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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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Briefly Joseph was an alcoholic, the farm was failing, and he wanted Samson to infect their sheep with Foot and Mouth to get government compensation.

Back in the UK she and her husband lived in Manchester, but spent happy weekends in Austwick, a little Yorkshire Dales village about five miles north west of Settle. This is the eighth book in the Dales Detective series and follows almost directly on after the events of the previous book. As a child, growing up on Twistletown farm, Samson was sent to the butcher each week to get the family supplies with a pittance, and unbeknown to the young lad, the kindly village butcher's wife would slip in a little free extra. With missing washing, produce thefts and inheritance investigations among others they have little time to spare when Mrs Lister visits and insists that her estate agent son, Stuart, is not backpacking abroad and is missing. Samson tells the gypsies (and Delilah) that his grandmother was a traveller and he has no prejudices against gypsies.Much of this book reads like the final in a series as the three main plots running throughout all come to an end. The pair have become embroiled in several cases that put them smack bang in the path of danger and in a ‘will-they, won’t-they’ relationship. When Pete Ferris had rescued Nathan from an isolated moors building now being run as an illegal cannabis farm, he took pictures through it's window capturing two prominent Bruncliffe businessmen - Rick Procter and mayor Bernard Taylor.

She is also the author of the Dales Detective series which follows the adventures of Samson O'Brien and Delilah Metcalfe as they solve cases in the Yorkshire Dales. and murder, has become a go to for me for reading slump rescue recommendations, reading clubs, and just getting out of the doldrums in general, and this was to be a culmination of so many different story threads, and Julia Chapman did it! As usual, the use of strings of 'someone doing or having done something' phrases impeded the flow: a little variation in sentence structure would make the stories read even better. Samson has rediscovered some of his old shepherding skills, and sheep loving Will, Delilah brother seems won over - for this Christmas anyway. Dee's husband, Neil Taylor ran off with another woman, leaving Dee struggling financially but too proud to tell her family.

Richard had moved back to Brunscliffe with his wife and their two children about 3 years ago, but the wife could not setle, and left with the children.

The narration is so good and she’s kept all the same character voices all the same through the series too. My goodness I was racing through the pages to find out what happened/who did what/ who would survive. Arty sends out a Whatsappp message to the same Bruncliffe group that formed to protect Samson from the hitman about a month ago.

Delilah has an elaborate plan that includes Ida Capstick manning a headquarters, switching trackers, having Samson wear a bright yellow target jumper, have a decoy similarly dressed, switching mobile phones, having a sniper backup, etc, etc. Apparently Ted Metcalfe's future champion sheepdog dog Belle is another victim, but he will still compete in the sheepdog trials with novice Ned. Another DDA client, Stuart Lister, a newly qualified estate agent is almost the fourth victim, but he survives. This is the first book I've read waiting for its release - because I discovered The Dales Detective when the previous books were already published - and I read them, one after the other, last year. I liked the bit where Troy, the landlord of The Fleece, was tasked with using his people reading skill to identify the likely hitman.

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