Today I have two very different mum-investigators on my book blog. Let’s start with Revenge on the Rye by Alice Castle.
Imagine the pressure cooker of mums stressing about getting into the best day school in Dulwich … code-named “Wyatts” … in between yoga classes and chai lattes. Then add a dog walk in the park with a naughty puppy (probably pedigree), and a bored busy-body, and you have the perfect setting for a “yummy mummy” murder mystery.
The lead is rather irritatingly nosy – quite how her police boyfriend put up with her is beyond me, but setting that aside, I liked the mix of characters. My favourite though was Colin, the loyal, depressed, Labrador.
I raced through this in just a few hours. Fluidly written, it’s a fun easy read. Chick lit meets detective story. Although part of a series, it stands on its own. I haven’t read any of the others, but I will now though.
Slip this into your handbag, grab a chai latte and head to your local park …
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Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, thinks she is going for a carefree stroll on Peckham Rye with her best friend, Katie, and her annoying new puppy, Teddy. But before Beth knows it, she is embroiled in her most perplexing mystery yet.
Strange events from her family’s past, present-day skulduggery in the art world, and the pressures of moving school in south London threaten to overwhelm Beth. Will she be able to piece together the puzzle before her son’s crucial interview at Wyatt’s? Or will Beth’s insatiable curiosity finally drag down all her dreams for the future?
Join Beth, her irascible on-off boyfriend, Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police, and the dog walkers of Peckham Rye in a tale of murder, mayhem – and bloody revenge.
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. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Alice is currently working on the sixth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website.
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