Suspicious goings-on at a retirement home lead to an intriguing investigation in Date with Malice, the second cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective series. Perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and M. C. Beaton.
It’s dark in the Dales this winter . . .
When Mrs Shepherd arrives at the Dales Detective Agency, quite convinced that someone is trying to kill her, Samson O’Brien dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after a series of disturbing incidents at Fellside Court retirement home, he begins to wonder if there is something to her claims after all . . .
With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into a complex investigation. One that will require him to regain the trust of the Dales community. Faced with no choice, he enlists the help of a local – the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe.
Against the backdrop of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together once again if they are to uncover the malevolence threatening the elderly residents of Bruncliffe. Could the danger be perilously close to home?
Filled with wit, warmth and a cast of charming characters, continue the crime capers with Date with Mystery.
‘A Yorkshire Agatha Raisin’ – The Dalesman
Set in the Yorkshire Dales, Chapman's well-paced sequel to 2017's Date with Death finds Samson O'Brien, a London policeman suspended from the National Crime Agency, struggling in his new career as a private detective. The two cases he has aren't inspiring. Elderly Alice Shepherd, who resides at Fellside Court, a local retirement complex, asks Samson to prove her claim that someone is trying to kill her. Irascible farmer Clive Knowles wants him to locate his missing prize-winning ram. Alice's subsequent collapse in her apartment is but the first of several unsettling incidents at Fellside Court, and Samson comes to suspect that Knowles is pulling the wool over his eyes. Meanwhile, Samson's landlady, Delilah Metcalfe, who develops websites and runs a dating service, worms her way into both investigations. Sparks fly as the two friends pursue their separate, if often overlapping, lines of inquiry. Chapman doesn't sustain the Yorkshire dialect after the first chapter or two, but she vividly describes Yorkshire in winter. Cozy fans looking for good, clean fun will be satisfied.