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Homicide in Herne Hill

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Beth Haldane, SE21’s premier – and only – single mum amateur sleuth, is really pleased to find a new friend at the school gates, in the shape of irrepressibly bouncy Nina. As well as a way with words, Nina has a puzzle she wants Beth to solve, centred on the solicitor’s office where Nina works in Herne Hill.

But as the mystery thickens, threatening to drag in not just Nina
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2018 by Crooked Cat
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, blog-tour
Another fabulous installment in this cozy series, this time with a bit of a holiday vibe...

First of all is there anything more adorable than a children’s Christmas performance This book is seriously worth a read just for the Christmas performance alone, it brought back so many memories.... I was laughing so hard, I can definitely tell Alice Castle has been to her fair share of these wonderful performances.... however this book was so much more than just a Christmas play, it was filled with wonde
DJ Sakata
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Beth realised she had never enjoyed a Nativity so much… The Angel Gabriel was extremely reluctant to hand over the Godchild to Mary, as it was her brand new Luvabella doll playing the pivotal role. Once that tug-of-war was over, one of the Year 1 oxen bit a shepherd on the leg and the Three Wise Men got lost, their Sat Nav having apparently failed in the desert. Billy and Bobby MacKenzie, playing the role of bouncers – characters who had oddly not appeared in the original Gospels
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author, but it's the fourth one of a series. I have not read the other ones and I admit this story can be read as a stand alone, but I do regret not having read the rest. I felt like I missed a lot. Not that I could not follow, but I am talking about the life of the main character. She is such fun, that I would have liked to get to know her sooner.

It's a nice cosy mystery with a very funny amateur sleuth. She made me smile a lot.

The author did a really good job in fooling m
Steph Warren
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

The fourth in The London Murder Mysteries series, Homicide in Herne Hill, sees Beth taking on a side job to help out a friend suspicious of her boss.

Technically the story does stand alone, but the development of the characters and their relationships is better experienced by reading the books in order. For example, Harry seems
Val Penny
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Homocide in Herne Hill is the fourth book in the series written by the English author Alice Castle. I very much enjoy this series of books and find the heroine, single Mum Beth Haldane most engaging.

The author has a fine eye for observing people, noting their idiosyncrasies and reproducing them in her books. In this book we are introduced to Beth's new friend, Nina. They meet as Christmas approaches and Beth Haldane’s best friend Katie has gone away until new year leaving Beth feeling a little l
The London Murder Series by Alice Castle is quickly becoming one of my favorite series in the genre!

Beth has had a hard time recently with the events that took place in book 3, no spoilers here!!! That changes when she meets Nina, who sits next to her at a school function. She notices right away that she isn’t part of the “yummy mummy” group. She discovers that she has never enjoyed a Nativity as much as she has this one, with Nina giving her plenty of laughs. Beth thinks she could really be fri
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
So I’m a huge fan of this series having read all four of the instalments but it can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much. I will recommend that you start at the beginning because it’s such a good series!

It’s coming up to Christmas and Beth Haldane’s best friend Katie has gone away until new year leaving Beth feeling a little lonely. A chance encounter at her son Ben’s Nativity play and she meets another single mum, Nina.

Nina is the polar opposite of Katie, she’s loud, bouncy, eats p
Jessica Rachow
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Homicide in Hernie Hill is the fourth in The London Murder Mysteries series, but it does stand alone pretty well. I, however, would like to go back and read the other books because I feel like the characters and relationships would feel even more realistic if I had known them from the beginning.

That doesn’t take away from how great this story is though. This slow burn, murder mystery is tense and intriguing. I enjoyed the characters. They are real feeling, compelling and relatable. They are well
Donna Maguire

This is a really good story and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Beth is a fabulous character, well developed and I really like her. I love her personality and she suits this story so well. I have read all the books in this series so far and they have all been very enjoyable – and I would go as far as to say that I think this one is her best yet!

The plot for this one was great, well developed and it had plenty of twists to keep me engaged. The amount of detail was
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another cosy mystery from Alice Castle, enjoyable and gripping.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this, the fourth in Alice Castle's London Mysteries. It was a real pleasure to be back in Beth Haldane's world. I loved its gentle humour, the colourful characters and Beth's wry observations on the world of the "Yummy Mummies".
I am so looking forward to number five! A well plotted intelligent read.
Kath Middleton
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book (though they would all work alone) in a series by Alice Castle. The writing is funny and perspicacious, including remarks on keeping up with the yummy mummies and the problems of rearing a ten year-old boy in modern times. There’s tension between Beth and her current boy-friend (or is he yet?) Harry, the police officer and this heightens her self-doubt about snooping. Yet again she finds a body. Yet again, you know she’s too nosy but you’d be the same! I love this series. ...more
Susan Roebuck
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beth's back - such a dear heroine and (ahem) so is Harry York. Just as well, I love him. This time dogs are being poisoned in this very readable mystery. And is it only dogs? That's the question. Ms Castle has a fine eye for observing people, noting their idiosyncrasies and reproducing them in her books, producing delightful (and perhaps not so) quirky characters. This is a fine series, easily read. Each book could be read alone, but I recommend starting with Death in Dulwich.
Caroline Venables
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series and although there are references to previous cases, this can certainly be read as a standalone.
I loved how Alice describes the hierarchy of playground mum’s, I am sure lots of women reading this book will sympathise with Beth’s feeling of not being in the yummy mummy cliché.  I did smile a lot as I read about this group of women who looked far too good to be true, took their children to school in their posh cars, dressed up to the nines and ge
Joanne Cartwright
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beth does not disappoint as she blunders her way through another murder scene in the neighbourhood.
the 4th book in the series develops Beth a little further and finds her a new friend or two as well as resolving a very "will they wont they" relationship with the rather divine sounding policeman whose investigations she manages to insert herself right into the middle of every time a body drops!
The characters in the book continue to be a great read- I now feel very invested in Beths life and relat
Beccy Thompson
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the series but it really didn't affect its readability it worked well as a standalone (although I feel I've cheated myself out of a few more epic reads)
It's a lovely cozy mystery type book that you'll find yourself sniggering at even though it feels totally inappropriate to laugh!
Alice Castle weaves a cunning tale where your so busy concentrating on one thing that you totally miss connecting it all up to come up with a solution
Alice Castle is a solid contender for the qu
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Andy Thorn
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the next instalment in the story of Beth Haldane, widow, single mother and amateur sleuth. Beth is an eloquent, intelligent and witty central character and the omniscient narrator shares her thoughts as well as her actions to great effect. I love Alice Castle’s descriptive writing, detailing the minutiae of Beth’s daily life, loves, triumphs and anxieties in a spellbinding fashion. As murder mysteries go, the series remains resolutely in the cozy end of the genre with a sparing amount of ...more
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Alice Castle lives in South London with her two children, two stepchildren, two cats and her husband. 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 eight years. Her first novel, Hot Chocolate, sold ...more