The Authors Bookshelf – Alice Castle @DDsDiary


Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week on the bookshelf I have author Alice Castle. I have only recently got to know Alice and I’m so pleased to be sharing her answers here and details of her book The Girl in the Gallery which I am certain all my mystery fan friends will absolutely adore!

Welcome to The Bookshelf Alice Castle…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I had a beautiful boxed set of Moomin books by Tove Jansson. I also had loads of the Just William books by Richmal Crompton. There was plenty of crime in these, but only one culprit!

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I’ve recently been given Resort to Murder by my lovely friend TP Fielden

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Just read X by Sue Grafton.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Tricky 22 by Janet Evanovich, Dead Man’s Time by Peter James, Out of Bounds by Val McDermid, The Widow by Fiona Barton, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Anything new by Simon Brett, love his stories. Y by Sue Grafton must be coming soon, which is great. M C Beaton must be due to publish a new Agatha Raisin. Lots to look forward to!

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Patricia Highsmith’s Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery are both out this year, featuring my single mum amateur detective, Beth Haldane. It’s been a busy 12 months but I’m really proud to have had the books published.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The best book ever. No murders, but you can’t have everything.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
I’m finishing Calamity in Catford (Edit: this is now Calamity in Camberwell) at the moment, it should be out in 2018. It’s the third book starring Beth Haldane, amateur detective and single mum.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Alice Castle’s Bookshelf

About Alice Castle

Alice Castle - Bookshelf

Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.

Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. The third instalment in the London Murder Mystery series, it will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is entitled The Calamity in Catford. Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at

She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

The Bookshelf


Thank you so much for taking part Alice! It’s been a pleasure having you and really interesting to see what you have been reading. I wish you all the best with your Beth Haldane series.

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know!

I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.


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