Nachdem Samson O'Brien aus dem Polizeidienst entlassen wurde, kehrt er in seinen Heimatort Bruncliffe zurück, um dort eine Detektivagentur zu gründen - äußerst argwöhnisch beäugt von den Dorfbewohnern, nicht zuletzt von Delilah Metcalfe! Diese hat eh schon alle Hände voll zu tun, ihre Dating-Agentur am Leben und ihren Hund Tolpuddle unter Kontrolle zu halten. Die Dinge nehmen eine überraschende Wendung, als Samson den angeblichen Selbstmord eines Einheimischen untersuchen soll und eine Spur ihn direkt zu Delilah führt.
Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown 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 that 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.
A woman in tears in the Dales Detective Agency is never the best way to start the week. But when that woman is the wife of Bernard Taylor, town mayor and eminent businessman, there is even more cause for alarm. So when Nancy Taylor asks the detectives to investigate whether her husband is having an affair, Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe know they will have to tread carefully. The case, however, proves to be more complex than even they had imagined.
A fatal accident at Bruncliffe’s livestock auction mart leads to a call for detectives Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe. What starts as a simple health-and-safety investigation soon takes a sinister turn when they discover evidence that suggests murder. Clive Knowles approaches them for help – his sheep are being threatened by the gang of rustlers that is plaguing the Dales. Meanwhile, poacher Pete Ferris has also decided to play his hand, setting in motion a blackmail plot which will ensure Samson is pulled back into trouble with his nemesis Rick Procter.
Detective Samson O'Brien is ready to settle down to a nice cup of tea, but it's not long before he's called on for help with a new case. In order to execute a recent will, solicitor Matty Thistlethwaite requires a copy of a death certificate for a young woman who died when Samson was a child. It should be straightforward, but things in Bruncliffe rarely are. Particularly when Matty insists that Delilah Metcalfe, with her wealth of local knowledge, works alongside Samson on the sensitive investigation.
Deuxième volet d'une série so british, "Rendez-vous avec le mal" est un polar drôle, plein de charme et au casting haut en couleur. Quand Mme Shepherd vient voir Samson O'Brien à l'Agence de Recherche des Vallons, convaincue que quelqu'un essaie de la tuer, le détective privé pense avoir affaire à une vieille dame un peu sénile.
It's dark in the Dales this winter.... When Mrs Shepherd arrives at the Dales Detective Agency on a December morning, quite convinced that someone is trying to kill her, Samson O'Brien dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after a series of disturbing incidents at Fellside Court retirement home, he begins to wonder if there is something to her claims after all.... With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into a complex investigation.
Date with Poison is the brilliant fourth novel in Julia Chapman's Dales Detective Agency series and is perfect of fans of M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin series and Gervase Phinn. A young teenager has gone missing. Can Samson O'Brien and Delilah Metcalfe find him? Spring is in the air in Bruncliffe. But not everyone is filled with the joys of the season. Implicated in the murder of a man in Leeds, the Dales Detective Agency’s Samson O’Brien is facing tough questions from the police....
Quand Samson O'Brien débarque sur sa moto rouge à Bruncliffe, dans le Yorkshire, pour y ouvrir son agence de détective privé, la plupart des habitants voient son arrivée d'un très mauvais œil. De son côté, Delilah Metcalfe, génie de l'informatique au caractère bien trempé, tente de sauver de la faillite son site de rencontres amoureuses. Pour cela, elle décide de louer le rez-de-chaussée de ses locaux.