Wednesday, August 24, 2022



Beth Haldane gets her dream job at the esteemed Wyatt’s School.  She is the school's new historian assistant.  During her lunchtime she decides to take a stroll around the beautiful grounds.  She finds the gardens of the five hundred year old school to be breathtaking, until she stumbles over the body of Alan Jenkins who happens to be her new boss.  Not exactly the first day she was hoping for.  No one knows Beth and as the newest employee she is also the number one suspect.  Beth must clear her name not only for the sake of her reputation but also for her young son attending the school.  She becomes a super sleuth and must find the killer before they can kill again.

What a wonderful and fun story.  I really enjoyed the first installment of A Beth Haldane Mystery Series.  This well written cozy mystery was enjoyable and engaging.  I was hooked from the beginning.  The characters were believable and relatable.  I loved the detailed description of Dulwich Village, and the beautiful gardens surrounding the school, which sounds like a lovely place to visit.  I love the writing style of this author as she kept me guessing until the very end.  This is such a fun read and a must read for every cozy mystery fan.  I am so happy that this is only the beginning of what I’m sure will be a wonderful series.  I highly recommend this book.

Thank you Alice Castle for such a wonderful cozy mystery series.  This is such a well written whodunnit and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Alice Castle
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 22, 2022 
Pages: 252
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Meet Dulwich Village’s most daring resident, Beth Haldane. Mother to a sweet little boy, owner of a sulky cat… and solver of mysteries?

It’s a crisp spring day in Dulwich Village when 
Beth arrives at the intricate iron gates of Wyatt’s School for her new job as the historian’s assistant. But on a lunchtime stroll admiring the pristine grounds of this five-hundred-year-old institution, Beth is shocked to stumble over the body of her new boss Alan Jenkins: spectacles askew, his mustard-yellow tweed jacket covered in blood.

Gossip about outsider Beth spreads like wildfire. The parents in the playground are all whispering: 
did she bump him off to get her hands on his job?

Desperate to clear her name and protect her own little boy, Beth turns her research skills to hunt for the true killer. She soon discovers Alan rubbed his fellow teachers up the wrong way… 
could the handsome headmaster be involved? Why did Beth see a flash of the school receptionist’s bright pink jumper at the murder scene? And what is the groundskeeper hiding?

When Beth returns from her sleuthing to find her office in disarray and documents missing from the archives, it’s clear this prestigious school hides a deadly secret. But with parents and teachers panicking that the long-protected reputation of Wyatt’s is under threat, 
will Beth herself be in the murderer’s sights before the school bell rings?

Wander down the cobbled streets of Dulwich, where nothing is as perfect as it seems! Fans of Agatha Christie, The Thursday Murder Club and Faith Martin won’t be able to put down this deliciously gripping mystery.


Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Alice is an avid reader of crime fiction, her favourite stories are cozy crimes with a strong sense of place. When she couldn’t find a series about her beloved south London, she decided to write her own – and single mum amateur sleuth Beth Haldane was born. Alice also writes twisty psychological thrillers for HQ Digital under the name A.M. Castle. The Perfect Widow was a top selling audiobook in 2019 and The Invitation hit the top 50 on Amazon UK in 2021. Alice lives with her two children and two cats and, if she isn’t writing or reading a whodunit, she’ll be watching one on the telly.


  1. Hi Caroline, thank you so much for having me on your blog today and thanks for your lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Murder Mystery and hope you'll like the rest of the series too :) x

  2. It was a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing your story. :) x