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Death in Dulwich

The London Murder Mysteries, Volume 1
Narrated by: Alex Lee
Series: The London Murder Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the Yummy Mummies of SE21. Join Beth in the first book of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

©2017 Alice Castle (P)2019 Alice Castle

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Boring

The story and characters are flat. I tried to get through it but eventually gave up and returned it. The narrator is it's only redeeming quality. She does a good job.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 03-07-19

cosy little murder mystery

Lovely little page turner murder mystery. Set in a posh world. I enjoyed the carachter development and the setting. Easy listening from a great reader. Highly recommend

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  • Beverley Von Allemann
  • 03-06-19

A good fun murder mystery.

I loved the Main character Beth. I found her quirky, fun and a believable self imposed sleuth. I found this an easy enjoyable listen and can’t wait to listen to my next murder mystery.

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  • Timi
  • 03-04-19

Delightful cosy crime

Death in Dulwich is a delightful cosy crime novel that I quite enjoyed listening to. It was funny with a quirky main character, who was in equal measures likeable and cringe-worthy; it really made for a pleasurable listen and a great way to make you forget about your daily problems. Although sometimes I felt like reaching out and giving the Beth a good shake as a reality check, I could definitely sympathise with her as well. Listening to the school gate politics brought back memories: having children in both elementary and secondary schools made me relate to some of the scenes for sure.
The narrator did a good job, but I must mention that she sounded much older than Beth is supposed to be, which I found somewhat confusing in the beginning.
All considered, this is a fun, easy listen that I can recommend to the fans of cosy crime fiction.

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  • Lo
  • 03-01-19

Cosy middle class mystery

I’ve read another book in the series by Alice Castle and the voice was not at all as I expected but it’s an easy listen.

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  • Jennie
  • 06-17-19

Death in Dulwich

A nice light hearted story, even though there was a murder! Made a change from my usual listen.

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 02-23-19

A cosy crime

This was an easy listen, a story which flowed along at a good pace, with some good and bad characters that were brought to life. Beth finds a murder victim on her first day at her new job and to clear her name does some investigating of her own. I liked to setting, you could just imagine the upper class area and schools , and how hard it would be to fit in and be accepted. It was a cosy crime story that kept you guessing.

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  • K. L. Sturgess
  • 02-19-19

An enjoyable murder mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. it kept me hooked until the end. The writing is intelligent and the characters completely believable. I did not guess who the murderer was until the end, and the journey to this point is utterly pleasurable.
The narration is delightful, the narrator well spoken and her voice a joy to listen to.

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  • TAF22
  • 05-25-19

An enjoyable listen

I'll start by saying this isn't my usual genre so I don't have much to compare to, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I was fully engaged with the story from the outset. A couple of serious topics were discussed in the storyline which was unexpected for my view of this genre, but they were handled well. I found the narration a little stilted, and made the protagonist sound like a child, which was grating, as I liked her. I'd definitely be happy to carry on with the series, but I may try reading rather than listening next time.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 03-13-19

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 man, unpopular amongst the other staff and seemingly lacking in social graces.
When events lead to her becoming the prime suspect in a murder, she decides the police need a bit of help, before she finds herself behind bars and her young son loses his mother.

I liked that Beth's motive for becoming a sleuth, was believable. I also identified with her as being a little out of the 'cool' group and a bit insecure. Her friend, Kate, was a great sounding block for her investigations and a good friend too.
There's a bit of a potential romance, but given that this is the first of a series, there is plenty of time for that to develop, or not.

Well read by Alex Lee, who did a good job on both male and female characters.
I look forward to reading/listening to further episodes in this series.

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  • Lovebooks
  • 02-20-19

Death in Dulwich

This light, cosy murder mystery is exactly what you can expect from the blurb. Unfortunately, I found the narrator very irritating, which somewhat spoiled the story for me. The portrayal of the life and atmosphere of a small village, relationships and attitudes of parents and staff at the selective private schools were spot on, with some sharp and witty one-liners. I would definitely read the next book in this series.