Alice Castle: The Body In Belair Park

Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of The Body In Belair Park as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.


A dead Bridge player. A determined mother. A new case…

Beth Haldane is on the verge of having everything she’s ever wanted. Her son is starting secondary school, her personal life seems to have settled – even her pets are getting on. Then the phone rings.

It’s Beth’s high-maintenance mother, Wendy, with terrible news. Her bridge partner, Alfie Pole, has died suddenly. While Beth, and most of Dulwich, is convinced that Alfie has pegged out from exhaustion, thanks to playing with Wendy for years, Beth’s mother is certain that foul play is afoot.

Before she knows it, Beth is plunged into her most complicated mystery yet, involving the Dulwich Bridge Club, allotment holders, the Dulwich Open Garden set and, of course, her long-suffering boyfriend, Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Harry York.

The case stirs up old wounds which are much closer to home than Beth would like.

Can she come up trumps in time to stop the culprit striking again? Or does the murderer hold the winning hand this time?

The London Murder Mysteries series is another series that I can’t believe has progressed so quickly. I always jump at the chance to take part in the blog tours for these books and The Body In Belair Park did not disappoint. I loved the opportunity to catch up with Beth Haldane, particularly as her son, Ben, begins life at his new school. Her family life, especially now she has adopted Colin the Labrador, always provides some lighter moments among the crime and although I am not a parent myself, I found Beth’s character and the competition she feels with the school mums really relatable.
We know from previous books in the series that Beth finds her mum, Wendy, a bit of a handful. However, in The Body In Belair Park  we get to know her a little better, and I really enjoyed this. Her penchant for Bridge does add humour, but also helps to address the issue of loneliness. The members of the Bridge Club clearly enjoy the chance to mix with others and their attendance forms an important part of their weekly routine. I can’t pretend that the rules or etiquette made any sense to me though!
The investigation in The Body In Belair Park does take some time to grow legs, but nevertheless I was intrigued by who the murderer was  I found the method, when it was eventually revealed, to be quite innovative and I loved the way it brought other parts of the series together.

The Body In Belair Park is available from Amazon.

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