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Summary

Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble.

Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat - as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's agency.

With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done....

©2016 Julia Chapman (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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good plot dales flavoured murder mystery

took a while to warm to the characters but it was a good story with a good ending and a seperate underlying mystery that i presume will be resolved in the next book. all that with a touch of romance makes this book well worth a read/listen.

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  • WA
  • 17-10-17

Date with a good book

Loved the characters and just kept listening. I was sorry when it finished. Ready to listen to more.

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Great!

This is a great light hearted crime book. It has equal measures of laughter and suspense.
It kept me guessing right until the end.
If you enjoy Agatha Raisin books you'll love this!

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  • Sheila
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  • 06-05-17

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What did you like most about Date with Death?

This is the sort of book yI like to read on a sunny Sunday afternoon, The twists and turn of the plot and characters made me want to continue to the end. You felt that you were part of the story, and were kept guessing to the end. Looking forward to book 2

What about Elizabeth Bower’s performance did you like?

She brought the characters to life and I could picture them in my minds eye along with the Dales countryside.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the 2nd book in the series to see how the characters mature.

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Date With Death Needs Part Two Now!

What did you like most about Date with Death?

An interesting modern story without the bad language, descriptive sex scenes or blood and guts so often featured in modern detective books. The story unwinds at a good pace and holds the listener's interest. The author has also managed to plant a seed of romance for us to follow by subtly weaving it into the plot. So now we just have to have book two.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story will draw you in and the hold you. Fortunately, the narrator holds up her end making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.