Jacket for 'A Date with Death: The Dales Detective Series'


UK - Macmillan
USA - St Martin's Press
Denmark - People's Press
France - Laffont
Estonia - Eesti Raamat
Netherlands - Luitingh-Sijthoff
Sweden - Printz Publishing

A Date with Death: The Dales Detective Series

By Julia Chapman

Published Mar 2017



Murder’s no cup of tea…


A charming new series for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Midsomer Murders.

Samson O’Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his home town of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name.   However, the people of Bruncliffe aren’t welcoming to a man they see as trouble.

Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat – as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle.  Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he is discovering a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah’s dating agency.

With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realise that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths.  But this is easier said than done…


A classic whodunit…riddled with dry Yorkshire humour (and dry stone walls).

Cath Staincliffe


Great fun!

Carol Drinkwater