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Death in Dulwich

The London Murder Mysteries, Volume 1
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Summary

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the Yummy Mummies of SE21. Join Beth in the first book of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

©2017 Alice Castle (P)2019 Alice Castle

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An enjoyable murder mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. it kept me hooked until the end. The writing is intelligent and the characters completely believable. I did not guess who the murderer was until the end, and the journey to this point is utterly pleasurable.
The narration is delightful, the narrator well spoken and her voice a joy to listen to.

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Fun cosy crime

The story was good and the narrator kept the tempo really well.
But I’ve got to confess the main character just irked me. I know there are people like this, helpers, got to be in the middle etc but she just drove me to distraction at times through the story.
But it’s not a complaint as such as I did enjoy the storyline & would listen to more.

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A classic

If I were writing a travel guide to Dulwich it would definitely read “stunning but deadly”, I found this story a cosy crime with black undertones.

I enjoyed the premise of this book, a poor unsuspecting single mum dropped in the deep end of, at the beginning not sure what

I loved our heroine Beth a perfectly normal down to earth women who through terrible secrets and lies did her very best and shined through,

I loved all the characters each had their own quirks and quirky personalities, made me actually google Dulwich.

The plot was believable, ive never lived in a village like it but I can easily believe such things go on from the perfect privet headges to the yummy mummies all trying to get one over on each other.

I liked how it wasn’t quickly wrapped up in a neat little bow but kept you guessing all the way to the end, I like a cosy mind bender and this was defiantly a modern day Miss Marple but with less frillyness.

Our storyteller for this slice of cosy suburban mystery is Alex Lee a new name to me but one I am very keen to hear more from, told the story at a good pace and her voice is very easy to listen to, (maybe back for book two?).

If you want to give your brain and nerves a rest from bloody deaths and psychological games, I recommend this for something that little bit different.

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pleasant easy read.

A pleasant easy read, ideal for holidays or lazy Sunday afternoons or even on a bus journey to work.

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Witty cosy mystery

Single mother Beth Haldane lives in Dulwich, a place full of yummy mummies with handbags ‘the size of a well fed toddler’, who measure their child’s success by the number of instruments they play. She starts a new job as assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, a posh private school. Her boss, after a brief hello, leaves her alone, and after several hours she goes in search of lunch and finds his body. Soon, in the great tradition of cosy mysteries, Beth decides to play amateur detective to find the murderer and clear her own name

Death in Dulwich is a classic cosy mystery with a contemporary setting. The story is told mainly from Beth’s point of view, and I loved her and her observations of life in Dulwich. I enjoyed Ms Castle’s witty narrative and there were several laugh out loud one-liners. We didn’t get to know too much about DI Harry York, the detective in charge of the case but I have a feeling he will appear in future books in the series. I soon found myself totally absorbed in the story and found myself still awake at 2am so I could finish. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series.

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An Entertaining Read

Death in Dulwich is an entertaining read. Single mother Beth is delighted when she is offered the post of Assistant Archivist at the prestigious Wyatts school but her delight turns to dismay when she finds a dead body on her first day. Realising that the person to discover a body is often the prime suspect Beth decides to do some sleuthing to clear her name. Her investigations uncover the guilty secrets of the victim and the school and Beth narrowly avoids becoming the murder’s next victim. Set against the back drop of yummy mummies who have to buy their Waitrose shopping on the internet or heaven forbid venture into Camberwell the story has many humorous moments. I look forward to Volume 2.

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good fun cosy murder mystery

Death in Dulwich is the first book in Alice Castle’s London Murder Mystery series. I brought the kindle version last year but hadn’t had the chance to read it yet. I was therefore grateful to be given the chance of a free copy of the audio version in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good crime novel and, although my tastes are more towards the darker end of the spectrum, I really enjoyed this cosy offering.

The main character Beth is really likable, and you really get to care for her and starting routing for her as she tries to uncover the murderer. The book is laced with gentle humour, mainly at the expense of the Yummy mummies who loiter around the school gates of Dulwich! There are twists and turns aplenty with lots of red herrings and the solution is satisfying.

I did enjoy the narration although I felt that Alex Lee’s voice wasn’t quite suited to the story, with the main character being in her early 30s—but once I got used to the rather ‘jolly hockey sticks’ delivery it didn’t bother me and I enjoyed her reading.

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  • TG
  • 04-02-19

Cozy mystery

A cosy mystery. An light, easy listen and the narrators voice is lovely. Not too many red herrings, a quite straight forward who-dunnit. An enjoyable listen. I look forward to more character depth in the following books.

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Witty cosy crime mystery.

Set in the privileged area of Dulwich, London, this debut novel is engaging and well crafted. It concerns the murder of an unpleasant archivist at a local private school. Discovering his body on her first day as junior archivist, Beth Haldane turns private investigator to try and solve his murder.
I enjoyed this book and the way the author gently pokes fun at the yummy mummies at the school gates, with their designer bags, oversized 4x4s and grim determination to get their offspring through the entrance exams for the private school come hell or high water.
I liked the title of the book and it’s cover, but wasn’t so keen on the narrator, although she didn’t put me off wanting to finish the book. I would happily read further books in the series.

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  • Beatrice
  • 27-01-19

Boring

The story and characters are flat. I tried to get through it but eventually gave up and returned it. The narrator is it's only redeeming quality. She does a good job.