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Date with Malice: Dales Detective Series, Book 2
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Date with Malice is the second book in a delightful new English village mystery series by Julia Chapman, set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.
When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O'Brien that someone in her old people's home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all.
With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. He also needs the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe's senior citizens; a malevolence that will come perilously close to home.

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Date with Malice is the second book in a delightful new English village mystery series by Julia Chapman, set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.
When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O'Brien that someone in her old people's home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all.
With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. He also needs the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe's senior citizens; a malevolence that will come perilously close to home.

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        "Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny's village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the Dales town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents. The ongoing suspenseful story line will keep series fans hooked."

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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Chapman vividly describes Yorkshire in winter. Cozy fans looking for good, clean fun will be satisfied."
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      • content: "Well-drawn characters and a light tone make this English village mystery a particular pleasure."
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      • content: "Chapman's second entry positions her well in the world of village-life detection, with just enough puzzle, just enough romance, and more than its share of wacky villagers."
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      • content: "This second in The Dales Detective Series has Chapman well into her stride. With her eye for detail, we feel the chill of a Yorkshire deep mid-winter, while taking comfort from the warmth of a close-knit community."
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        February 1, 2018
        A local lad returns to Yorkshire to investigate threats to his clients, human and ovine.On leave from the London police, Samson O'Brien (Date with Death, 2017) wants to make a go of Dales Detective Agency in his native Bruncliffe. He's eager to help Clive Knowles of Mire End Farm find his lost Ralph, at least until Samson discovers that Ralph is a ram. But he's not sure that he prefers Alice Shepherd as a potential client. Although Mrs. Shepherd is incontrovertibly human, her mind isn't what it used to be. And her complaints of dark doings at Fellside Court retirement complex--missing scarves, stolen cufflinks, and a shadowy figure who stalks the halls at night--seem at least as likely due to incipient dementia as to any actual threat to the elderly residents. Samson changes his mind when Mrs. Shepherd suddenly dies. Although Alice had high blood pressure and the coroner declines to do a post-mortem, Samson fears she may have been right in her suspicions. With the support of his spirited young landlady, Delilah Metcalfe, whose Dales Dating Agency shares an office building with his, Samson begins to question the other Fellside residents, starting with his own father. When Joseph O'Brien sold his farm to local developer Rick Procter--for far less than its true value, in Samson's opinion--Joseph received a small apartment at Fellside as part of his payment. So it's only natural for Samson to step up the pace of his filial visits and take the opportunity to chat with his pa's neighbors, too. Samson's latest case moves along nicely the tale of the black sheep of Bruncliffe returned home to make amends to his former neighbors, especially the Metcalfe clan.Chapman's second entry positions her well in the world of village-life detection, with just enough puzzle, just enough romance, and more than its share of wacky villagers.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 26, 2018
        Set in the Yorkshire Dales, Chapman’s well-paced sequel to 2017’s Date with Death finds Samson O’Brien, a London policeman suspended from the National Crime Agency, struggling in his new career as a private detective. The two cases he has aren’t inspiring. Elderly Alice Shepherd, who resides at Fellside Court,
        a local retirement complex, asks Samson to prove her claim that someone is trying to kill her. Irascible farmer Clive Knowles wants him to locate his missing prize-winning ram. Alice’s subsequent collapse in her apartment is but the first of several unsettling incidents at Fellside Court, and Samson comes to suspect that Knowles is pulling the wool over his eyes. Meanwhile, Samson’s landlady, Delilah Metcalfe, who develops websites and runs a dating service, worms her way into both investigations. Sparks fly as the two friends pursue their separate, if often overlapping, lines of inquiry. Chapman doesn’t sustain the Yorkshire dialect after the first chapter or two, but she vividly describes Yorkshire in winter. Cozy fans looking for good, clean fun will be satisfied. Agent: Oli Munson, A.M. Heath (U.K.).

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        March 1, 2018

        Samson O'Brien has two new cases at his Dales Detective Agency. Alice Shepherd, a resident of the senior independent living home, insists someone is trying to kill her. And a local farmer's prize ram is missing. In the Yorkshire Dales, the ram is vital to livelihood, while Alice is forgetful and elderly. Then Alice dies. After another member of the community ends up hospitalized, Samson's landlady Delilah Metcalfe and the seniors at Fellside Court join him in an undercover investigation. The likable duo from A Date with Death return in this delightful atmospheric English mystery with dark undercurrents. The romantic undertones to the feisty relationship between Samson, a suspended cop, and Delilah, the owner of a dating agency, leavens the novel's uneasy mood with humor. The smooth transition in perspectives among the characters allows readers to develop a sense of the local community, while also allowing the two leads to maintain secrets that foreshadow trouble in future books. VERDICT Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny's village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the Dales town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents. The ongoing suspenseful story line will keep series fans hooked.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 1, 2018
        PI Samson O'Brien, the black sheep of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales, is still regarded suspiciously by some villagers despite having successfully solved a murder in the series opener, Date with Death (2017). So it's a pleasant surprise for him to get two cases one morning: Alice Shepherd, a resident at the Fellside Court retirement home, contends that someone intends to kill her, and farmer Clive Knowles reports that Ralph is missing once again. O'Brien's pleasure is lessened when he realizes that Mrs. Shepherd is clearly confused, and that Ralph (also the name of Knowles' late father) is a prize-winning ram who has been failing to impregnate the farms' ewes. Still, O'Brien pursues both cases, focusing particularly on Fellside Court after Mrs. Shepherd is found dead, and other residents appear to be at risk. Assistance, sometimes unwanted, is provided by Delilah Metcalfe, O'Brien's landlady and proprietor of the Dales Dating Agency (sometimes mistaken for O'Brien's Dales Detective Agency), along with her separation-anxiety-suffering Weimaraner, Tolpuddle. Well-drawn characters and a light tone make this English village mystery a particular pleasure.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O'Brien that someone in her old people's home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all.
With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. He also needs the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe's senior citizens; a...

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