Tuesday 17 January 2023


Book review: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett [blog tour]

I am a HUGE fan of Janice Hallett's clever murder mystery novels. They're imaginatively formatted, filled with great characters and even greater puzzels, and – most importantly – have a stonkin' good story at the heart of them. To celebrate her latest book in style, I'm thrilled to be part of the official blog tour, where I was challenged to turn my hand to writing my review in a different format, so here goes...

To my partner in crime, 

As you may have heard, there are new developments in the case of The Alperton Angels. We thought that this was the last we'd hear about the cult that killed themselves when they thought they failed to murder the baby they presumed to be the anti-Christ, but we were wrong. 

Writers Amanda Bailey and Oliver Menzies are looking for the baby that survived the massacre, to finally try to get to the root of the mystery of what happened 18 years ago and who each of the Angels were. Hopefully they cannot find them. For now, the writers are not even sure if they're looking for a boy or a girl. So the secret is still safe.

Let's have a closer look at Amanda and Oliver in the meantime. Why are they SO reluctant to share their research and contacts to work on their books together? 

We need to uncover what is clouding their judgment and use this information to stop them from finding out the truth about The Alperton Angels once and for all...


A good citizen 

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To a good citizen,

I've uncovered a third writer working on the case going by the name of Janice Hallett. 

Up until this point she's been presumed to write fiction stories, but her readers do not know she has turned her hand to true crime for her latest novel. 

She's getting awfully close to the truth of The Alperton Angels as she's researching whether the cult members' deaths were by the hand of mere humans or of a supernatural nature. 

And, side note, she's turned the case into an extremely compelling page-turner that will undoubtedly attract a whole slew of new readers-turned-amateur-detectives to the story. 

We must stop her from getting closer and finishing this book. We cannot risk the truth being exposed. You know what might happen if it does. 


Your partner in crime 

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To my partner in crime, 

You are not wrong, Janice Hallett's page proofs are INCREDIBLY gripping. She has compiled so much about The Alperton Angels, some of which is even new to me! 

And the way she shifts the narrative from Amanda to Oliver, interspersed with pages from film scripts and snippets of research, really kept me on my toes. 

She's doing some of our hard work for us, have you already read the reveal about how the two writers know each other? I was gobsmacked when I got to that point in her work-in-progress. 

If I wasn't involved myself, I'd add this novel to my top reads of the year. But as it stands, this book must not see the light of day. We cannot have more people gaining interest in The Alperton Angels and discover what has been hiding in plain sight all along. 

You know what to do. 


A good citizen. 

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To a good citizen, 

Say no more. The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett will not get published. 

It's kind of a shame, as it's an incredibly well-written, original, and fascinating insight into what happened in North London all those years ago. But some secrets are worth burying forever. 

People aren't ready to know the truth. 


Your partner in Crime

The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett is published by Viper Books and you can now buy a copy from your favourite local book shop!

Blog tour stops for The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels

This review for The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett is a part of the official blog tour across social media for the launch of the book. Make sure to check out the other stops too!

Disclaimer: This book was gifted to me by the publisher, but this has not impacted this honest review.

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