The London Murder Mysteries #1 : Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @crookedcatbooks @rararesources #blogtour

It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for The London Murder Mysteries by Alice Castle. This series currently consists of two books : Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. For my stop, I’m reviewing the first one.

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Author : Alice Castle
Title : Death in Dulwich
Series : The London Murder Mysteries #1
Pages : 219
Publisher : Crooked Cat Books
Publication date : September 6, 2017

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Thirty-something single mum, Beth Haldane, has her hands full – with a bouncy young son, a haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and bills to pay. She loves her little home in plush London suburb Dulwich, but life here doesn’t come cheap.

She is thrilled to land the post of archivist at top local school, Wyatt’s, though she secretly fears she’s not up to the job. But even Beth couldn’t have imagined how badly things could go, until she discovers a hideous crime and finds herself prime suspect.

Setting out to clear her name, Beth encounters a cast of characters who will follow her through the London Murder Mystery series, proving along the way that the nicest places can hide the nastiest secrets.

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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 alibi, she worries she may end up being the prime suspect and she sets out to investigate on her own to try and find the culprit of this crime.

Beth is one of those characters you warm to from the moment you meet her. There’s something incredibly likeable about this thirty-something single mum. Thrilled as she is to land the job of assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, she also fears she’s not up to the job and wonders how on earth she got it in the first place. However, she’s determined to make a good go of it, hoping the money she earns can be put aside to give her son the best start in life.

Death in Dulwich is a wonderful introduction to a new cosy crime series. Alice Castle really brings the village to life and there is always something fun about an ordinary person finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The mystery itself kept me guessing until the end. I couldn’t at all figure out who the killer was, especially because it seemed the victim wasn’t particularly liked so the list of potential suspects was quite long.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cosy mystery.  If gore and gruesomeness isn’t quite your thing but you do like a bit of crime fiction, then this is for you. I’m sure Dulwich and its residents have many more stories to tell.

Death in Dulwich is available to buy!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

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.

Author links : Twitter

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No Remorse by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit #blogtour

It’s a real pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for No Remorse by Robert Crouch today! My thanks to Robert and Caroline Vincent for the invitation and the review copy.

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Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Remorse
Series : Kent Fisher Mysteries #3
Pages : 256
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : May 7, 2018

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An old man dead. Dementia or murder? Threats won’t stop Kent Fisher from finding out.

At luxury retirement home, Nightingales, appearance matters more than the truth. But what is the truth? Was Anthony Trimble killed as he predicted? If so, who wanted him out of the way, and why?

Kent puzzles over the only clue Trimble left him. Do the numbers come from a takeaway menu or are they a mysterious code that could reveal his darkest secret?

As Kent digs deep, people start dying.

Will Kent win the race to discover the truth, or become the next victim?

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When Kent Fisher visits the local luxury retirement home, Nightingales, he’s accosted by a man called Anthony Trimble who claims someone wants to kill him. Anthony suffers from dementia and Kent isn’t quite sure what to make of his comment. But when Anthony suddenly dies, Kent can’t help but investigate. Surely, this can’t be a coincidence? Someone would prefer Kent not sticking his nose into their business and he starts receiving threats. That won’t stop him from digging for the truth though.

What a delight it’s been catching up with Kent once again. No Remorse is the third book in the Kent Fisher mysteries and even thought it may not be entirely necessary, I would definitely recommend reading them all in order. Not only because they’re fun and entertaining, but also because the relationships between the characters and Kent’s background will make a bit more sense.

As Kent is an environmental health officer, we get a different look at what goes on in a retirement home. Nightingales is all about appearances but there seem to be a few rather fishy things going on. Kent’s investigation also leads him to interact with a few other elder village residents who may not exactly be getting the care they so deserve. It’s rather frightening and worrying sometimes.

In this story, Kent gets a lot of help from Louise, the receptionist at Nightingales. She also works as a waitress and we all know by now how much Kent likes waitresses. On top of all of that, Kent has to deal with Gemma’s engagement to Richard and there is of course still the future of his sanctuary to consider. With all of that going on and still trying to juggle his daytime job as well, it’s a miracle he doesn’t have a nap in the middle of the road, to be honest.

No Remorse has enough intrigue to keep you hooked from start to finish. This is a thoroughly entertaining, well-paced story with fun and well-developed characters, a healthy dose of humour and even a few sad moments. I couldn’t at all figure out what was going on and Robert Crouch kept me guessing until the end. Kent Fisher as an amateur detective is a breath of fresh air, making this cosy mystery series utterly enjoyable. If gore and bloody gruesomeness isn’t exactly your thing but you do like a good old-fashioned mystery, you should definitely give these a go!

No Remorse is available for purchase!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

Author links : Facebook | Twitter | Website

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No Bodies by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk @CarolineBookBit #blogtour

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It is my absolute pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for No Bodies by Robert Crouch today. Many thanks to Robert and Caroline Vincent for the opportunity and the advanced copy.

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Author : Robert Crouch
Title : No Bodies
Series : Kent Fisher Mysteries #2
Pages : 298
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : October 19, 2017

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Why would environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, show any interest in finding Daphne Witherington, the missing wife of a longstanding family friend? The police believe she ran off with Colin Miller, a rather dubious caterer, and Kent has problems of his own when a young girl who visits his animal sanctuary is rushed to hospital.

When enquiries into Colin Miller reveal a second missing wife, Kent picks up a trail that went cold over a year ago. But he’s struggling to find a connection between the women, even when he discovers a third missing wife.

Is there a killer on the loose in Downland? With no motive, no connection and no bodies, Kent may never uncover the truth.

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No Bodies is the second book in the Kent Fisher Mysteries series and if you’ve not yet read the first one, you most definitely should as events carry over and relationships have already been established. Missing out on those things may influence your reading experience. Just so you know. I truly enjoyed No Accident when I read it a while ago, but I must say that I found this one to be so much better!

Not a lot of time has passed since events in the previous book and the consequences are evident from the start. Kent’s stepmother has moved in with him after the death of her husband, his job continues to be in jeopardy, his (non-existent) love life is a mess and now people seem to think he’s some kind of super sleuth. On top of that, things take a personal turn when Kent’s beloved sanctuary is threatened due to a little girl being admitted to hospital with a case of E-Coli.

Colonel Witherington asks Kent for help in locating his missing wife. Daphne disappeared almost a year ago. The Colonel thinks she must be dead but the police think she ran off with a lover. When it becomes clear another woman went missing around the same time, Kent becomes involved in another investigation. But with no bodies, no motive and no connection between the women, can Kent solve this mystery?

No Bodies has a brilliantly executed, multi-layered and intriguing plot which had me hooked from start to finish as I found myself trying to figure out the pieces of the puzzle. This series makes such a nice change from the crime fiction I normally read. It’s not all guts and gore. In fact, there’s very little of it. Think more cosy mystery, inspired by Columbo (incidentally also the name of Kent’s dog) or Agatha Christie.

Kent is an incredibly likeable character with a delicious sense of, sometimes quite dark, humour and he makes a fabulous main character. Since Kent is an Environmental Health Officer, the things he can or can’t do are limited and his determination to get to the truth keeps getting him into trouble. He doesn’t really have much authority, carries no weapons and relies purely on his wit. It’s a breath of fresh air to solve a mystery alongside a character that isn’t your typical chain-smoking and utterly flawed detective.

I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace and if you enjoy your cosy mysteries, I have no doubt you will like the Kent Fisher Mysteries! I look forward to seeing more of Kent soon!

No Bodies is available now!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk.
Or find Robert on Twitter or Facebook.

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