Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Girl In The Gallery by Alice Castle + #Giveaway

The Girl In The Gallery by Alice Castle
Published in the UK by Crooked Cat Books in December 2017.

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £6.49 (PB)
Wordery : from £7.63 (PB)
Waterstones : unavailable
Amazon : from $1.30 / £0.99 (ebook)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…
It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery. 

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation. 

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich. 

I appreciated being able to return to Beth Haldane's Dulwich in this second volume of the London Murder Mysteries. Alice Castle again vividly evokes the affluent and entitled 'village' with its cliques and fashions. Characters such as Belinda - who must always be at the very centre of everything - are fun to read about although in this story a similarly self-proclaimed arbiter of taste performs a much more cynical function. I like how Castle engineers her stories to show both sides of a coin. The Girl In The Gallery has social media as both a benefit and an evil. The way in which the teenage group that are the story's focus are manipulated reminded me very much of another recent read - H A Leuschel's Manipulated Lives - and it was scary to see again just how vulnerable people can make themselves simply for the sake of fitting with the In Crowd.

I didn't feel that the murder plot here was quite as strong as for Death In Dulwich and I would have liked more believable policing from Harry Yorke. His role as Beth's romantic interest is still cute but I did wonder at some of his professional decisions! There were perhaps too many convenient coincidences for my taste, but overall The Girl In The Gallery is an entertaining story with a great sense of place.

Meet the author:

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK 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, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer.

Author links: 
Website ~ FacebookTwitter

And now for the Giveaway!

Win signed copies of Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery (UK Only).
Ends 30th July 2018.

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  1. That's different from what I usually read but it sounds good.

  2. I do like a good mystery. This sounds like a good series to try.

  3. You've got me curious about the first book. I am sorry this wasn't quite as strong.

    1. Death In Dulwich was so different to anything else I had read in ages that it made quite the impression :-)

  4. I think I would really like to read this one because I love social media but I can also really see how social media definitely has its pros and cons. So it would be cool to see that come out in the mystery novel. However, it sounds like the first book was definitely better for you.

    1. Girl In The Gallery certainly illustrates the darker side of social media