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Date with Deceit
Date with Deceit

Date with Deceit

The Dales Detective Series


432 Pages, 5.12 x 7.76

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781529049572

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (Aug 2021)

Price: $15.95


Julia Chapman's sixth Dales Detectives Agency novel, Date with Deceit, sees Delilah going undercover at a shoot involving dangerous criminals and where a man is shot. Perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton and Gervase Phinn.A woman in tears in the Dales Detective Agency is never the best way to start the week. But when that woman is the wife of Bernard Taylor, town mayor and eminent businessman, there is even more cause for alarm. So when she asks the detectives to discover whether her husband is having an affair, Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe know they will have to tread carefully as they proceed to take on the case.The case however, proves to be more complex than even they had imagined. While Delilah is undercover at the local shoot to better keep tracks on the errant husband, she unwittingly becomes a witness when a man is shot. When Samson to help the police with their investigations, it’s not long before the Dales Detective Agency is embroiled in far more than simply keeping tabs on the town’s mayor. The detective duo will soon discover that deceit is rife in Bruncliffe. And it may well prove deadly.


"[Chapman] delivers an engaging twist on the lonely­hearts killer motif. [Samson and Delilah's] developing friendship and suggestions of coming scandals in Bruncliffe should leave readers eager for the sequel."--Publishers Weekly on Date with Death

"An engaging cast of characters and a cleverly clued puzzle move Chapman's debut to the top of the English village murder list."--Kirkus Reviews on Date with Death

"An atmospheric traditional mystery with a vivid sense of place and spirited characters who drive the engaging plot."--Library Journal on Date with Death

"Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny's village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the Dales town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents. The ongoing suspenseful story line will keep series fans hooked."--Library Journal (starred) on Date with Malice

"Chapman vividly describes Yorkshire in winter. Cozy fans looking for good, clean fun will be satisfied."--Publishers Weekly on Date with Malice

"Well-drawn characters and a light tone make this English village mystery a particular pleasure."--Booklist on Date with Malice

"Chapman's second entry positions her well in the world of village-life detection, with just enough puzzle, just enough romance, and more than its share of wacky villagers."--Kirkus Reviews on Date with Malice

Author Biography

Julia Chapman is the pseudonym of Julia Stagg, who has had five novels, the Fogas Chronicles set in the French Pyrenees, published by Hodder. Date with Deceit is the sixth novel in the Dales Detective series, following on from Date with Danger.