8 /10

Date with Mystery

by Julia Chapman

Snappy Review

When what seems to be straightforward turns a little twisty – this is a Cosy that takes a little more investment but is well worth the read.

Book Synopsis

A charming series for fans of Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Galbraith and Midsomer Murders.

Date with Mystery is the third novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective series.

The Dales Detective Agency’s latest assignment appears to be an open and shut case. Hired by a local solicitor to find a death certificate for a young woman who died over twenty years ago, Samson O’Brien is about to find out that things in Bruncliffe are rarely that straightforward. Particularly when the solicitor insists that Delilah Metcalfe, with her wealth of local knowledge, works alongside Samson on this sensitive investigation.

Delilah is eager to help. At the very least, the case will take her mind off the looming custody battle for her precious dog, Tolpuddle, and the threat of the bank foreclosing on her struggling Dales Dating Agency.

As Samson and Delilah investigate they soon become embroiled in a mystery that has lain at the heart of the town for decades. But in uncovering the truth have they exposed secrets that some would prefer would remain buried?