The Body in Belair Park #BookReview #BlogTour #CrookedCat #RachelsRandomResources

Written by Alice Castle


150 hrt


The Body in Belair Park




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

Book 1 – Death in Dulwich        

Audiobook                                             Audible

Book 2 – The Girl in the Gallery

Book 3 – Calamity in Camberwell

Book 4 – Homicide in Herne Hill

Book 5 – Revenge on the Rye     

Book 6 – The Body in Belair Park     See below




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Fabulously Enjoyable!    Stars 5


Such a joy to return to Dulwich and get re-acquainted with Beth Haldane, her son, friends and her unfailing ability for finding bodies!

Everything seems rosy in Beth’s world – and then her mother phones. Her bridge partner has been found dead, and Wendy is convinced he’s been murdered. She decides to draft in Beth to investigate and, frankly, doesn’t give her daughter much choice in the matter. Cue the opportunity for Beth – and me – to learn all about this game! 

With the mystery getting deeper by the moment, this is one which will grab you and keep you focused. Beth certainly has her work cut out! Alongside trying to solve the case, she has to contend with worrying about Ben, the inattention of her friend Kate and her tenuous relationship, as well as looking after her pets and dealing with her ever demanding mother. There’s never a dull moment. I’ve always enjoyed this series; author Alice Castle’s journalistic background shines through in her excellent use of vocabulary making this an enthralling story. Fabulously enjoyable! With each instalment, the story advances and I really look forward to the next book. Definitely a five star read!

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy, and especially for including me in this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
  • Publication Date: 25 June 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon




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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, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim and also hit the number one spot. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published in August 2018, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Revenge on the Rye came out in December 2018. The Body in Belair Park will be published on 25th June 2019. Alice is currently working on the seventh London Murder Mystery adventure, The Slayings in Sydenham. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer.


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2 thoughts on “The Body in Belair Park #BookReview #BlogTour #CrookedCat #RachelsRandomResources

  1. Hi Grace, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely review! As you know I have great respect for your views on books and so it’s really special to get five stars from you! Hope you’ll enjoy Beth’s next outing, The Slayings in Sydenham, just as much xx

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