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Monday, August 20, 2018

Calamity in Camberwell

Calamity in Camberwell

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?
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What I Thought:

This is the first book that I have had experience with by Alice Castle.  It is the third in her London Murder Mysteries series, and while it can be read without reading the others in the series, I wish I had read the others and gotten to know the main character a little more.  This one was a little different than most of the cozy mysteries I read as it dealt with the issue of domestic violence.  In this one, Beth's friend Jen has moved to Camberwell and Beth is soon worried about Jen and her marriage. When Jen goes missing, Beth enlists the help of the police and DI Harry York.  I thought this was a very well written book.  Like I mentioned, it is different that what I usually read but the author did well with the subject matter and the issue of domestic violence and how it affects those who experience and their family and friends.  I would love to read the other books in this series as this author is a very good writer and the story flowed well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio –
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:
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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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1 comment:

  1. Hi Melina, thanks so much for having me on your blog and thanks, too, for a lovely review. I’m so glad you enjoyed Calamity in Camberwell and I’ll be interested to hear what you make of the first two books in the series :)