Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review-The Girl In The Gallery by Alice Castle- Goddess Fish Tours

About the book 
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…
It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favorite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.
She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.
Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

Read an excerpt
As she sped on to the last gallery, containing the current exhibition, Beth automatically stopped for a second opposite one of her favorite still lives – the red, white, and blue bouquet by Jan van Huysum. Eighteenth century flower painters were paid extra for insects, and she loved spotting all the wriggly wildlife. This time, it wasn’t a bug that caught her eye, though. It was something on the very edge of her peripheral vision. Something that jarred, didn’t make sense. Shouldn’t even be there. Shouldn’t even be there. Something that, she realized with dread, was in the mausoleum antechamber. Something that meant, however much she did not want to, she had to turn back and look.
Beth’s heart started to thud. It was a flash of scarlet.
Wasn’t it Constable who’d added red to all his canvases as ‘the salt in the soup’? Well, Beth felt vehemently her life didn’t need even the tiniest jot more seasoning. She could no longer picture the shade crimson lake without shuddering from head to toe, after her ghastly first day at Wyatt’s School.
No, this time, if anything bad was happening, she was not going to stumble across it on her own. Resolutely shutting her eyes, she sidled back past the niche and then ran straight for the ticket desk. She’d get that girl on the desk to come with her, if she had to drag her all the way.

And I thought 
I missed book 1.  Book #2 is a stand alone but the characters are engaging and beg you to go back.

Girl In The Gallery was not what I expected.  It is a good 'ole 
mystery.  You'll be guessing to the end!  
You'll probably be on pins and needles too.
I was surprised that the book dealt with teenage social issues. 
So if things like teenage bullying and peer pressure are 'triggers' you might be cautious.  
I thought this was a great read and kept me guessing.  
I look forward to the chance to read book 1!

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  1. Hi Grantham, I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and that it kept you guessing! Hope you enjoy Death in Dulwich too. Thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog today, I've felt very welcome :)

  2. I've enjoyed following the tour for The Girl In The Gallery and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

    1. Hi Victoria, so glad to hear you've enjoyed the tour, it's been lovely for me to visit great blogs like this one and reach out to readers like you! Thanks for taking part and I hope you enjoy the book ;)

  3. I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

  4. Hi Nikolina, I've loved the tour too, a big thank you to all the lovely hosts who've had me visiting great blogs like this one :)