• Title: Death in Dulwich
  • Author: Alice Castle
  • ISBN: 9781547040339
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Death in Dulwich Thirty something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work To clear her name Beth is plunged into a c
    Thirty something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics But can she pull it off She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its owThirty something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics But can she pull it off She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21 Join Beth in 1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

    One Reply to “Death in Dulwich”

    1. This was a somewhat languid read for a mystery murder book. Our heroine starts a new job only to discover the body of her boss at lunchtime. Needless to state, she sets about solving the murder on her own despite the ongoing police investigation.The writing is readable, and there are minimal proofing errors, although there are a couple of inconsistencies in the story.What it lacked was any sort of pacing or tension, and characterisation was weak. We had the ever-smiling supportive friend, a wood [...]

    2. I really loved the setting as described- the fabulous old school of Wyatt’s with its stunning architecture, as privileged as you could ever get and then the author comes to describe the location of the (no spoilers) action at the beginning of the novel. That description prompted the first laugh of the story, and I found a good few more. If you want a quick entertaining read that’s a cosy murder mystery, then Death in Dulwich will tick the boxes but you’ll have to add a few more because Bet [...]

    3. Life in yummy-mummy landBeth Haldane has landed a job against all the odds as assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, the most sought-after independent secondary school in Dulwich. She is a widow who struggles to bring up her son, Ben, after her husband’s untimely, early death. Life is tough and although she feels there must have been other, more highly-qualified, applicants for the job she is hardly going to turn down this life-saving opportunity.Her intention to investigate who else applied for th [...]

    4. Beth’s first day in her new job as archivist at Wyatt’s school is memorable for the wrong reason. Her immediate superior Dr Jenkins, the senior archivist, sees her into her office then disappears for the morning. She goes for lunch and finds him dead. Both Beth and Detective Inspector York are determined to find out who killed him. The case is surprisingly not straight forward. Nobody liked Dr Jenkins and the delightful village of Dulwich is quite put about.Beth is intelligent and curious. S [...]

    5. Death DeservedI really enjoyed this book. The main character was very likeable and well thought out. The ending was a total surprise.

    6. A must for lovers of cosy crime fiction. Widowed single mum Beth Haldane gets a job as an archivist in a prestigious school in aspirational Dulwich Village. But her first day doesn’t quite go according to plan and that’s putting it mildly – she discovers the body of her boss who has been brutally murdered. Aware that she must be one of the suspects she sets out to unmask the murderer. This is a good old-fashioned whodunnit with a great cast of characters. Beth felt absolutely real and was [...]

    7. This book was a very enjoyable read with a great mixture of mystery and humour. I enjoyed the modern day setting and the location of the novel and I really enjoyed the main character Beth. It's extremely easy to read and a great book for the winter evenings that will soon be approaching! This is a perfect cozy crime novel. It has all the conventions and traits that the reader wants from a cozy crime novel but with added appeal that it is set in contemporary London. Beth is a single parent trying [...]

    8. Ah, small towns. Everyone knows everything about everybody. Except when they don't.Murder in Dulwich means secrets in Dulwich and secrets mean that someone needs to investigate. In Alice Castle's new London Murder Mystery series, that someone is Beth, mother, journalist, odd-jobber and, suddenly, amateur investigator.What's it about?Meet Beth Haldane, thirty-something single mum. She's delighted to land a job as an archivist at local posh school, Wyatt's, but her first day is rather spoiled by h [...]

    9. I was sent an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.Beth Haldane has her hands full, what with a bouncy young son, her cat and making ends meet. She adores her home in plush London suburb Dulwich, but things there aren’t cheap. So when Beth gets a job as assistant archivist at top local school Wyatt’s she is thrilled, though she does fear that she won’t be up to it. Little does she know what is about to happen though.Beth makes a hideous discovery on her very first day at work an [...]

    10. The whole story was really enjoyable and this has a lot to do with Beth's character I thought she was brilliant. Especially how she decides to do her own bit of sleuthing to find out who the killer is. Beth is strong and resilient especially as she has her son to raise on her own. So when she starts her new job at Wyatt's everything finally starts slotting into place until she finds herself in a very dangerous situation. I thought her determination to discover the truth was brilliant even when a [...]

    11. Life in Dulwich is far from Dull for our main character Beth. Living in the idyllic village of Dulwich with its prestigious Wyatt's school , where yummy mummies and 4x4 cars rule is a far cry from Beth who is a widow and single mother. She recently got a job at Wyatt's School as an archivist, but on her first day things take a turn in the worst possible way! Her mentor Dr Jenkins who she has only met, turns up dead behind the bins around the back of the school! And Beth is a suspect since she di [...]

    12. An eloquently written, edge-of-the-seat, hygge-style crime mystery! I absolutely loved this book and it has been a joy to get lost in Beth Haldane's world (along with her Shetland pony-esque fringe) this week. Alice transports the reader to the upper middle class echelons of Dulwich with the most vivid and witty observations, and courtesy of the most believable characters. You really will be chopping and changing your mind as to whodunit several times throughout, feeling quite torn because you w [...]

    13. There's murder involved but Death in Dulwich is a great read for a rainy day in front of the fire. Beth, the main character, is a gentle, intelligent and lovely single-mother to a typical nine-year old boy (who tells her that his school projects are due that day at six in the morning), and she's determined to find the killer of the Archivist at the school she's just started working for. Red herrings are dotted tantaslisingly about, leading the reader to one possible conclusion after another. Bet [...]

    14. Beth is an ordinary single Mum starting a new job in a posh school that she hopes to send her son to when he's old enough. Her creepy new boss shows her where the archives are and disappears. Several hours later, Beth goes looking for some lunch - and finds her boss stabbed!I thoroughly enjoyed this cosy crime! A modern Miss Marple! Plenty of red herrings, and a lovely will-they-won't-they attraction between Beth and the Detective.*I was sent an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

    15. Death in Dulwich is the perfect novel for those who love cosy crime with a hint of dark and deadly undertones. The crime setup is intriguing and Beth Haldane (who turns amateur sleuth partly to clear her name and partly because she simply cannot give up until she finds the truth) is an engaging and likeable character. It was easy to get lost in her world as the settings were so skilfully woven into the storytelling I didn’t once hear the author’s voice describing them to me. Leavened with mo [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this light crime story.Beth has a great new job and it's what she needs. What she doesn't need is to discover a murder on her very first day!She decides to help investigate to see whether the death of her boss is connected to his work in the archives.Handsome policemen, yummy mummies and yoga. A cosy mystery for today.

    17. 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, a [...]

    18. Death in DulwichA great mix of murder, mystery and humour, Death in Dulwich is a fab read. This book draws you in from the very first page and envelops you in a cosy mystery hug that keeps a hold of you right until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for number two in the series. Highly recommended, five shiny stars from purplebookstand!

    19. This is a fun light. crime read and I really liked the setting and the lead character Beth. Single mum Beth has a challenging start to her new job when a few hours in she discovers the body of the archivist at the school, the guy she has been employed to assist, as the old adage is that the discoverer might well be the culprit she takes up the challenge of proving her innocence. There are some good funny passages and some intriguing characters and I would try more by the author but I do have som [...]

    20. Have you ever been in a perfect London suburb in the spring? There is a sweet smell of clipped grass, front doors are freshly painted, SUVs are clean, all au pairs are from Rodean, and little Jemima and Jimmy are being prepped for life in the city. All around routine and pleasant purpose flow and Beth is working her way through life with confidence and aplomb. Of course, nothing lasts forever. One day the tranquility breaks, gossip mounts, authorities lack resources, and perfect facades cannot c [...]

    21. Have you ever been in a perfect London suburb in the spring? There is a sweet smell of clipped grass, front doors are freshly painted, SUVs are clean, all au pairs are from Rodean, and little Jemima and Jimmy are being prepped for life in the city. All around routine and pleasant purpose flow and Beth is working her way through life with confidence and aplomb. Of course, nothing lasts forever. One day the tranquility breaks, gossip mounts, authorities lack resources, and perfect facades cannot c [...]

    22. This is a mystery set in the world of yummy mummies that attend yoga, drive 4x4's and do coffee or lunch. The setting is quite well realised, but it is rather pushed down the readers throat. The pressures of being a Dulwich single parent likewise shown in angst ridden although often humorous detail.The mystery is of the "who killed" variety and lacks pace or tension and the main protagonist Beth, who discovers the body on her first day in her new job decides to investigate for herself, ostensibl [...]

    23. I had not read any books by Alice Castle before, but as those who follow my blog will know, the crime and mystery genres are amongst my favourites, when her new novel, Death in Dulwich, was published by Crooked Cat Books and recommended to me, I decided to buy it to take on holiday with me. Holiday reads are always a struggle in our house as both my husband and I have to agree the titles, so we can swap books. Negotiations complete, Death in Dulwich packed, off we went. The story revolves aroun [...]

    24. This is a perfect cosy murder mystery for a night curled up on the sofa. We follow the adventures of Beth, a realistic character we can sympathise with, on her first day of work at a school. First days are nerve-wrecking enough, but Beth's first day is a nightmare. No sooner has she been introduced to her boss, Dr Jenkins, but he goes missing and then is found dead! Naturally, she is a prime suspect and so she sets about trying to find the killer (and thereby clear her name). The story is a grea [...]

    25. Beth is a single mum surviving the privileged jungles of Dulwich Village in London. When she finds a body on her first day in a new job at a select school she can't help getting involved in a little amateur sleuthing and, of course, this leads to trouble. Well thought out plot with good characters although the author does indulge in a small bit of soap boxing at one point. An entertaining read.

    26. I really loved this cozy mystery. A very likeable and relatable main character who finds herself in a messy situation - quite literally. I raced through this story, desperate to know 'who done it'. The ending didn't disappoint with all loose ends tied up neatly. Highly recommend this page turner.

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