Date with Death: A Dales Detective Mystery by Julia Chapman

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Date with Death: A Dales Detective MysteryDate with Death: A Dales Detective Mystery by Julia Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delilah Metcalfe is a struggling business woman trying to keep her two businesses afloat with the bank breathing down her neck. When Samson O’Brien arrives back into town after leaving everything behind more than a decade before and not even returning for his best friend’s funeral he doesn’t find himself with a warm welcome. In fact Delilah doesn’t want to take him on as a tenant but breaks down and signs the lease because she could really use the money.

Samson has decided to return home to set up a detective agency while on leave from his job in law enforcement after he found himself attacked. Samson knows his hometown would be far from the problems of his job and hopefully they wouldn’t follow him home. His first case has him crossing paths with Delilah though when he needs to investigate the death of a man that had been a customer of Delilah’s dating service. When more deaths follow the two team up to solve just what is happening in their small town.

Date with Death is the first book in the new cozy mystery series, The Dales Detective. Now when we start with the two main characters being Samson and Delilah I wondered if this wouldn’t just be a silly story but it actually turned out to be a pretty good mystery.

There was a good amount of character building in the story and I felt I got to know the town well. I really liked both the main characters and the small town every knows everyone vibe going on. The mystery had me guessing as to the how’s and why’s for quite a while and was interesting to follow along. I’d definitely be interested in what is in store for Samson and Delilah in any future books.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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