Date with Mystery

Julia Chapman

10 November 2022
464 pages


The close-knit community of a Yorkshire village is rocked when local secrets are revealed in Date with Mystery, the third cosy crime novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective series. Perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and M. C. Beaton.

The Dales Detective Agency’s latest assignment appears to be an open and shut case. But, hired by a local solicitor to find a death certificate for a young woman who died over twenty years ago, Samson O’Brien is about to find out that things in Bruncliffe are rarely that straightforward.

Things get particularly complicated when the solicitor insists that Delilah Metcalfe, with her wealth of local knowledge, works alongside Samson on this sensitive investigation. Delilah is eager to help, needing to take her mind off the impending custody case for her precious dog, Tolpuddle, and problems with her dating agency.

As Samson and Delilah begin their inquiries they soon become embroiled in a mystery that has lain at the heart of the town for decades. But, in uncovering the truth, have they exposed secrets that some would prefer remained buried?

Full of wit, warmth and comforting characters, continue the riveting mystery series with Date with Poison.

Praise for The Dales Detective series:

'Enlivened with numerous subplots, the story moves at a cracking pace' – Daily Mail

'Bags of Yorkshire charm and wit' – Northern Echo

'A classic whodunnit' – Cath Staincliffe, author of Blue Murder

'Full of dry wit and clever plotting' – Countryside

'Chapman delivers on every level' – Lancashire Evening Post

Bags of Yorkshire charm and wit
A delightful read
A classic whodunnit set in the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, written with affection for the area and its people. A satisfying read riddled with dry Yorkshire humour (and dry-stone walls)