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Death in Dulwich

(London Murder Mystery #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Whispering Stories
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beth Haldane’s first day at her new job working as an assistant archivist at the prestigious Wyatts Private School hasn’t gotten off to the best start. After finding herself stuck in a room with no windows for three hours waiting for her boss, she decides to go and look for him. She eventually finds him but not quite how she was expecting. Dr. Alan Jenkins the senior archivist at the school is lay behind the bins, dead. It looks like he has bee
DJ Sakata
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The spring sunshine glinted off perfectly tousled blonde hair and the equally shiny metal clasps of a new handbag, the size of a well-fed toddler. Beth raised her eyebrows at Katie. That bag must have cost more than her monthly mortgage payment.

Dr Grover was famously married to a willowy actress– the only factor that kept most of Dulwich’s divorcees at bay. But when had being married ever stopped people? True, if it ever got out, there would be a fuss; not least from the disappoi
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, 2018
4 Cozy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fun very readable cozy mystery... set in the uppercrust community of Dulwich... where your child’s success is based on how many instruments they are learning to play and how many hours of tutoring/coaching they have per week.... glad to see Americans aren’t the only ones to go a little overboard on this, and I am as guilty as anybody else! The author did a wonderful job of drawing a picture of this community I could just picture it... I could just feel the judgment,
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I am crazy about this series! What, What! I really enjoy books based in London even there’s some nasty murder to go with it. I also love that the sleuth was a single mom battling issues that us moms can relate to.                        I also can see why reviewers are saying she’s the modern Miss Marple and have even compared her to one of my all time favorites, Stephanie Plum!!! 
There wasn’t loads of gore and violence in these novels, just great murder mysteries that are sure to captivate
Roland Clarke
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

The descriptive opening with its Dulwich setting and the centuries-old school swept me into a change of reading direction. I tend to read more hard-boiled mysteries, but when a cozy grabs my attention like Death in Dulwich, I am hooked.

Single-mum Beth Haldane did more than that. She’s both a determined and an amusing protagonist whose priority is her son. But stumbling over a murder victim on her first day at a new job adds to her impressive daily juggling. She realises that she is a prime suspe
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a somewhat languid read for a mystery murder book.

Our heroine starts a new job only to discover the body of her boss at lunchtime. Needless to state, she sets about solving the murder on her own despite the ongoing police investigation.

The writing is readable, and there are minimal proofing errors, although there are a couple of inconsistencies in the story.

What it lacked was any sort of pacing or tension, and characterisation was weak. We had the ever-smiling supportive friend, a wood
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the village of Dulwich. Where appearances matter a great deal. From wonderfully maintained homes to the yummy-mummies at the school gates and children with a multitude of extra-curricular activities that will surely catapult them into a future that holds big mansions, flashy cars and lots of money and status.

How inconvenient then that Beth Haldane, on her first day at a new job, should find a dead body near the bins on the playground of the top local school, Wyatt’s. Since Beth has no
Grace J Reviewerlady
Widowed Beth Haldane lives with her young son in the much-coveted village of Dulwich where yummy mummies are the order of the day. Beth has no time for such idleness as she strives to earn enough to keep herself and Ben above the breadline. A temporary job of assistant archivist at the posh school of Wyatt’s is a godsend to her – little did she know what she was letting herself in for! The story which follows is compelling reading once you begin – who can she trust and, more pertinently, add to ...more
Kath Middleton
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth’s first day in her new job as archivist at Wyatt’s school is memorable for the wrong reason. Her immediate superior Dr Jenkins, the senior archivist, sees her into her office then disappears for the morning. She goes for lunch and finds him dead. Both Beth and Detective Inspector York are determined to find out who killed him. The case is surprisingly not straight forward. Nobody liked Dr Jenkins and the delightful village of Dulwich is quite put about.

Beth is intelligent and curious. She t
I really loved the setting as described- the fabulous old school of Wyatt’s with its stunning architecture, as privileged as you could ever get and then the author comes to describe the location of the (no spoilers) action at the beginning of the novel. That description prompted the first laugh of the story, and I found a good few more. If you want a quick entertaining read that’s a cosy murder mystery, then Death in Dulwich will tick the boxes but you’ll have to add a few more because Beth is a ...more
Elite Group
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Life in yummy-mummy land

Beth Haldane has landed a job against all the odds as assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, the most sought-after independent secondary school in Dulwich. She is a widow who struggles to bring up her son, Ben, after her husband’s untimely, early death. Life is tough and although she feels there must have been other, more highly-qualified, applicants for the job she is hardly going to turn down this life-saving opportunity.

Her intention to investigate who else applied for the jo
Katharine Johnson
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must for lovers of cosy crime fiction. Widowed single mum Beth Haldane gets a job as an archivist in a prestigious school in aspirational Dulwich Village. But her first day doesn’t quite go according to plan and that’s putting it mildly – she discovers the body of her boss who has been brutally murdered. Aware that she must be one of the suspects she sets out to unmask the murderer. This is a good old-fashioned whodunnit with a great cast of characters. Beth felt absolutely real and was very e ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beth Haldane is a single mum, just about scraping by after the death of her husband trying to provide for her nine year old son Ben. She lives in the affluent Dulwich Village, surrounded by yummy mummies with far too much time on their hands. When she’s offered an archivist assistant job at Wyatt’s, a much sort after boys school in the area, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her on the first day she finds her boss, Dr Jenkins dead.

Feeling that she’s the only suspect, she embarks on find
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

As regular Literary Flits readers will probably have spotted, I am not a frequent reader of cosy mysteries, but I was particularly attracted by the striking monochrome and red covers of Alice Castle's London Murder Mysteries series. I'm very glad that I was! Having enthusiastically devoured Death In Dulwich during a single afternoon and evening, I am now looking forward to returning to Beth Haldane's company for The Girl In The Gallery.

Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Death in Dulwich is a good introduction to this cozy crime series. Beth is a character I liked, she was shown to be independent, with a slightly sarcastic opinion on some of the people she met and especially of life in Dulwich. I don’t know the area at all but I can imagine that there are plenty of areas like it. Her new job is one that I would love, I would have the time of my life in that poky, untidy little office! Finding a body, not so much.
It is cozy crime but there is a darker thread to
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An easy read, however not a mystery series I will continue with. Do not quite know how to describe it, almost a DNF.
Lis Carey
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, mystery, fiction
Beth Haldane, single mom getting by on freelance work, has landed the job of assistant archivist at swank local school Wyatt's. With her training mostly in journalism, she's not sure she's really up to it, but she was honest in the application process, and they've hired her. In addition to stabilizing their financial situation, she hopes it will eventually mean her son, Ben, will have a better chance at getting into this excellent school when the time comes.

She's hoping for a really good first d
Cathy Ryan
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was Beth Haldane’s first day in a new job as assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, the highly regarded, impressive and most sought after school in the area. Beth is very grateful, even though it’s a temporary position, for the chance to allay some of her money worries. Since being widowed several years earlier, her son Ben is her number one priority and it’s been a struggle for her to make ends meet. But she’s determined and optimistic, despite some sleepless nights.

Beth’s day doesn’t exactly g
Denise Bonham
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant first crime novel.
Great characters and plot.
Can't wait to read more.
Kay D. Deely
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Deserved

I really enjoyed this book. The main character was very likeable and well thought out. The ending was a total surprise.
Susan Roebuck
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's murder involved but Death in Dulwich is a great read for a rainy day in front of the fire. Beth, the main character, is a gentle, intelligent and lovely single-mother to a typical nine-year old boy (who tells her that his school projects are due that day at six in the morning), and she's determined to find the killer of the Archivist at the school she's just started working for. Red herrings are dotted tantaslisingly about, leading the reader to one possible conclusion after another. Bet ...more
Isabella May
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eloquently written, edge-of-the-seat, hygge-style crime mystery! I absolutely loved this book and it has been a joy to get lost in Beth Haldane's world (along with her Shetland pony-esque fringe) this week. Alice transports the reader to the upper middle class echelons of Dulwich with the most vivid and witty observations, and courtesy of the most believable characters. You really will be chopping and changing your mind as to whodunit several times throughout, feeling quite torn because you w ...more
Katherine Sunderland

This book was a very enjoyable read with a great mixture of mystery and humour. I enjoyed the modern day setting and the location of the novel and I really enjoyed the main character Beth. It's extremely easy to read and a great book for the winter evenings that will soon be approaching!

This is a perfect cozy crime novel. It has all the conventions and traits that the reader wants from a cozy crime novel but with added appeal that it is set in contemporary London. Beth is a single parent tryin
Emma-louise Hamilton
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, small towns. Everyone knows everything about everybody. Except when they don't.

Murder in Dulwich means secrets in Dulwich and secrets mean that someone needs to investigate. In Alice Castle's new London Murder Mystery series, that someone is Beth, mother, journalist, odd-jobber and, suddenly, amateur investigator.

What's it about?

Meet Beth Haldane, thirty-something single mum. She's delighted to land a job as an archivist at local posh school, Wyatt's, but her first day is rather spoiled by h
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book reviews on

Death in Dulwich is a sweet, enjoyable read which makes a refreshing change from the darker, more violent crime novels I often read. It combines all the elements of a cozy mystery that you’d expect (if you’re not familiar with the term, I’ll attempt to sum up some of the sub-genre’s tropes for you: amateur sleuths; small, countryside or isolated settings; and a lack of real violence portrayed, or at least not explicitly – often if there is any, it’s inferred).
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, tbc, 2019
Murder in Yummy Mummy-land.
This book has entertained me through several hours of driving and housework. It was well written and well paced and I loved the picture the author painted of up-market Dulwich, with its Yummy Mummies and valuable real estate.

Beth Haldane is a young mum whose husband had sadly, died young. She has one son, Ben, still in primary school, and has just landed herself the job of archivist at the prestigious secondary school, Wyatt's. Her boss turns out to be a lecherous old
Rachel (Rae)
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The whole story was really enjoyable and this has a lot to do with Beth's character I thought she was brilliant. Especially how she decides to do her own bit of sleuthing to find out who the killer is. Beth is strong and resilient especially as she has her son to raise on her own. So when she starts her new job at Wyatt's everything finally starts slotting into place until she finds herself in a very dangerous situation. I thought her determination to discover the truth was brilliant even when a ...more
Charles Ray
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The little community of Dulwich, where families strive to get their children into the best schools, and home of Wyatt Academy, is, as its name implies—dull. But, for Beth Haldane, a single mom who has just been hired as assistant archivist at Wyatt, it’s not only a way to supplement her freelance income, but home. Dull becomes deadly, though, when, on her first day at the new job, Beth stumbles across the body of her new boss, stabbed to death in an isolated area of the prestigious school. Now, ...more
Miriam Drori
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It has all the characteristics of a typical cosy crime novel. An ordinary woman happens to find herself involved in a murder mystery and decides to investigate on her own, despite warnings from the police to back off. There are plenty of suspects and no reason to suspect anyone in particular, until the end.

What makes this novel stand out is the writing. I love the humour with its acute observations, and the flowing, easy-to-read style.

Skimming the previous reviews, I gather t
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, arc
Life in Dulwich is far from Dull for our main character Beth. Living in the idyllic village of Dulwich with its prestigious Wyatt's school , where yummy mummies and 4x4 cars rule is a far cry from Beth who is a widow and single mother. She recently got a job at Wyatt's School as an archivist, but on her first day things take a turn in the worst possible way! Her mentor Dr Jenkins who she has only met, turns up dead behind the bins around the back of the school! And Beth is a suspect since she di ...more
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Alice Castle lives in South London with her two children and two cats. She was a feature writer on the Daily Express for many years and has written for most other national newspapers. She has a degree in Modern History from St Andrews University, is the British Royalty expert for Flemish TV, and lived in Brussels for nearly a decade. Her first novel, Hot Chocolate, sold out in two weeks and her se ...more

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