
The third book in the London Murder Mysteries series sets out on a different path from the first two, and it poses quite an enigma!
Beth Haldane finds herself in the neighbouring area of Camberwell every week since she took the step of digging into her sparse funds to pay a tutor for Ben, her beloved son, to give him the best chance of moving on to a better school – hoping against hope that perhaps Wyatt’s may find a place for him. As her best friend Jen recently remarried and moved there, it gives them the perfect opportunity to meet up for a cuppa and a natter each week – but somehow, Jen and Jeff don’t seem to have the newly-wed glow that Beth would expect and it niggles at her that something’s not quite right. As Jen goes missing, we again meet the very desirable DI Harry York who despairs of Beth’s nose for trouble …
Another fabulous addition to this series. No chance of these mysteries becoming formulaic, this is a very different read from the first two – although Beth does seem to be a magnet for trouble! Her penchant for finding herself in the middle of things hasn’t changed and this book contains plenty of fodder to get your brain ticking over. As always, this author’s prose is a real treat, using a more varied vocabulary than is generally found – and all the more enjoyable for it! This is a really well-planned puzzle; plenty of potential ‘baddies’ and none of them were the one ‘whodunnit’ for me – that was a total surprise! It’s good to be back in the world of Dulwich with it’s yummy-mummies and posh shops, catching up with Beth’s family and seeing her life progress. For me, these novels are a cut-above the usual mysteries abounding, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on this series. Without doubt, worthy of a full five stars!
My grateful thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for both my copy and the invitation to join the Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: murder mystery, cosy
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 445 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
- Publication Date: 13 August 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
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
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She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
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