Date with Evil: A delightfully witty and charming mystery set in the Yorkshire Dales: 8 (The Dales Detective Series, 8)

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Date with Evil: A delightfully witty and charming mystery set in the Yorkshire Dales: 8 (The Dales Detective Series, 8)

Date with Evil: A delightfully witty and charming mystery set in the Yorkshire Dales: 8 (The Dales Detective Series, 8)

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I usually try to give a little background to all the series I read, but I have been able to find out all that much. This is book 6 in what is turning out to be a very good series with strong characters, a good blend of main plots and smaller ones, and above all a compelling personal lives story. But in each book we get a glimpse to the end game, so if you are going to start this series I recommend book one! James Ellison is the local vet, Bernard Taylor the local estate agent, and the local police are Sgnt Clayton and PC Danny Bradley. And rather than describing crowded streets and the mayhem of city life, my eyes were drawn to the rainbow colours on the ewes’ rear ends as the breeding season got into full swing!

Julia Chapman is the pseudonym of Julia Stagg, who has had five novels, the Fogas Chronicles set in the French Pyrenees, published by Hodder. Arty catches Samson hiding in a ginnel watching Taylors, works out what is afoot, and soon the Fellside Hall pensioners are in on the act too. She spent the majority of that time as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language but also dabbled in bookselling, pawnbroking, waitressing and was once 'checkout-chick of the month' at a supermarket in South Australia! Ryan Metcalfe was Samson's best friend - Samson was best man at Ryan's wedding to Lucy, and godfather to young Nathan, but Ryan had joined the army and was killed in Afghanistan about two years ago. Delilah also runs the Dales Dating Agency and has an apparently hopeless case - old, set in his ways, dirty and smelly farmer Clive Knowes wants her to find him a wife.She lives in the nearest house to Samson's farm - Twistletown - with her mentally slow son George who is a dab hand at mechanical repairs. Richard Hargreaves mum, the butcher's wife, cannot accept that Richard committed suicide, and asks Samson to investigate - the first case for the Dales Detective Agency.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There is tension, excitement, and a thrilling climax where Lucy lies unconscious also soaked in petrol, and Dee rediscovers her old Fell running prowess, and Tolpuddle is well up in the action. The Metcalfes are a local family, and Delilah has a mother, two local brothers Will and Ash, and a sister-in law Lucy who runs Peaks Patisserie.Samson's pensioner dad Joseph lost the family farm to local baddie Rick Procter, and is now living at Fellside Court with lots of friends, all anxious to "help" Samson with a bit of amateur detecting.

But with Samson O'Brien still in London helping the Met Police clear his name, and the newly appointed member of the investigations team, Ida Capstick, distracted by her brother George's insistence that their farm is haunted, Delilah Metcalfe is struggling to meet the mounting demands for the agency's services. Although one of the main story lines that has run throughout the series has been resolved, you are left with the definite feeling that there is much more to come and it is eagerly awaited by this reader!It's all hands on deck, the three policemen, Samson, Nathan, Nina, George, Grigore, Pavel, and the Fellside pensioners. Eventually these find their way to Samson and Delilah, and he recognises the name Kingston Holdings on the files. I say latest because much reference is made to previous mayhem, which I assume was covered in earlier novels. An ex makeup artist at Fellside Hall disguises Delilah as new temp Denise so successfully that she fools Samson and brother Will (but not brother Ash).

The endearing inhabitants of Bruncliffe are back, banding together with good old Yorkshire grit, this time to foil an organised crime gang who, improbably, are running a drugs/people trafficking ring out of a bunch of old farm sheds. I have grown very fond of the cast of characters and the well-described locations and had been eagerly awaiting this episode. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. The minor ongoing plot about some dog fouling the butcher Hargreaves' doorstep is finally solved - bit of a disappointment I thought, so obvious it would have been discovered a lot earlier. His boss even sent a hit man to get rid of Samson, but all of Bruncliffe came together to save Samson after his dad Joseph O'Brien explained what really happened when Samson had first left Bruncliffe.Dee's husband, Neil Taylor ran off with another woman, leaving Dee struggling financially but too proud to tell her family. As usual, the secondary characters are highly entertaining, and many play an important role in this volume. At the very end of the book Samson is suspended and it seems the story of his alleged corruption is about to break.



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