Calamity in Camberwell (The London Murder Mysteries #3)
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 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?
I was glad to be back in Dulwich catching up with Beth and her family and friends. Beth has a lot going on…she has just hired a tutor for her son, Ben, for his upcoming Wyatt entrance exam. She is worrying if it’s too much pressure on him when he begins acting strangely. Her friends are pushing her to date again, and she misses her friend, Jen, who has just remarried. So, she isn’t looking to become involved in solving another crime. Yet, that is just where she finds herself when Jen goes missing.
There is no shortage of suspects. Jen’s new husband, Jeff. Was their new marriage as blissful as it seemed. What about Jen’s ex, Tim, or his wife, Babs? Or, has Jen just taken off? Soon, Beth finds herself in a lot of danger. The mystery kept me guessing. I really thought I knew what was going on, but I found I didn’t have a clue.
As with the other books in the series, Castle interjects her great sense of humor, especially at Beth’s attempt to date again. Dating has changed since she met her late husband. Now, there are reality shows about it and online dating, Tinder and Match.com. It’s also hard as she is one of the only single people in Dulwich. When she joins forces with Police DI York again, the sparks are there. If only she knew exactly what she felt more, chemistry or frustration. The man does make her crazy!
I really love this great little series. It has just the right balance of romance and mystery with a bit of humor thrown in. You can’t get much better than that!!!!
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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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