The fourth novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective Agency series begins with Samson O’Brien being questioned by the police about a murder. Then the nephew of Delilah, his business partner, accused of being under Samson’s influence, runs away from home. And a worrying spate of canine poisonings happens throughout the village. Will Delilah forgive Samson’s transgressions? Will the Dales Detective Agency succeed in finding Delilah’s nephew and the poisoner?
❤️ What I liked about Date with Poison by Julia Chapman
🐑 Setting and nature. Spring in Bruncliffe seems idyllic. Reading the book, you can picture fluffy cute little lambs jumping all over the place and feel the sun warming you up.
🔍 Delilah and Samson. I’m really fond of these two. They are funny, smart and caring. At the beginning of the book, a big misunderstanding seems to crack their personal and professional relationship… I was so upset I almost decided to give up reading!
📑 Different layers. In this fourth book of the series, we still don’t get to the bottom of Samson’s past problems and Rick Proctor’s nefarious activities. I appreciate that, in each instalment, there isn’t only one storyline but at least two or three.
To the score
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 I read this book last month, but I never had time to review it, so I am doing it now (shame on me). Date with Poison is a nice cosy mystery, very well-plotted, with lovely characters and a stunning setting. I am currently reading the fifth book of the series, Date with Danger, and loving it as well.