Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle. It’s released tomorrow, 6th September, and I have a great guest post to share with you, taking a look at a day in the life of the books main protagonist, Beth Haldane. First up, let’s see what this book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
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.
A Day In The LIfe – Bath Haldane
Where does she go?
My main character, Beth Haldane, always starts her day by dropping off her nine-year-old son at the Village Primary, a state school in the centre of Dulwich Village. She hangs out a bit at the school gates with the other mums, but she is secretly frightened of Belinda McKenzie, the Queen Bee mum who thinks she rules the school. Luckily, she usually bumps into her friend, Katie, who is a lovely yoga teacher and who protects her from bossy Belinda.
What does she do?
Beth spends her days trying to work really hard at her new job as the archivist at Wyatt’s School, a posh and very successful secondary school in Dulwich. Unfortunately, she’s always being interrupted by more interesting matters… like murders.
Who is she with?
Beth is spending more and more time with attractive, if grumpy, DI Harry York of the Met Police, who is beginning to rely on her for insider knowledge in what appears to be a very nasty spate of crimes in the Dulwich area.
What does she feel about that?
Beth is intelligent but self-effacing, possibly because she is very short and has had a lifetime of being patronised and even overlooked by the tall and assertive. She loves a puzzle and has a keen sense of justice.
Why does she help the police?
Beth hates to see wrong go unpunished and will never let things lie just because it’s convenient. Because she’s tiny and quite shy, people have tended to underestimate her abilities. But not for much longer!
Thanks Alice. Beth sounds like a really intriguing character. And I love the idea of a justice seeking single Mum – even if she does end up on the wrong side of the law!
If you like the sound of the book, you can pre-order a copy today from the following links.
About the Author
Alice Castle had a long career as a feature writer on national newspapers including the Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist.
After a day writing about her prime suspects, she loves nothing better than curling up with a murder mystery at night. 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 more adventures for her heroine, amateur detective and single mum Beth Haldane. She is married with two children, two stepchildren and two cats, and writes about parenting on her mummy blog, DD’s Diary http://www.dulwichdivorcee.com.
Her latest book, Death in Dulwich, is being published in September 2017 by Crooked Cat Books
Make sure to check out some of the other fab bloggers taking part in the tour. this week Thanks to Emma MItchell for inviting me to be a part of it.