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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle : The London Murder Mysteries Blog Tour ** Review & Giveaway **

Welcome to my first stop on The London Murder Mysteries Blog Tour today where I am featuring Alice Castle's crime novel, Death in Dulwich.  There is also the chance to win a signed copy of her books- details on how to enter the Giveaway are at the foot of this post (UK only).

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 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.

My Thoughts
Although you might term this as a cozy crime mystery, the subject matter is anything but. There are some surprising revelations along the way which I certainly did not seem coming. I enjoyed the whole setting in super- posh Dulwich, principally because of the wry comments which were made about the yummy mummies' lifestyle and their aspirations for their offspring. There are also some pithy observations about life in the school itself.

    There are plenty of characters to amuse, but it is Beth herself who is the most rounded and successful. I warmed to her and found her intelligent take on events in Dulwich refreshing, as was her refusal to back off from the mystery. As the first in a series, it is a great opener and I look forward to reading more to come. 

In short: Cozy Crime with some up to date truths.
About the Author

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 which you can find here.

You can also follow Alice here: FacebookTwitter

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Alice Castle and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Check back on 22nd July for a Book Spotlight on The Girl in the Gallery and don't forget to check out the rest of the tour!

Giveaway (UK only)

Win signed copies of Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery (UK Only) To enter, just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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  1. Hi Marianne, thanks so much for your lovely review, so glad you enjoyed Death in Dulwich and I hope you’ll like Beth’s next outing in The Girl in the Gallery even more :)


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