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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Calamity In Camberwell is the third in a series of cosy crime fiction by Alice Castle.
Cosy Crime is a genre that’s been on my list to read for a long time. Calamity In Camberwell was a perfect start.
This is the third in a series but can be read as a stand alone novel.
I found the book to have two very contrasting sides. Firstly you have Beth’s home life. She’s a widow and has a young son. She hasn’t felt ready to dip her toe in the water of dating since the death of her husband three years previous. There is a spark between her and DI Harry York which started in the previous novel. Alice portrays this situation with compassion and understanding of the mixed feelings Alice has.
There’s then the story around Beth’s best friend. Jen has recently remarried, her husband to the outside world seems perfect. He’s first introduced into the storyline as a gentle giant. Then the door closes as Beth leaves and a very different story unfolds. Jen’s marriage is far from the domestic bliss it appears to be on the outside.
Beth has a bad feeling about Jen’s home life and decided to investigate, this leads to dangerous repercussions!
Calamity In Camberwell is a fab read with many twists and turns. I’m so glad Alice Castle is now on my radar, I’ll be downloading the rest in the series and looking out excitedly for the next!
All About Alice
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.
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Where To Find Alice
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