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Summary

Date with Mystery is the third crime caper in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective series. 

Detective Samson O'Brien is ready to settle down to a nice cup of tea, but it's not long before he's called on for help with a new case. 

In order to execute a recent will, solicitor Matty Thistlethwaite requires a copy of a death certificate for a young woman who died when Samson was a child. It should be straightforward, but things in Bruncliffe rarely are. Particularly when Matty insists that Delilah Metcalfe, with her wealth of local knowledge, works alongside Samson on the sensitive investigation. 

As Samson and Delilah combine forces yet again, before long they are embroiled in untangling a mystery that has lain at the heart of the town for decades. A mystery that some would prefer remained buried.... 

©2017 Julia Chapman (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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propelled through the story with what happens next

the character of samson is someone you champion and empathise with. The story just builds and builds just loved it and cant wait for the next

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Another good romp

This was almost up to the usual enjoyable mix of mystery and murder amongst Yorkshire characters in a close knit community. Samson and Delilah going from strength to strength. However they took a little long time to figure out what was fairly obvious.

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Absolutely brilliant

Absolutely brilliant and can't wait to get the next book. Well worth listening to and keeps you wanting more

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Book 3 , a good follow up

The continuing story of the Dales Detective Agency, good story with twists that surprise

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Lots of potential but some big disappointments

I was looking for an alternative to the Cherringham Mysteries, easy listening and engrossing if unchallenging and the plots of The Dales Detective Agency series are just that, BUT....I was irritated by the descriptions of the main female character and some of her habits, they are utterly outdated and toxic.

She is frequently described punching, hard, the male character "with her characteristic right hook" whenever they are in disagreement. Really? There is absolutely no need of this and I am surprised and disappointed that an editor would let this needless violence remain in a novel written in the last couple of years. It's absolutely pathetic and totally irrelevant to the story. Imagine reading a story where the violence is the other way round? Horrific, but this is just as horrible.

The only woman I have ever known do this was mentally unstable and caused great upset to her male colleagues with her not so "playful" punching as they could not respond in any way other than by trying to laugh it off despite being caused pain and distress. It's an horrific form of bullying.

From the constant references to them, It would seem that the "justification" for the punching are the main female's position in a family with five older brothers. They are, with one exception, all tall and powerful and it is implied that she has has always had to hold her own, physically. Well, they are all grown up professionals now and it's unbelievable that this would still manifest with physical violence. Her (lack of) height is frequently referenced, especially in comparison to theirs and she is treated as a child despite being a divorcee, business and homeowner in her mid twenties. She is still seeking the approval of her older brothers - eye roll. It's very wearing. She is shown as childlike and in need of male protection despite being extremely capable herself. One example - she is given a lift on a motorbike by her male colleague, her older brother shouts at him for risking her life as the weather isn't particularly great although not awful either, the colleague "accepts responsibility" for putting her at risk (she wasn't at risk) while she stands there like a dummy! She's an adult, it's pathetic. It also makes it creepy that the colleague fancies her and notices her "curves" which she is utterly unaware of - yet another stretch too far for the imagination. She is an adult and knows she has gone through puberty!

Aside from the ridiculousness of her being depicted as a man punching, totally unaware, woman/child the plots are good and not completely predictable with some interesting twists.


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Outstanding - yet again

A great series - I could not recommend highly enough. Fun , excellent characterisation and great narration

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Easy to get lost in!

I have listened to all three of these books now and find they are constantly improving. They have a good plot, good characterization and beautiful descriptions of the Yorkshire Dales. I must admit, I will be very glad when Samson gets this London business sorted as it is definitely a black cloud hanging over each next installment and I really would like things to move on a bit with Delilah! Well read and easy to listen to. Very much looking forward to the next one.....

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Good story but read in order

Good read but the only problem is it is a serial. If you do not read in the published it can spoil and confuse.