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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

Revenge on the Rye by Alice Castle #Review #Giveaway #LondonMurderMysteries#5

We are returning to the London Murder Mysteries today with the 5th in the series, Revenge on the Rye. You can read a review of the 1st in the series, Death in Dulwich here , a book spotlight on the 2nd , The Girl in the Gallery, here, a review on Calamity in Camberwell, the 3rd in the series here, and a review on the 4th, Homicide in Herne Hill, here.
You can also win a signed copy of Revenge on the Rye - details on how to enter the Giveaway are at the foot of the post. 

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, thinks she is going for a carefree stroll on Peckham Rye with her best friend, Katie, and her annoying new puppy, Teddy. But before Beth knows it, she is embroiled in her most perplexing mystery yet.

Strange events from her family’s past, present-day skulduggery in the art world, and the pressures of moving school in south London threaten to overwhelm Beth. Will she be able to piece together the puzzle before her son’s crucial interview at Wyatt’s? Or will Beth’s insatiable curiosity finally drag down all her dreams for the future?

Join Beth, her irascible on-off boyfriend, Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police, and the dog walkers of Peckham Rye in a tale of murder, mayhem – and bloody revenge.

                                                                                     My Thoughts
Alice Castle is really hitting her stride with this London Murder Mystery series. She is establishing her characters, particularly Beth, and it is lovely to find out more about her growing relationship with Harry and her friendship with Katie. Katie in particularly adds a lot of humour to this book with her impersonations of famous sleuths and the canine capers which set the whole mystery off. Talking of canine capers, Colin does rather steal the show.

    It is easy to empathise with Beth as she goes through agonies over her son's forthcoming interview to Wyatt's. There is plenty of scope her for some of the more extreme mothers to show just how insecure they all are. All the wry observations on life in Dulwich are present in this novel as in its predecessors and which set it apart for me. Beth's curiosity and intelligent thinking sparkle as ever. For cosy crime with a touch of humour, this is a series to recommend.

In short: Clever writing in death strewn South London.
                                                                             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, 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, was published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Alice is currently working on the sixth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a top mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website.

You can also follow Alice here: FacebookTwitter  |  Website 

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

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Giveaway (International) 

To win a signed copy of Revenge on the Rye (Open Internationally)just follow the link below and good luck!

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  1. Hi Marianne, just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely review, I'm so glad you're enjoying the series! I'll give Colin a big pat from you :) Hope you'll like the next one too, The Body in Belair Park, coming soon x


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