Review: ‘Homicide in Herne Hill’, by Alice Castle

Homicide in Herne Hill Cover

Publication Date: 3rd October 2018

Published By: Crooked Cat Books

Format: Kindle and Paperback

I.S.B.N.: 9781724129325

Price: 99p (Kindle); £6.99 (Paperback)










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 and her boss, but the yummy mummies of Dulwich, too, Beth is about to find out just how far some people will go to keep up appearances.

Join Beth in this fourth instalment in the London Murder Mystery series for her toughest case yet.

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There’s a chance to win a signed copy of the book at the bottom of the post.

My Review

I received a copy of this ebook from the author via the blog tour organiser in return for an honest review.

Beth Haldane agrees to help her new friend Nina with a little mystery over the school Christmas holidays, meanwhile someone is poisoning animals in Dulwich and Herne Hill. When Beth finds her temporary employer dead, the two plots collide.

Alice Castle delivers another enjoyable cosy mystery in time for Christmas. With a witty eye for social commentary and fun characters, this novel is enjoyable and gripping. A pleasant way to pass a winter weekend, I particularly enjoyed Nina’s mangled version of cliche’d sayings and Beth’s struggle with her middle-class judgementalism as Nina feeds their sons oven chips and crisps, lets the boys watch cartoons, and swears liberally. Nina’s cosy maisonette and openness contrast with the big, cold houses of the yummy-mummy set, hiding behind facades of expensive clothes and social selectiveness.



Author Bio –

acbBefore turning to crime, Alice Castle had a long career as a feature writer on national newspapers including the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Alice grew up in south London and, after a brief stint in Brussels (where her first novel, Hot Chocolate, is set) she is back where she belongs, dreaming up adventures for her heroine, amateur detective and single mum Beth Haldane.

Alice is married with two children, two stepchildren and two cats.

Find out more about her London Murder Mystery series on her website, Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 by Crooked Cat Books and was #1 in the Amazon Satire/Detective charts in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. The Girl in the Gallery came out in December 2017 and the third in the series, Calamity in Camberwell, was published on 13th August 2018. Revenge on the Rye will follow in 2019, with more books in the pipeline.

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