Sunday, 19 August 2018

Calamity in Camberwell by Alice Castle @DDsDiary #BlogTour @rararesources #Giveaway #Review

 I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for Calamity in Camberwell by Alice Castle as part of the blog tour today. Also don't forget to check out the fab giveaway but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

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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I have really been enjoying The London Murder Mysteries series each book has had a brilliant mystery just waiting for Beth to come along to help solve the case. Just like the other books I would class this book as a cosy style read but there is so much more to this story and this series that I love. Even though it isn't as dark as some other mystery books there are some darker issues explored but it all works well as nothing is shown just hinted at in a sensitive way.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is Beth as she is such a brilliant character and I think in this story we get to know her even better. I always find Beth pretty relatable she is trying to juggle her life the best she can and in this book there is an added pressure as she is a little unsure about what to do for the best in regards to her son and his education. As usual Beth finds herself tangled up in a situation and it always feels as if you are experiencing everything with Beth, it's great playing detective right alongside her! 

There is humour in Alice Castle's writing that makes her books very engaging and it is very easy to be drawn into the drama that surrounds Beth and her friends. I will say that there is more personal side to the story than what I have seen before in the other books as she looks to the future and maybe even thinking about the possibility of romance! When I look back and think of the other books they all have a slightly different feel to them which I guess keeps this series fresh and fun. The plot moves at a good pace it does have a more slower build up to the actual crime but add in a few twists and turns and it really makes for an enjoyable read!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.

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: 
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She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

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  1. I always love visiting your blog - especially when you’re giving one of my books a great review! Thanks so much for your thoughtful and perceptive comments. Watch out for Beth’s next adventure, Homicide in Herne Hill - she’ll need all the help she can get!!

    1. Thank you, I'm always happy to feature you on my blog! Can't wait for the next book x :)