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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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Having published a series of novels set in the idyllic French Pyrenees, she has now turned her hand to crime. She’s confident that this is a great move that is going to help her make some money and finally start getting those ends to meet.

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. Mostly Julia has worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language, but she has also dabbled in bookselling, pawnbroking, waitressing, and on a supermarket checkout till. 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. Little do the detective duo know that several of their cases are about to collide, as what appears to be a simple matter of identifying the whereabouts of the missing man becomes something far more sinister.

The obvious exception is the perpetrator, who is, in melodramatic fashion, particularly evil and sociopathic. It’s book eight of the series so Julia dispenses with most of the backstories that some authors would use to pad out their stories. Milan leaves a loaded gun lying about, Ana finds it, and hides it in Gareth's car (the gun room was locked).

Ida Capstick, the newly appointed member of the investigations team, is distracted by her brother George’s belief that their farm is haunted. This one is slightly darker than the previous seven books, but ties up neatly with the baddie *finally* getting caught. Joseph now lives at Fellside Hall, an "old folk's home," with good friends Arty Robinson, Eric, Edith Hird and her sister Clarissa. 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.This latest instalment had the now expected mix of mystery, comedy and acutely observed village life. Great descriptions of the landscape, characters and the shenanigans of the locals who inhabit her pages.

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