Let's welcome Alice Castle, who is here to discuss her latest in the fabulous Death in Dulwich series, "Calamity in Camberwell".
Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK national newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.
Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, is available to pre-order now and will be published on 13th August, with Homicide in Herne Hill following ion 3rd October2018. Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure, Revenge on the Rye. It will feature Beth Haldane, DI Harry York, a mysterious artist, an ageing Labrador, and an out-of-control cavapoo puppy.
Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Blurb for Calamity in Camberwell
Beth Haldane, SE21's answer to Miss Marple, worries she is losing a kindred spirit when her friend Jen, the only other single mum in the playground, suddenly gets remarried and moves to nearby Camberwell.
Soon Beth has to face much more pressing fears. Has something gone horribly wrong with Jen's marriage? What is her new husband really up to? Why is her daughter leading Beth's son astray? And where on earth IS Jen anyway?
As Beth's friends push her to start dating again, Beth turns to Met Police DI Harry York for help. But will they solve the mystery in time, or will it turn out that in south east London, not everyone gets to live happily ever after?
Q and A
Q. Calamity in Camberwell is the third in the London Murder Mystery series – do you have to have read the others to enjoy it?
A. Not at all, you can read Calamity in Camberwell as a stand-alone cozy crime murder mystery – but I’m hoping you’ll get hooked and want to read the others, too.
Q. Does it get easier to write whodunits as you go along?
A. I wish! I seem to be making the plots more elaborate for each book as I write it. If only I could just have one suspect and a nice, blunt instrument – but Beth, my single mum amateur sleuth heroine, seems to like life to be a bit more complicated than that.
Q. Do you enjoy the writing process?
A. I’d say it’s a love-hate thing. I need to write, and if I don’t have an outlet, I find myself writing incredibly long shopping lists or endless emails to friends. I definitely need an outlet. Though, of course, as soon as I have a book on the go, and a looming deadline, I can find a million ways to prevaricate.
Q. Do you have any pre-writing rituals?
A. Yes, and they are getting more arcane book by book. I now have to play a hand of computer bridge and do a crossword before I can settle down to write.
Q. Are there any more adventures coming up for Beth?
A. Yes, the fourth Beth book, Homicide in Herne Hill, will be published on 3rd October and sees Beth moonlighting in a solicitor’s office, in pursuit of a suspect, and I’ve just started writing the fifth in the series, Revenge on the Rye, involving murderous dog walkers and dishonest artists.
Calamity in Camberwell buy links: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DP3KG84?tag=geolinker-21
Launch date – the book is available to pre-order NOW but is published on 13th August 2018
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Alice is also a parent blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com
Links to buy first two books in the London Murder Mystery series: http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery http://www.myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich. Previous novel: http://www.myBook.to/HotChocolate
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