Tuesday, May 23, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Murder Affair


In a quiet little village, mourners gather for a church funeral. But some of the tears flowing are fake – and Beth Haldane suspects foul play…

On a rainy afternoon, Beth Haldane accompanies her elderly mother Wendy to the funeral of her boyfriend and local councillor Len. But as they gather in the church, Beth can’t help but notice how many women are there who look just like her mother.

As the service begins it soon becomes clear that all of the women thought they were Len’s special someone – and one of them even claims to be his distraught wife. Wendy suspects foul play and immediately asks Beth to investigate.

As Beth begins to speak to the women she has to ask, was one of Len’s many disgruntled girlfriends out for revenge? Why was Len borrowing money from the ladies he romanced? And why did his work for the local council seem so suspicious?

Then, Len’s secretary Bella is found dead amongst the dahlias in a planter. Beth starts to suspect Len was involved in something far more dangerous than she’d assumed but what did Bella know about his business that led to her unfortunate end?

With the village rumour mill in full swing, fingers start to point at Wendy. After all, distraught Wendy is telling everyone who lends her an ear that Len was murdered – and she saw Len the very evening he was found dead. The clock is ticking for Beth to clear her mother’s name before it’s too late!

A deliciously cozy and gripping murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and The Thursday Murder Club.


Title:   The Murder Affair
Author:  Alice Castle
Series:  Beth Haldane #9
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   310
Date of Publication:   May 23, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars 

When Beth Haldane goes to a funeral with her elderly mother, she is shocked to discover that her mother had been involved with the deceased, Len. Even more shocking, more than a few of the mourners are elderly like her mother and they were also involved with Len. Beth’s mother Wendy begs Beth to find her boyfriend’s killer, and refuses to take no for an answer. 
Beth wants to know how Len, a man of a certain age, had so many women at his beck and call. Sadly, Len is not the only murder victim, and Beth is determined to solve both murders, knowing full well that she will not get much help from her boyfriend Harry, a local detective. In fact, Beth wonders about her future as she knows that she is becoming much more than an amateur detective.

This Beth Haldane series is a real treat and I truly enjoy following Beth on her exploits. This latest book in a delightful series was thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to Beth’s next adventure. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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 telly.

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