Troubador The Love Detective: Next Level

Released: 28/09/2019

ISBN: 9781838590574

eISBN: 9781838596934

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Love Detective: Next Level


Note to self: Do not screw this up. 

When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. Shouldn’t be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. Things just got Next Level. 

BOOK LAUNCH 28th September 2018!

BLOG TOUR - 21st September - 8th October
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* The Love Detective signing at Waterstones Hemel Hempstead. Saturday 30th March from 12pm.
* The Love Detective signing at Waterstones Ashford. Saturday 6th April
* Reviewing the papers with Allison Ferns on the Afternoon Show BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey. Tuesday 9th April
* The Love Detective signing at One Tree Books in Petersfield. Saturday 13th April from 10.30am
* On the panel of Killer Girls Night In at The Discovery Centre Winchester. Thursday evening 2nd May
* The Love Detective signing at The Bookshop East Grinstead. Saturday 4th May from 10am
* The Love Detective signing at Waterstones Uxbridge. Saturday 11th May from 12pm

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This book is one that truly has a little bit for everyone. It was a very enjoyable read. The characters were well developed and the plot line was extremely well thought out.

by Erin

This was a great read. Once you pick it up and start it you won't want to put it down. The characters were well thought out and developed and the book had many laugh out loud moments and a great plot with twists.

by Stephanie Mercer

This was a great read. Once you pick it up and start it you won't want to put it down. The characters were well thought out and developed and the book had many laugh out loud moments and a great plot with twists.

by Stephanie

The Love Detective Next Level is the first book I have read by Angela Dyson. Clarry Pennhaligan is a waitress/sometimes amateur detective – depending on the state of her finances. When a friend of a friend’s mother needs help finding out just why her daughter is being so secretive Clarry soon finds herself on a new case. What starts off as a simple matter of attending a few ‘women’s’ group meetings escalates into something more sinister and Clarry soon discovers some secrets are worth killing for. This time has she bitten off more than she can chew?

When I started reading this book I was expecting a cosy, easy read, something along the lines of a young Miss Marple and ended up pleasantly surprised by a gripping mystery full of twists and turns and fantastic detail in the narrative that grabbed my attention from the start. The character of Clarry is well rounded and seems older than her years but then she’d do something without thinking it through and her impulsiveness would shine through. I loved the supporting cast of characters as well especially Flan and her relationship with Clarry. Their friendship is so beautiful to read and very believable despite the 50 year age gap and if this series is ever to made into a TV show Honor Blackman would be perfect in the role. She is who I pictured in my mind every time I read a scene involving Flan. Hopefully if this series continues we’ll see Clarry’s relationship with Ed develop further. He might just be what she needs to keep her feet on the ground and out of trouble. My one complaint about this book is an unanswered question that technically isn’t part of the plot. Who’s body was it in the basement?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series

by Liz

Clarry Pennhaligan is a waitress, she’s also an amateur sleuth.

One of her colleagues, has a friend who needs help….and she will pay! So obviously Clarry takes the job.

Vanessa’s well to do mother, wants Clarry to snoop on a group of women, she feels are the ‘wrong’ people for her daughter to associate with… might damage the 21 year olds marriage prospects!!!!

So, Clarry finds a way to befriend Vanessa, and gets invited to a secret meeting …Blessed Be! A group of witches, raising money for a wellness centre …but is there something more sinister going on?

This just fizzes along, it’s beautifully light, descriptive writing really gives a sense of the events, while also dealing with the darker side of the story.

I love Clarry and her sense of humour. She feels like a real person, with her inner thoughts, her healthy body image and appetite to match. Another great character is Flan, Clarry’s friend, a 70 year old woman who exudes glamour, fun and sheer enjoyment of life. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series….

by Lesley

Dyson’s new Clarry Pennhaligan novel is a treasure to behold. I have to admit that I am a sucker for this kind of mystery thriller that is homespun with its unique cast of characters set in a domestic setting with exciting results. This a pure winner and I can’t wait for another instalment. Saying that, I will be purchasing the first in the series due to my love of the content.

The Love Detective: The Next Level is one of those novels that warms the heart, urges the reader to be fully invested while at the same time taking twists and turns as it makes its way to the climax. Using South London as the basis and setting is pure genius and roots the novel in reality. I love how Dyson is able to incorporate the small town mentality that lies within the many suburbs of a metropolis that is London itself.

The characters are wonderfully put together and the main character Clarry is a treasure to behold. With her strong female stance, showing enough vulnerability and strength and never once over stepping this balance to make her fully flushed out. Flan is a simple work of genius and love her free spirited and her bohemian outlook on life. Her many loves flowing in an out of the story really keeps things fun and light.

Dyson has a full understanding on what makes her characters tick. From the new characters introduced through the mystery itself, she really captures the class system within the UK without over egging the pudding. The group of women who form the nucleus of the mystery are very well drawn and makes you actually feel for them and their circumstances. This is a feather in the author’s cap.

The plot is outstanding and flows. Never does the author pigeon-hole plot points to try to make the story work. The story works organically and Dyson seems to be a master on how to put a mystery together with different twists and turns to keep it interesting. There is also a lot of empathy for some of the characters plot. There is a love interest that works well within the plot but doesn’t over indulge itself and feels natural to the characters and plot.

Overall, this is a winning combination and although I may be a bit prejudice as I love these sort of homespun mysteries, this is one of the best and a great way to start off the new year. Incredible characters, fantastic plot and so much readable that the only one down point is that you feel the loss of a friend after you read the final words written and can’t wait to revisit them again. This is a total winner and one that every reader should rejoice in reading. A pure satisfied hit. Five stars.

by Keith

I enjoyed reading this book by Angela Dyson. The main character, Clarry, is a waitress who also is an amateur sleuth on the side. She takes a case from a concerned mother whose daughter joined a group of witches. I plan to go back and read the first book by Angela and can't wait to read the next too!

by Becky

I loved the first book in this series by Angela Dyson and was wondering how the sequel would fair since so much of the first novel was about being inexperienced. This did not disappoint! Clarry is back and another case falls into her lap so she continues her side business. What is so great about this series is that Clarry doesn't do as so many fictional detectives seem to and have some magical skill that makes her the best woman for the job. She gets accidentally trapped places, she get caught and she comes to realizations slowly. However, it is Clarry's realness that makes her such a fun character to read about and the side characters along the way keep things fun. I mean, who doesn't love a chubby female detective whose best sidekicks are an elderly undertaker and a spunky elderly lady with a penchant for being nosy? These books have great mysteries and although you may be able to guess who the "bad guy" is, the trip to Clarry solving it and the events along the way make it so much fun!

by NetGalley review

Angela Dyson

ANGELA DYSON ditched her London life and downsized her home to move to the sticks in Surrey, to follow her dream to become a professional author. She loves to write but to pay the bills (Angela soon discovered that utility companies, bank managers and landlords aren't known for their generosity and understanding natures,) she had to squeeze the writing in with working for a living. Some of the jobs to which she only gave half her attention have included working for a recording studio and a record label, running a building maintenance company where pretty much the only upside was getting to boss a lot of men about all day, doing a bit of plus size modelling (strictly clothes on) and, for one memorable summer, making a living reading palms on a Greek Island.

Thankfully, Angela is now able to spend much more of her time engaging in my true passion - writing. She pens columns for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, has won awards for my short stories and is excited to be beginning her blogging journey with the creation of her website.

Even more excitingly, she is about to be a published author! Her debut novel, The Love Detective, will be released on 28th September 2018. So Angela now has a busy summer ahead promoting her new work.

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