Author Visit – Alice Castle

What a pleasure to have Alice Castle here in the coffee shop again! When she last visited it was to talk about her cosy crime novel Death in Dulwich. Today she’s here to tell us about the next book in the series The Girl in the Gallery which is hot off the press today. Over to you Alice!


Hi Katy, it’s lovely to be on your blog today, thanks so much for hosting me and letting me tell you a bit about my latest book, The Girl in the Gallery.

The Girl in the Gallery is a cozy crime murder mystery with a dash of romance. The book opens when my single mum amateur sleuth, Beth Haldane, stumbles on a terrifying new exhibit when she pops into the Picture Gallery in Dulwich before work. This Gallery bears a very strong resemblance to Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is celebrating 200 years of art for the public this year. It’s a beautiful building, designed by the architect Sir John Soane, but at its heart is a mausoleum, containing the dead bodies of the original collectors in marble coffins, on display to the public. Very odd. I have always thought it would be a brilliant location for a murder mystery.

Who is the girl in the gallery? Beth sets out to solve the mystery, along the way stumbling across other themes which I hope will resonate with any parents of teenage girls. The dangers of social media, peer pressure, eating disorders – and worse – are all examined. Meanwhile, Beth’s tentative relationship with DI York moves up a gear. But will Beth find all the answers in time to prevent another tragedy?

The book is the second in my London Murder Mysteries series. The first, Death in Dulwich, was published in September this year and was number one in the Amazon satire/detective fiction chart. I’m very glad to say it’s also been a big hit in Dulwich bookshops. You can read either novel as a stand alone story, but The Girl in the Gallery features the same central characters as Death in Dulwich, and of course features the south London suburb too.

I lived in Dulwich for four years, after nearly a decade in Belgium. I found the area, and the people, really welcoming and I am repaying them by setting a series of grisly murders in their midst, which I really hope they won’t take the wrong way. It is a perfect, village-like setting, where people know everything about each other – or think they do. I think of it as a contemporary St Mary Mead, the place where Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple solved unspeakable crimes. I was really thrilled when a review of Death in Dulwich said Beth was a modern Miss Marple.

The third installment in the series, Calamity in Camberwell, should be out in 2018, and again can be read as a stand alone or as the next installment of Beth’s adventures. This time, Beth is on the trail of a missing friend, with plenty of obstacles thrown in her way. And will she give in, when her friends urge her to give online dating a try?

About Alice

IMG_5557Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.
Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series. It will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is entitled The Calamity in Camberwell. Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
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Thanks so much Alice – I’m really looking forward to reading The Girl in the Gallery!


One thought on “Author Visit – Alice Castle

  1. Hi Katy, just wanted to say thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog today, it’s been a pleasure chatting again – and having a coffee! X


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