Monday 13 August 2018

Blog Tour / Book Review - Calamity in Camberwell 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?

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My Musings :

I have always loved a good mystery. But the genre of cozy mysteries is still new to me. When I picked up this book, the blurb was what had my attention though the author is new to me. So with expectation, I started the book.

Beth had me involved in her story and life with antics. At times, I felt like cheering for her and at other times, I felt like swatting her. One surprising fact was that there was a bit more of romance than expected in the story. And her interactions with the Inspector was lively and interesting! Since I hadn't read the previous books, it was a bit slow for me to get into the story and know more of the characters. But what impression I got from the story had me getting invested in the characters.

Most of the story was about Beth's interest in her friend's life and wondering what was happening and the slowly unwrapping of the mystery was only a tiny bit comparatively. It felt like that to me! I was actually expecting action from the start. Another thing which stood out to me was the author's writing. Her style had me craving her words. I really enjoyed it. The wit and the tempting visuals had me cruising through the pages easily.

This is another author I have added to my TBR list so that I can check out her other books.

My rating : 4/5

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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