Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

41CYn9AM0oL._UX250_It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane sneaks off to visit one of her favourite places – the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy, Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Just who is The Girl in the Gallery?

Join Beth in adventure #2 of The London Murder Mystery series as she tries to uncover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

 

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A Darned Good Read, full of humour and red herrings! 5startr

This is the second book in the London Murder Mysteries, and the characters and locations already seem familiar and comfortable – even to someone who has never been in Dulwich!

We find Beth Haldane once again at her desk – infrequently – supposedly working on the archives of Wyatt’s and the forthcoming exhibits for the history of the school’s involvement in slavery but really her mind is, once again, on solving a mystery. She has a penchant for discovering inert bodies, despite living in a ‘better’ area of London. Coupled with looking after her son Ben, Beth has her hands full with the job, the enigmas whizzing round her head, single parenthood, and widowhood.

I love Alice Castle’s writing .. she has such an extensive vocabulary that I feel mine expanding with each novel. I expect that’s down to her journalistic background. She writes a great mystery, full of false assumptions and red herrings which all make for such a good brain work-out but such easy reads – and full of fun! I shall look sideways at those taking cod liver oil supplements from now on, that’s for sure.

I’d like to say that Beth Haldane’s relationship with Inspector Harry York developed in this second read, but I don’t ‘do’ spoilers, so you’ll just have to read this and see what you think for yourself! One thing’s for sure – you will close the book with a smile on your face and the satisfaction of all loose ends being firmly tied up. I have become a firm fan of this series and look forward to number three! Therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending this to all aficionados of a darn good read.

I received an arc from the author, which had no impact on my opinions. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: murder mystery

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 475.0 KB

Print Length: 324 pages

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Publication Date: 19 December 2017

 

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Also by Alice Castle

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2 thoughts on “Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review, Grace, you have such a natural love of books and are so good at sharing your enthusiasm. I feel very privileged that you like mine! I really appreciate the time and trouble you’ve taken, first in reading a long book, then in putting together a lovely page like this which really showcases the novel. Your picture on the right hand side above perfectly captures what I was trying to describe – I won’t say any more than that! Thank you once again and I hope you will take a trip to Dulwich and see it all for yourself one of these days. XX

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