- File Size: 475 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979398925
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (December 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076ZJHFGG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Girl in the Gallery (The London Murder Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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The story opens with Beth Haldane visiting her absolutely favourite place - the local art gallery. However, among the beautiful paintings Beth discovers more than she bargained for and so once again becomes embroiled in another mystery. A young girl is left barely alive and nobody seems to be looking for her. This book sees Beth thrown together once again with Inspector Harry York who is struggling to determine who the girl in the gallery is, the reason for the way she was displayed and just who could carry out such a heinous act. He begins to lean on Beth's sleuthing skills more and more, opening up to her despite knowing that she probably shouldn't be part of an official investigation. Each time the pair think they've solved one aspect of the case, other clues leave them feeling lost once again and doubting that they will ever get to the bottom of the case. Both see a different side to each other the longer they become involved in the case.
If you like a good old mystery then I'd recommend this book. Set in Dulwich in London, Alice Castle has created a wonderful cast of characters with very interesting back stories. Some of the residents of Dulwich appear to live in their own little universe, oblivious to the real world. They feel they are almost untouchable. After all, this is Dulwich! Real life doesn't happen here! Crime doesn't happen here! Love it! Even the exclusive schools spend more time thinking about their reputations than their duty of care to the pupils.
The book is well paced to make you want to rush through it to find out what on earth has been going on. Alice Castle writes beautifully and draws the reader into the story without overloading them with too much information. Its a book with some good old fashioned twists, turns and dead end clues. Some sensitive issues are touched upon in the book and done very well to highlight such issues as social media dangers and body image problems. The author has managed to draw attention to the horrors that can befall even the most privileged. Its an easy read and perfect for snuggling up on the sofa on a horrible rainy night.
Beth was a single mom who just got out of a hairy situation and is in a new one. This time though she has someone to help her. She turns to Detective York. And things for both of them get interesting. York finds Beth to be a great partner and we see a bit of attraction between them as well as two who work together to figure out the mystery surrounding the girls.
Alice Castle writes a good old fashioned mystery. Where gossip helps reveal things, detective work uncovers clues and a young woman is in the thick of the mystery without trying. the writing is alluring and the story entertaining. It definitely is a story that has you become a detective as well as it draws you in with Beth’s infectious curiosity and Detective York’s determination to find the truth as he races against time to help one girl and has more secrets and girls harmed and in danger in the process. What is the danger? Well it is multi-faceted as is the story that Alice Castle has weaved for us. She trickles clues and theories into the story seamlessly that it keeps us piqued. At times there is some information to me that wasn’t needed but it doesn’t detract from the story or plot in anyway.
Beth and Detective York really are likeable and smart characters. They show gumption, smarts and tenacity. They are also compassionate and nice. Watching them work together and interact with one another as they figure out what is happening at the school and these girls is really fascinating. So is seeing Beth and her friend Katie find things out without trying. Their friendship is sweet and precious.
The story is engaging and truly grabs you from the beginning by putting you into the mystery and having you try to figure out what is happening but also having you decipher what is a clue and what is important while shuffling to figure out the mystery. It is lighthearted in some of it’s ways of showing the community, highlights some serious issues that occur in social media image and body issues that teens face but also has the right twists to keep you off balance and on your toes.
Beth, a widow and a single mom, works in an art museum and lives in a world very much like the rest of us. Managing children while working, worrying that our children are getting the proper education, and fighting to stay away from the ridiculous gossip that still goes on today.
While I mentioned that I loved words, I am also a big lover of the rhythm of reading. I think good books have a rhythm and a flow that keeps you reading as smoothly as possible, right to the end. Somehow this delightful book with all of its words never broke my rhythm. I loved it and read it in two or three days because I couldn’t put it down. This is the second book in a series called “The London Murder Mysteries”. Book 2 can easily stand alone as a good read but...we should make sure we read Book 1 and hope for Book 3.
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