The Emily Castles Mysteries

Entertaining new mystery series from bestselling British author Helen Smith.

These standalone stories can be read in any order, but if you would like to start at the beginning, this is the Emily Castles Mysteries series order:

1 Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries) ISBN: 978-0956517074
2 Showstoppers (Emily Castles Mysteries) ISBN: 978-0956517067
3 Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries) ISBN: 978-1477807309
4 Beyond Belief (Emily Castles Mysteries) ISBN: 978-1477849729
5 Real Elves (Emily Castles Mysteries) ISBN: 978-0956517081

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Three Sisters
Title: Three Sisters
Series: Emily Castles Mysteries
Author: Helen Smith
ISBN: 978-0956517074
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Three Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this popular new British mystery series.

Emily receives an invitation to a party in a large house at the end of her street, hosted by a mysterious troupe of circus performers. She accepts, despite her misgivings, because her dog has died and she needs cheering up. But when she witnesses a murder in the midst of the surreal entertainment, no one will believe what she has seen. Is Emily befuddled with grief at the loss of her pet? Or has something wicked happened in plain sight of all the party-goers? Emily and her eccentric neighbours attempt to discover the truth in a charming story that will have you giggling at every funny line.

Title: Showstoppers
Series: Emily Castles Mysteries
Author: Helen Smith
ISBN: 978-0956517067
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In this zany second outing for twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbour Victoria in London. As parents and prospective new pupils turn up at the end of term show - where prizes will be handed out by eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel and famous romance novelist Morgana Blakely - Emily deals with a blackmail threat and two deaths, before teaming up with the guests of honour to try to prevent a massacre happening live on stage.

The funny lines will keep you giggling as you race through this madcap story to discover whether Emily and her friends will triumph over disaster.

Chosen as a Favorite Book of the Year by Julie’s Book Reviews.

Cozy Mysteries for fans of MC Beaton's Hamish MacBethTitle: Invitation to Die
Series: Emily Castles Mysteries
Author: Helen Smith
ISBN: 978-1477807309
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Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work… again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die.

As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible. Could it be one of the organizers, one of the authors, a member of the hotel staff, or even the supplier of the chocolates for the conference gift bags? Emily teams up with guest speaker and eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to find out.

Offbeat and engaging, this entertaining comic mystery is the first full-length novel featuring amateur British sleuth Emily Castles.

Cozy Mysteries for fans of MC Beaton's Hamish MacBethTitle: Beyond Belief
Series: Emily Castles Mysteries
Author: Helen Smith

ISBN: 978-1477849729
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When famous psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts that someone will drown at the Belief and Beyond conference in the seaside town of Torquay, twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles is recruited to investigate.

The potential victim of this “future crime” is celebrated magician Edmund Zenon. He provokes outrage and excitement by offering £50,000 to anyone who can prove the existence of the paranormal, then announces he will stage a daring walking-on-water stunt the same weekend.

Potential suspects include local fortune-teller Madame Nova; kindly Bobby Blue Suit and his three psychic dachshunds; grieving parents Sarah and Tim Taylor; and religious cult members Hilary, Trina, and the Colonel.

Edmund Zenon doesn’t believe he’s in danger. If he’s right, Emily will enjoy a weekend of séances and positivity circles, puzzling over nothing more troubling than the fish supper menu at the Poisson d’Avril restaurant.

But if he’s wrong, Emily will have to use good old-fashioned detective skills to solve the case. Fortunately her friend and neighbour, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel, is on hand to assist.

Real Elves

Title: Real Elves
Series: Emily Castles Short Mysteries
Author: Helen Smith
ISBN: 978-0956517081
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In a department store in London, a little girl called Sophie visits Santa’s magical forest with her grandfather. As they emerge from the forest, Sophie’s grandfather reports her missing… but the little girl’s right there. Is she a ghost, a twin, an alien abductee—or is there some simpler explanation? Twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles has fifteen minutes to figure out the puzzle before the police are called and Christmas is ruined.

This short mystery is a standalone story set in London. It first appeared in the anthology Naughty or Nice in aid of Kids Need to Read.

Emily Castles is a twenty-six-year-old Londoner who lives in Brixton, south London, where I live. The London that you'll find in the Emily Castles Mysteries has familiar locations and landmarks. But it has a village feel that is typical in cozy mystery books (and not very typical of a big city like London): neighbors know each other and help each other out.

I started out reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Arthur Conan Doyle, and I go back to their stories time and again, both on the page and on TV and film. Miss Marple has to be one of my all-time favorite characters in a book! More recently, I have enjoyed mysteries written by Charlaine Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and MC Beaton.

With the Emily Castles Mysteries, I wanted to create stories that use some of the enduringly popular ingredients from the golden age of British crime writing, but I have set them in the present day. Emily herself, with her dimples and her dark brown hair, her sweet nature, her good humour and her love of solving mysteries, is partly based on my daughter, who is around the same age. Unlike my daughter, Emily will never get older... only a little wiser, perhaps, and a little more adept at sleuthing as the series develops.

Like all my books, the Emily Castles Mysteries feature strong, interesting female characters, and plenty of funny lines. But unlike the other books, there's no profanity. There are no drug references or sexual references. These are clean, comic mysteries that can be enjoyed by readers of any age. They're slightly camp and very British. They're not to be taken too seriously. I hope readers will enjoy them and keep coming back for more.

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