Date with Justice: 9 (The Dales Detective Series, 9)

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Date with Justice: 9 (The Dales Detective Series, 9)

Date with Justice: 9 (The Dales Detective Series, 9)

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The vague threat that novel ends on, presumably signposting the way for book number 9 in the series, is that the sprightly but elderly members of the local retirement complex might lose their home. Shepherd shows up at the Dales Detective Agency one morning in December, convinced that somebody is trying to kill her, and Samson dismisses all her fears as only the ramblings of one confused old lady. When Mrs Shepherd arrives at the Dales Detective Agency on a December morning, quite convinced that someone is trying to kill her, Samson O’Brien dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. Since Samson O’Brien started the Dales Detective Agency in the downstairs office of Delilah Metcalfe’s Dales Dating Agency, the calibre of drama has gone up a notch.

Once there he joins forces with Delilah Metcalfe, owner of the Dales Dating Agency, to solve a series of local crimes, ably supported by an eccentric cast of characters who live in Bruncliffe and Delilah’s Weimaraner, Tolpuddle. Samson is in London helping the Met, so Delilah is left to run the agency with newly minted detective Ida Capstick. The author does a fabulous job in drawing all the characters and the settings and if Bruncliffe was a real place I would definitely want to visit. A classic whodunit set in the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, written with affection for the area and its people. But every time I went out for a run or on my bike I was struck by the beauty of the area around me; an area I wasn’t even writing about.They get better with each book and we get to see more and more characters that add a lot to the story – old people, a rich guy, questionable characters, all together shady characters, a fun as hell cleaner/maid, and so much more! It was disconcerting at times – trying to remember all the facets of the stunning Pyrenean scenery while living amongst the fells of Northern England.

The dialogue is funny, notably on the subject of the fledgling romance between Delilah and Samson, where everyone has an opinion and isn’t afraid to voice it, to much squirming and embarrassment from the recipients. Poisoned pooches and a missing teenager bring our detective duo back together in Date with Poison the fourth cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective Agency series. I must say that I hadn't even realised this book was out until I saw it on the shelves in W H Smith!

The Dales Detective series will be developed by Saffron Cherry’s Caroline Roberts-Cherry and Head of Scripted Jane Langford (Hollyoaks, Metastasis, Jordskott S2, Origin).

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