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

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It opens with Delilah Metcalfe of Bruncliffe’s Dales Detective Agency struggling to meet the mounting demands for the agency’s services.

Rick Procter and Bernard Taylor, have gone into the illegal drugs business with villains who turn out to be the feared Karamanski brothers, Nico and Andrey of the Bulgarian mafia. He used iffy finance from the Karamanski brothers, Nico and Audrey, of the Bulgarian mafia to finance Fellside Hall, and when he fell behind with the payments they suggested a mutual arrangement - he used Bernard Taylor/ Taylor's Estate Agents to supply a series of remote rental properties where he ran cannabis farms using trafficked slave gangs supplied by the mafia.

Delilah and Samson are both likeable protagonists and I enjoyed the inclusion of Nina and Delilah’s nephew Nathan in the detective agency. Just as animals can be imprinted by humans if they spend too long with them, so I became imprinted with this amazing part of the world. Needing something to do to take his mind off all the emerging complexities of the case, Jimmy goes out to split and divide the rhubarb, but finds something buried there. The local police are Sgnt Clayton, PC Danny Bradley, DCI Frank Thistlethwaite, from a neighbouring force, and DC Jess Green, the liaison officer from the Met whom Samson doesn't trust.

Ruth Knowles does not like Samson - she had trouble in the past with Samson's then alcoholic father Joseph - but she knows the Mart is closed and in trouble financially and so will do all she can to help. Still, I feel that this is a series that I would advise is best to read from the beginning, which is something that I hope to do in the upcoming months. All of the elements of a standard cosy crime novel are present in this latest instalment of the Dales Detective. Its distinctive landscape and way of life provide the setting for her latest set of novels, the Dales Detective series. The series kicked off in 2017 with the publication of the first novel in the exciting series, which is titled Date with Death!Since Samson O’Brien started the Dales Detective Agency in the downstairs office of Delilah Metcalfe’s Dales Dating Agency, the calibre of drama has gone up a notch. The stakes are high, the danger greater than ever as the villain of the piece sees their plans fast unravelling, but will the Dales Detective Agency succeed in discovering the perpetrator, and will Bruncliffe be left unscathed, or will the village be scarred forever by the fallout of this last(? I greatly liked how J K Rowling had planned the whole of the Harry Potter series, and that the significance of what appears in early books only becomes clear in later books / at the end. The story starts with Delilah kissing Samson (at last), and going off to get a take away meal and bottle of wine.

Delilah croule sous les affaires pendant que Samson est à Londres, suite aux évènements du tome précédent. She runs the DDA - Dales Dating Agency - and is Samson's landlady - he also runs a DDA - the Dales Detective Agency. All the previously laid threads meet here and many are neatly tied up, although there's one more book (at least), so obviously not all of them.

She also has a hidden camera at Kamal Hussain's "Rice and Spice" restaurant where someone is stealing from the till. Following on from Date with Betrayal this new novel delights with its combination of beguiling charm and witty ingenuity. Joseph now lives at Fellside Hall, an "old folk's home," with good friends Arty Robinson, Eric, Edith Hird and her sister Clarissa. When I first moved to the Yorkshire Dales, I was still writing a series of books set in the French Pyrenees.

At Mile End Farm, Carol Kirby, Ida's cousin, is taking some night air (to get away from Clive's snoring) when she sees across the field, that the old Pete Ferris caravan is on fire. To have any future with Delilah, Samson simply must get his name cleared and we will need to read on to see what happens.This is book three in an excellent little series - the Dales Detective Series - set in Yorkshire and with two very strong characters who have been thrown together.

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