The Slayings in Sydenham #BookReview #BlogTour #Darkstroke #Giveaway #RachelsRandomResources

Written by Alice Castle


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The Slayings in Sydenham


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A dangerous move…

Single mum and super sleuth, Beth Haldane, has been set her most daunting task yet by handsome cop boyfriend Inspector Harry York. He wants her to find them a new home – outside Dulwich! Beth can hardly bear the idea, so when a young estate agent turns up dead, she diverts her energies to nailing the killer instead.

As it turns out, more or less everyone in Dulwich who has ever moved house may have a motive. But do some of the richest residents have an even stronger reason to murder the agent than others? What on earth is up with Dr Grover, head of prestigious private school, Wyatt’s? Does Beth’s uber-mummy nemesis, Belinda MacKenzie, have more reason than usual to be swaggering about the village? And who is sending Beth sinister text messages?

Join Beth for her seventh thrilling adventure amid the mean streets of south London, in The Slayings in Sydenham!


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

Book 7 – The Slayings in Sydenham  see below


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The Slayings in Sydenham Cover


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Exciting & Believable!    Stars 5


Another attention-grabbing read from the pen of an author who spins a very believable and exciting tale!

Once again we find ourselves back in the ‘yummy-mummy’ area of London where Beth Haldane lives with her son, Ben, in her small and quirky but much loved house which is just perfect for the two of them. However, with Beth now in a relationship with her policeman boyfriend – the official detective – they are looking for a place together which, with the extortionate house prices in Dulwich means leaving her beloved home. Truth is, Beth is prevaricating and another mystery is just the excuse she needs to spend her time doing other stuff.

There is something about this series of mysteries which cause strange excitement when I know there’s another on it’s way! Beth Haldane is known as an accidental sleuth; with another dead body falling – literally – at her feet, a new investigation seems destined to take over her life. This author always gives her readers plenty to think about, and this book is no exception, and this one was a real puzzler with lots of different threads to the story and so much to consider! As always, though, by the final page there is a solution for everything and I look forward to the next one with relish! I love the characters in this series, including the pets which always bring a grin to my face with their antics and, for me, what always makes Alice Castle’s work stand out from the crowd is her excellent vocabulary which I expect comes from her journalistic career. A thoroughly good all round read, and absolutely worth a full house of sparkling stars!

My thanks to both the publisher for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot in this tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: murder mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Darkstroke
  • Publication Date: 10 December 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon


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Author Bio




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.

Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.


Social Media


Twitter: @AliceMCastle

Facebook: @alicecastleauthor


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8. Giveaway


Win a signed copy of The Slayings in Sydenham (Open to UK and US Only)


*Terms and Conditions –US and UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.



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2 thoughts on “The Slayings in Sydenham #BookReview #BlogTour #Darkstroke #Giveaway #RachelsRandomResources

  1. Hi Grace, thank you so much for your lovely review of The Slayings in Sydenham, I am so thrilled you enjoyed the book and I love the fact that you are fond of the characters, especially the pets! I love them too and really enjoy concocting new adventures for Beth and the gang. Hope you’ll like the next one too! Thanks again for all your hard work reviewing, it’s much appreciated 🙂 xx

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