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Date with Death is the first cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective series. Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Date with Death is the first cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective series. Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat - as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done . . . Great fun! — Carol Drinkwater A classic whodunit set in the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, written with affection for the area and its people. A satisfying read riddled with dry Yorkshire humour (and dry stone walls) — Cath Staincliffe, author of The Silence Between Breaths


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Date with Death is the first cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective series. Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Date with Death is the first cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective series. Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat - as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle. Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realize that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done . . . Great fun! — Carol Drinkwater A classic whodunit set in the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, written with affection for the area and its people. A satisfying read riddled with dry Yorkshire humour (and dry stone walls) — Cath Staincliffe, author of The Silence Between Breaths

30 review for Date with Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Date with Death by Julia Chapman is a 2017 Minotaur publication. I think the characters enjoyed some nice dialogue, had a bit of chemistry between them, and worked pretty well as a team once they got past some initial awkwardness. The secondary characters are all essential to the story and provide comic relief as well as deeper character analysis. This charming, cozy series definitely has potential and a lot of wiggle room for growth and development. I am on board for the next installment and will Date with Death by Julia Chapman is a 2017 Minotaur publication. I think the characters enjoyed some nice dialogue, had a bit of chemistry between them, and worked pretty well as a team once they got past some initial awkwardness. The secondary characters are all essential to the story and provide comic relief as well as deeper character analysis. This charming, cozy series definitely has potential and a lot of wiggle room for growth and development. I am on board for the next installment and will be very interested in what adventures Sampson and Delilah will embark on next. 3.5 stars This review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews. To read the full review, click on this link: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Re...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Delilah Metcalfe is a struggling business woman trying to keep her two businesses afloat with the bank breathing down her neck. When Samson O’Brien arrives back into town after leaving everything behind more than a decade before and not even returning for his best friend's funeral he doesn't find himself with a warm welcome. In fact Delilah doesn't want to take him on as a tenant but breaks down and signs the lease because she could really use the money. Samson has decided to return home to set Delilah Metcalfe is a struggling business woman trying to keep her two businesses afloat with the bank breathing down her neck. When Samson O’Brien arrives back into town after leaving everything behind more than a decade before and not even returning for his best friend's funeral he doesn't find himself with a warm welcome. In fact Delilah doesn't want to take him on as a tenant but breaks down and signs the lease because she could really use the money. Samson has decided to return home to set up a detective agency while on leave from his job in law enforcement after he found himself attacked. Samson knows his hometown would be far from the problems of his job and hopefully they wouldn't follow him home. His first case has him crossing paths with Delilah though when he needs to investigate the death of a man that had been a customer of Delilah's dating service. When more deaths follow the two team up to solve just what is happening in their small town. Date with Death is the first book in the new cozy mystery series, The Dales Detective. Now when we start with the two main characters being Samson and Delilah I wondered if this wouldn't just be a silly story but it actually turned out to be a pretty good mystery. There was a good amount of character building in the story and I felt I got to know the town well. I really liked both the main characters and the small town every knows everyone vibe going on. The mystery had me guessing as to the how's and why's for quite a while and was interesting to follow along. I'd definitely be interested in what is in store for Samson and Delilah in any future books. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I really enjoyed this murder/mystery book. It wasn’t full of tension or buckets of blood and gore but, it was gentle and had me thinking a lot of the characters were guilty. I didn’t guess right at all. It had the slow burn of an Agatha Christie book but, with a modern vibe. It was set in the Dales and even mentioned the vet Mr Herriot at the end which was nice. I have another one in this series so I’ll be reading that one soon. If you want a gentle read about murders in a dales village then, you I really enjoyed this murder/mystery book. It wasn’t full of tension or buckets of blood and gore but, it was gentle and had me thinking a lot of the characters were guilty. I didn’t guess right at all. It had the slow burn of an Agatha Christie book but, with a modern vibe. It was set in the Dales and even mentioned the vet Mr Herriot at the end which was nice. I have another one in this series so I’ll be reading that one soon. If you want a gentle read about murders in a dales village then, you may want to give this a go.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    This cozy mystery, first in a series that count three up to now, has a lot of potential = a team of one real detective and one amateur-sleuth who owns a dating company, with lots of dry humour. It starts off at a small pace but soon, it gets more thrilling. I wouldn’t want to live in a small town like Bruncliffe, where everyone know everything about anyone, where the grapevine is faster than any phone connection, but the two main characters together with the town’s people are a nice bunch. There a This cozy mystery, first in a series that count three up to now, has a lot of potential = a team of one real detective and one amateur-sleuth who owns a dating company, with lots of dry humour. It starts off at a small pace but soon, it gets more thrilling. I wouldn’t want to live in a small town like Bruncliffe, where everyone know everything about anyone, where the grapevine is faster than any phone connection, but the two main characters together with the town’s people are a nice bunch. There are some winks to known characters, to begin with the bible’s lovers Samson & Delilah, but also to James Herriot, the vet from « All Creatures great and small » - in this little town, although they carry another name, all vets are named « Herriot » (easier to remember, according to the town’s people). I’m looking forward to reading the 2 other installments in these series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Ho hum. Here's a novel featuring Samson, a suspended police officer back in his Yorkshire Dales home town for the duration of investigations to clear his name, and Delilah (yes, I know....) who runs a struggling dating agency. Death follows death. Suicide? Murder? Accident? Or does something unsavoury link these deaths? Of course it does, and Samson and Delilah are here to work it out. There are so many characters I don't think I ever sorted half of them out. It took me ages to get into the plot Ho hum. Here's a novel featuring Samson, a suspended police officer back in his Yorkshire Dales home town for the duration of investigations to clear his name, and Delilah (yes, I know....) who runs a struggling dating agency. Death follows death. Suicide? Murder? Accident? Or does something unsavoury link these deaths? Of course it does, and Samson and Delilah are here to work it out. There are so many characters I don't think I ever sorted half of them out. It took me ages to get into the plot though finally I did want to see how it all worked out. Though not that much. It's an OK read, suitable for a long train journey. I shan't bother to read any more books by Julia Chapman (or her alter ego Julia Stagg, who writes books set in the French Pyrenees) though. Which is a shame, as I'm a fan of both the Dales and the French Pyrenees, both of which I have called home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Visit the locations on the Literary Travel Agency A Date With Death [image error] What a charming, lovely novel! I do love a cosy crime mystery and with a soft spot for all things Yorkshire, this was just my cup of Yorkshire Tea. There is a mystery at the heart of it, but the comings and goings of the villagers and the secrets behind those twitchy curtains got me! It’s an easy read and a charming one with a dose of Grantchester and a dollop of Agatha Raisin brewed together. I loved the idea of the Visit the locations on the Literary Travel Agency A Date With Death [image error] What a charming, lovely novel! I do love a cosy crime mystery and with a soft spot for all things Yorkshire, this was just my cup of Yorkshire Tea. There is a mystery at the heart of it, but the comings and goings of the villagers and the secrets behind those twitchy curtains got me! It’s an easy read and a charming one with a dose of Grantchester and a dollop of Agatha Raisin brewed together. I loved the idea of the Dales Dating Agency, the speed dating night, farmers driving about on those all terrain cars, the wandering ramblers who might just appear from the hills and up from the valleys – oh and that cake shop! Every time it was mentioned, I wanted to sit and sniff the pages in the hope that one of the cakes would appear from in the book. I could smell and almost taste them! The landscape – the gorgeous ondulating landscape draws you in and I loved the characters. There was also a more serious story – one man returning to face his past and his father and everything was nicely and neatly wrapped up – although with just enough threads to leave you wanting more. I’ll definitely be back for more Yorkshire Tea and chat with this lot!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Iza Brekilien

    Recently, I've been trying different cozy mysteries - you know, those that are edited with covers... well, much like this one. Agatha Raisin : nice, just not great - perfect for a trip on the train. Hannah Dennison and her Honeychurch : I didn't like the characters and the story was a bit messy. All in all, I didn't hold much hope for the Dales Detectives, but they did measure up ! It's not a cozy mystery like I thought it would be : of course, small village where everybody knows everyone, the Yorks Recently, I've been trying different cozy mysteries - you know, those that are edited with covers... well, much like this one. Agatha Raisin : nice, just not great - perfect for a trip on the train. Hannah Dennison and her Honeychurch : I didn't like the characters and the story was a bit messy. All in all, I didn't hold much hope for the Dales Detectives, but they did measure up ! It's not a cozy mystery like I thought it would be : of course, small village where everybody knows everyone, the Yorkshire mountains, tea and cakes, a big dog and all that, but the story was well built, the characters well written, there was humour but not too much. I wasn't in a hurry to finish it, for once ! A good series, I'm looking forward to reading the others, even if I found out who the murderer was easily. PS : special mention for Ida, the cleaning lady, with her temper and her particular way of speaking (and earning her paycheck !) ^^

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    enjoyable mystery series. Really like the characters and the interplay between them. And looking forward to next in the series to see what is up with Samson.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Would probably appeal to people who live in the Dales. Reasonable plot but didn't really grip me. Would suit the Midsomer Murders treatment on television. Would probably appeal to people who live in the Dales. Reasonable plot but didn't really grip me. Would suit the Midsomer Murders treatment on television.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Gargoyle

    I received a copy of this title from PanMacmillan Australia for review. Ten Second Synopsis: Delilah is in deep debt and struggling to hang on financially until her dating agency business gets off the ground. When Samson O'Brien returns to the Dales in disgrace, Delilah's only financial option is to let him rent out her ground floor office for his new detective agency...a timely move indeed because it seems someone in their community is picking off members of Delilah's agency one by one. Despite th I received a copy of this title from PanMacmillan Australia for review. Ten Second Synopsis: Delilah is in deep debt and struggling to hang on financially until her dating agency business gets off the ground. When Samson O'Brien returns to the Dales in disgrace, Delilah's only financial option is to let him rent out her ground floor office for his new detective agency...a timely move indeed because it seems someone in their community is picking off members of Delilah's agency one by one. Despite the fact that this is definitely a cosy and there is a lot of time spent on developing the characters, both main and secondary, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would certainly be interested in following the series. Delilah is the only girl in a family of manly men and is determined to make her business successful after a recent divorce. Samson is the black sheep of the village, having left his alcoholic father in dire circumstances (in the opinion of the town) to swan off to London and bag a high paying and dangerous job with the Met. When Samson returns home, his welcome is not particularly warm and he discovers that many things have changed drastically since he's been away. Samson's return coincides with a little problem at work which he wants to keep hidden from the villagers at all cost. I quite enjoyed the premise of the murdered folk all being from the same dating agency (although I'm sure this has been done before in some way, shape or form in other cosies) as well as the way in which Delilah and Samson (eventually) go about sorting it out. It seems rather far-fetched that no one would bother to inform the police about their suspicions, but it works for the story and makes the eventual hunt far more suspenseful, knowing that Delilah and Samson are on their own. As one who likes my mysteries twisty and my murders happening in quick succession, I did find the long sections developing characters, backstory and village life a little distracting, but I accept that this is obviously one of those series where the relationships between the characters and their relationship with their environment is of utmost importance. The book also sets a bit of groundwork for other books in the series. There are definitely some shady characters getting around Bruncliffe that will no doubt play a part in nefarious doings further down the track. There's a lot going on here that will satisfy those looking for both an exciting mystery and a story about coming home and reinventing oneself. I must give a shout-out to the collective folk of the retirement village, of which Samson's father is part, for lifting the mood whenever they appeared. I'm glad to see that they will feature heavily in the next book in the series. I would certainly recommend giving this one a go as your next holiday read, or, if you happen to live in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the perfect book to snuggle up under a blanket with on a rainy, lazy weekend...for whenever the humidity decides to bugger off for good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Visit the Literary Travel Agency : Locations in the Date with Death This is a real tea time treat! Enjoy with a fat rascal (Yorkshire rock bun type treat)and a cup of Yorkshire Tea. This book is like settling down with a group of old friends and having a right good gossip. The cast of characters is just a whole lot of fun - Lucy from the tea shop, the locals from the pub, the farmers, and Samson and Delilah of course! That made me chuckle as did the relationship between them. The idea of a Dales D Visit the Literary Travel Agency : Locations in the Date with Death This is a real tea time treat! Enjoy with a fat rascal (Yorkshire rock bun type treat)and a cup of Yorkshire Tea. This book is like settling down with a group of old friends and having a right good gossip. The cast of characters is just a whole lot of fun - Lucy from the tea shop, the locals from the pub, the farmers, and Samson and Delilah of course! That made me chuckle as did the relationship between them. The idea of a Dales Dating Agency in such a rural community is just charming but not when the client are being bumped off! Reminded me of a mix of Agatha Raisin and Grantchester rolled into one. Full review: What a charming, lovely novel! I do love a cosy crime mystery and with a soft spot for all things Yorkshire, this was just my cup of Yorkshire Tea. There is a mystery at the heart of it, but the comings and goings of the villagers and the secrets behind those twitchy curtains got me! It’s an easy read and a charming one with a dose of Grantchester and a dollop of Agatha Raisin brewed together. I loved the idea of the Dales Dating Agency, the speed dating night, farmers driving about on those all terrain cars, the wandering ramblers who might just appear from the hills and up from the valleys – oh and that cake shop! Every time it was mentioned, I wanted to sit and sniff the pages in the hope that one of the cakes would appear from in the book. I could smell and almost taste them! The landscape – the gorgeous ondulating landscape draws you in and I loved the characters. There was also a more serious story – one man returning to face his past and his father and everything was nicely and neatly wrapped up – although with just enough threads to leave you wanting more. I’ll definitely be back for more Yorkshire Tea and chat with this lot!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arenaw

    It was a bit slow to start with a lot of names but once you get into the story, it was a page turner for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    I read the fifth book in the series first, without knowing it was one in the series. I liked it, so ended up looking for other books in the series. This one was an audio book edition. Though the narrator had a pleasant voice, i started hating all the characters when i heard them. I guess, it could be because i had pictured them differently, and this voice was forcing me the other way. Whenever i hear Delilah, i couldn't help but think of the biblical character, which hadnt happened, when i read I read the fifth book in the series first, without knowing it was one in the series. I liked it, so ended up looking for other books in the series. This one was an audio book edition. Though the narrator had a pleasant voice, i started hating all the characters when i heard them. I guess, it could be because i had pictured them differently, and this voice was forcing me the other way. Whenever i hear Delilah, i couldn't help but think of the biblical character, which hadnt happened, when i read the other book. The plot was interesting and kept me guessing. This seems to be a promising detective series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    ***1.5*** 371 tedious pages of hardcover which really needed a decent editor to eliminate a good third of unnecessary filler. I love me a good cozy but I couldn't determine if this was suppose to be humorous or not. And I most definitely could not connect with either h or H; especially when she literally runs off after her dog is injured. ***1.5*** 371 tedious pages of hardcover which really needed a decent editor to eliminate a good third of unnecessary filler. I love me a good cozy but I couldn't determine if this was suppose to be humorous or not. And I most definitely could not connect with either h or H; especially when she literally runs off after her dog is injured.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Magda

    Once I got past my irritation - and the urge to just quit this book because of the naming of the two main characters as Samson and Delilah I quite enjoyed this cosy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    An excerpt from www.VisitBritain.com describes the setting beautifully: "An area rich in farming heritage, its heather blanketed uplands and rolling green valleys are scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls. With majestic hills, stone villages, limestone crags, ...the Yorkshire Dales ... truly showcases the best of the British countryside. Extensive footpaths and bridleways offer cycling, riding and walking for all abilities, from gentle strolls over the undulating countryside t An excerpt from www.VisitBritain.com describes the setting beautifully: "An area rich in farming heritage, its heather blanketed uplands and rolling green valleys are scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls. With majestic hills, stone villages, limestone crags, ...the Yorkshire Dales ... truly showcases the best of the British countryside. Extensive footpaths and bridleways offer cycling, riding and walking for all abilities, from gentle strolls over the undulating countryside to the impressive Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough." Not being familiar with this setting, I found this mostly lighter novel's descriptions to be very appealing, complete with small towns where everyone knows each person's business. When a financially strapped young divorcee that the entire town adores feels compelled to rent out part of her office building to a disgraced detective that most in the town resent, only a Weimaraner dog beset with separation anxiety enables civil dialogue between these two adults who used to be the best of friends. When her customers who seem to have nothing in common start being murdered, Samson and Delilah (corny Biblical reference, I know) start working together for once. This has lots of humor, small town ambiance, endearing townspeople and also a couple of deeper issues that include having an alcoholic father, abandoned aspirations, and the difficult hard work required of farmers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Desrae Gibby

    After reading numerous cozy mysteries that helped me feel cozy but finding quite a few that annoyed me because they were poorly written drivel, I have been enthralled by this series. The writing is superb and carried me away to the Yorkshire Dales, satisfying my wanderlust. I love a book that educates me in an entertaining way and sends me to the dictionary, google images and wikipedia craving more information and glimpses of the scenery, yet entertains me and helps me unwind. This series did th After reading numerous cozy mysteries that helped me feel cozy but finding quite a few that annoyed me because they were poorly written drivel, I have been enthralled by this series. The writing is superb and carried me away to the Yorkshire Dales, satisfying my wanderlust. I love a book that educates me in an entertaining way and sends me to the dictionary, google images and wikipedia craving more information and glimpses of the scenery, yet entertains me and helps me unwind. This series did that and more. The teasing suspense and mystery were a perfect level for igniting my imagination but not agitating me. Additionally, the characters in this story are endearing, perfectly human in their responses, yet unique, because of their deep back stories that she masterfully reveals in doses. Also the down-to-earth friends we meet in her books span all age ranges. The author effectively quickens the teen boy as effectively as the senior citizens in the retirement home and everyone in between. The personalities are memorable with people battling real life issues with diiferent perspectives, showing how families and communities work in real life, especially in a small town. I enjoyed this so much that eventhough the next books in the series are not readily available in the US, I hunted them down and waited patiently for the paper copy to arrive in the mail. I haven't done that in years.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toria

    An enjoyable cozy mystery with two detectives, one retired from the police force and one who owns a dating agency. I enjoyed the fact that one of them who solves mhstery/murders actually had his foot on police work. Not something I often see in cozy mysterys. Didn't get me the cozy and excitement some cozy's gives me but I think I'll continue on with the series sometimes in the future An enjoyable cozy mystery with two detectives, one retired from the police force and one who owns a dating agency. I enjoyed the fact that one of them who solves mhstery/murders actually had his foot on police work. Not something I often see in cozy mysterys. Didn't get me the cozy and excitement some cozy's gives me but I think I'll continue on with the series sometimes in the future

  19. 4 out of 5

    kari

    Charming. I loved the characters and the setting of this one. It is the beginning of a series, but a fulfilling read all on its own. I can't wait for the next one. Charming. I loved the characters and the setting of this one. It is the beginning of a series, but a fulfilling read all on its own. I can't wait for the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    i do love a good english countryside crime story with a slow building background romance

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    This book was poorly written. I made it through the prologue and 4 pages before I called it quits. This book was loaned to me as part of The Pendleton Public Library’s mystery-pick grab bag. Book #1.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Merriman

    Did not finish - didn’t enjoy audible version.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alma Marta

    This was a book club read so I read it out of loyalty to my fellow club members but it was not one I would have chosen to read, and, for me, this proved me right. I could not identify with any of the characters and I don’t like funny crime dramas and although I have only just read it it was instantly forgettable and I’m from Yorkshire. Hey ho, can’ win ‘em all😒.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Latkins

    This is an entertaining cosy crime novel rather cutely featuring a pair of sleuths called Samson and Delilah! Set in a small town in the Yorkshire Dales, it blends romance and mystery with a healthy dose of humour. When Samson returns to his hometown after 14 years away working undercover for the the police, he's not welcomed back. When he left, he abandoned his friends and his alcoholic father and had no contact with them until his return. The Metcalfe clan particularly dislike him as one of th This is an entertaining cosy crime novel rather cutely featuring a pair of sleuths called Samson and Delilah! Set in a small town in the Yorkshire Dales, it blends romance and mystery with a healthy dose of humour. When Samson returns to his hometown after 14 years away working undercover for the the police, he's not welcomed back. When he left, he abandoned his friends and his alcoholic father and had no contact with them until his return. The Metcalfe clan particularly dislike him as one of them, Ryan, was his best friend and he didn't even return for his funeral when he was killed in Afghanistan. Delilah Metcalfe is appalled to discover that Samson is her new tenant for the office downstairs from her dating agency, but she can't afford to not let it out to him. He proceeds to set up a detective agency, annoyingly with the same initials as her dating agency. However, the pair are soon brought together when it transpires that a series of deaths in the town are in fact murders, and they seem to be linked with Delilah's dating agency. This is a light and pleasurable read, and I can imagine it being adapted into a Sunday evening TV series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roland

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having just been to the Dales I appreciate that a lot there is larger than life (weather, landscape, beauty, warmth of people) – but in this novel, the line between fervent hommage and distortion is crossed too often for comfort. I‘ll pick a very small, but very case-in-point bone and then leave it be. Even a near Superman like Samson O‘Brien (sexiest man alive, straight outta Bruncliffe – puh-lease) will not ever finish a dart-game by scoring that famous double-treble-20, bull. The likes of R. Having just been to the Dales I appreciate that a lot there is larger than life (weather, landscape, beauty, warmth of people) – but in this novel, the line between fervent hommage and distortion is crossed too often for comfort. I‘ll pick a very small, but very case-in-point bone and then leave it be. Even a near Superman like Samson O‘Brien (sexiest man alive, straight outta Bruncliffe – puh-lease) will not ever finish a dart-game by scoring that famous double-treble-20, bull. The likes of R. Barneveld or M. Gerwin may do so on occasion, but these gents practise darts seven hours a day, they‘re not super MET-cops on the side. These instances of people invariably being the best at something, if they‘re good at it (Delilah‘s fell-running, but also Procter‘s dealing on the evil side, and, at the end of the day, the sheer number of killings by the murderer – phew, avoided the spoiler there) makes for hard reading, I found. Still, the landscape is very much there as I had the pleasure of experiencing it. (This was also the reason I tried to find Yorkshire mysteries.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a first in a series, and possibly a first novel. Hopefully it's a debut novel, as the author has plenty of room for improvement. Naming the main characters Samson and Delilah really put me off, especially as they were both born in a small town in the Yorkshire dales, not a place for fancy names, as a rule. Apart from the names, I liked each of them as a character, and most of the secondary characters could be interesting. I found the writing quite pedestrian, and the plot was really far-f This is a first in a series, and possibly a first novel. Hopefully it's a debut novel, as the author has plenty of room for improvement. Naming the main characters Samson and Delilah really put me off, especially as they were both born in a small town in the Yorkshire dales, not a place for fancy names, as a rule. Apart from the names, I liked each of them as a character, and most of the secondary characters could be interesting. I found the writing quite pedestrian, and the plot was really far-fetched, with no hint as to the identity of the villain until he's finally caught in the act: a character who isn't mentioned by name previously, except very briefly as one of a crowd, and with no hint of motive is not the norm for a detective novel. It could be me, but I also found it hard to discern much humour in the book. On the other hand, I did finish it, so it wasn't all bad.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Howes

    I was slightly worried going into this book that it would be more of a romantic suspense, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. It was a strong start to what looks a promising series. I enjoyed the plot, and there were a lot of likeable characters. The only downside for me was the length of time it took to get to the mystery. I was slightly worried going into this book that it would be more of a romantic suspense, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. It was a strong start to what looks a promising series. I enjoyed the plot, and there were a lot of likeable characters. The only downside for me was the length of time it took to get to the mystery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    What a cozy get a way this book was! I loved imagining being in the Yorkshire country side with all these characters. The mystery kept me guessing and I love the thought that there will be more of these mysteries to come in the future! Waiting for the next story will be difficult🌼

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    it took a while to get going.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Travis Sherman

    Murder mystery on the moors, w. many of the towns I'll see. Read this instead of rereading Jane Eyre. Murder mystery on the moors, w. many of the towns I'll see. Read this instead of rereading Jane Eyre.

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