I’ve tried to minimise the number of posts I’ve done here banging on about my books, but I’m sorry, today is publication day for book number two in my London Murder Mystery series so all bets are off. Yes, The Girl in the Gallery is finally coming out today.
It’s the second whodunit featuring my diminutive, determined and accident-prone single mum amateur sleuth, Beth Haldane. Beth lives in our own dear darling Dulwich, a prosperous little oasis in south east London filled with yummy mummies, all driving their precious offspring to ballet classes in cars like tanks. Beth isn’t one of their number – she’s a widow, and despite a new job that’s helped her precarious financial situation, she still thinks hard about how to pay the bills. She doesn’t really need more complications in her life, but she’s the sort of person that things just keep happening to. So when she decides to put off going to work for a half-hour and have a wander around her favourite place, Dulwich Picture Gallery, well, something is bound to go wrong…
Suffice to say Beth soon has a mystery on her hands, and it looks like this one is going to be even harder to solve than her first case. Luckily, she has a cast of useful and not-quite-so-useful characters to help or hinder, including her son, Ben, a bouncy nine-year-old, her cat, Magpie, who is a moggie from Battersea with all the attitude of a Persian, and Detective Inspector Harry York from the Metropolitan Police, the handsome copper whose pragmatic attitude to crime drives Beth mad and spurs her on.
You can read The Girl in the Gallery as a stand-alone story, but of course I heartily recommend reading Death in Dulwich as well. If you loved Motherland and have a sneaking affection for Midsommer Murders, then the London Murder Mystery series is for you. You can buy the books at Village Books in Dulwich Village, Dulwich Books in Croxted Road, Herne Hill Books, Clapham Books and of course the mighty Amazon, via these links: MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery and MyBook.to/1DeathinDulwich.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.