Hey guys! 🙂
This is my stop on the ‘Revenge on the Rye’ blog tour! I haven’t yet read any other book of this series (this is the fifth book), but it was absolutely enjoyable to read in itself. I still decided to read the other four books. And that must mean something good, right? There was nothing I couldn’t understand this way, but the book raised my interest in what had previously happened. And how.
So..let’s dive in!
About the Book
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.
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.
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My e-copy of this book was provided by Rachel’s Random Resources. (Thank you very much! It’s nice being part of the tour.) As I said, I haven’t read any of the previous books in the London Murder Mystery series, but they sounded intriguing, and I was told they could be read as standalone, so I went for it. (It was totally worth it by the way!)
I can’t believe I haven’t even heard of this series before! This book was well-written and I enjoyed it very much!
The upper-class London background was very atmospherically drawn, and what actually surprised me was that I liked reading Beth’s thoughts and worries about her everyday life (like her son’s schooling) and not just about the mystery. It somehow made the story and the character more…real. I have to admit that all this environment and characters were a bit too snobbish for my taste, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. I’m also not a hundred percent okay with the main female characters’ relationships with their men (their thinking patterns and general attitude/approach to the men, I mean), but that might be because I don’t get everything about those relationships because of the previous books. And even if that’s not the reason, it’s (sadly) way too realistic, so I’ll let it slide.
And how could I not talk about the pets? The sweet and old Colin, the little crazy pup Teddy, and Magpie, such an adorably typical cat! I loved them so much! Actually I think they’re my favorite characters. At first I had a bit of a trouble with Beth’s thoughts about both dogs, though I get that she’s a cat-person, and the point is that she’s about to warm up to dogs. And it is hard for her. I did think she’s pretty mean about them, but then she really seemed to change her mind, and that I found to be a very nice development of character, so at the end of the day, it did turn out to be a positive thing.
Story-wise I’d say this was a pretty predictable (for me, at least), but very well built-up mystery. If the other books in the series are like this, I’ll enjoy reading them all very much!
Let’s Give It A Grade!
- Story: 4/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Style: 4/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA: 4
I can’t really think of a thing that separates this book from the others in the genre, or in general, but what I can say with honesty is that it is among the better ones! And that’s pretty good.
Lovers of cozy mystery. And those who like upper-class settings.
…a Cosmopolitan? Maybe.
‘Perfect Day’. The BBC various artists cover version.
I want to read all books in the series!!
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