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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

Calamity in Camberwell by Alice Castle #3 London Murder Mysteries ** Review & Giveaway **

We are returning to the London Murder Mysteries today with the 3rd in the series, Calamity in Camberwell. You can read a review of the 1st in the series, Death in Dulwich here and a book spotlight on the 2nd ,The Girl in the Gsllery, here. There is also a chance to win a signed copy of Calamity in Camberwell. Details on how to enter this Giveaway are at the foot of this post.

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?

My Thoughts
The third in Alice Castle's London Murder Mysteries series is eminently readable and I felt as though I was coming home to a familiar scene. Beth's character is warm and engaging and I particularly enjoy her observations on life around Dulwich and its neighbouring boroughs. It is easy to feel comfortable with her as we can see her doubts and insecurities as well as her warmth and love for her son. 

    The mystery around Beth's friend, Jen and her whereabouts develops slowly, as it does for Beth. You share her doubts about certain people but there are so many other considerations for Beth- particularly her doubts about her son's tuition and Jen's thoughts on whether to start dating again. In some ways, this is a very gentle story despite some violent acts and you feel carried along. It was quite a surprise to me to suddenly realise that the book was about to end and I certainly had not seen the twist coming. I am looking forward to number 4- with Alice Castle, you are in good hands.

In short: Cozy crime behind suburban curtains.

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:

You can also follow Alice here: FacebookTwitter
                 |  Calamity in Camberwell   |  Hot Chocolate

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

Don't forget to catch up with the rest of the tour!

  Giveaway (International)

 Win a signed copy of Calamity in Camberwell. To enter, just follow the link below and good luck!

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