#BlogTour #Review #CalamityInCamberwell

Release Date:  13th August 2018 / Publishers:  Crooked Cat Books

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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?

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My first book by this author.  This is also book #3 in the London Murder Mystery series.  I would class this as a cosy mystery type of book, very much along the line of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series.  I do like a cosy mystery and have read plenty in the past, but this is not my usual choice of genre these days.  Saying that, I found this book a refreshing read from the usual gruesome and graphic crime books that I have been reading lately!

Single mum, Beth Haldane is London’s modern day answer to Miss Marple.  Her fellow single playground friend, Jen is marrying and moving away.  Soon Beth begins to realise all is not right with Jen and her new husband and enlists the help of DI Harry York to help her solve the mystery!  On a personal note, Beth is having to put up with her friends who are trying to persuade her to start dating again, leading to some humorous and light hearted moments!

I did enjoy this book.  Beth’s character was very likeable and although I didn’t know her back story from the previous books I found it quite easily to pick up as I read this book.  I also particularly liked DI Harry York and would definitely like to see more of him in future books!  All of the characters were realistic and I warmed to them straight away.

If you’re after a good ‘old-fashioned’ mystery brought right up to date, then this is definitely the book for you!  It’s fun, it’s easy to read and it won’t have you feeling queasy with the sight of blood.  Cleverly written and well thought out, I would definitely recommend this book.  I’m off to read the first two in the series now!

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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

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