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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477849726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477849729
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,521,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Canada and Germany. They have been praised in The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Time Out and Wired.com and appeared on "best of the year" lists in For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent and the Guardian. Her books have been optioned by the BBC.

Helen Smith travelled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Since then, she has read at literary events and festivals in London and New York and points in between - including, most recently, a cruise ship en route to California via the Suez Canal. Her work has been read or performed at the National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Amnesty International's Headquarters, The Edinburgh Festival and The University of London. She's a Literary Death Match champion and the recipient of an Arts Council of England award.

Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Crime Writers' Association and English PEN.

"Smith is gin-and-tonic funny." Booklist

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The wonderful plot makes for a very unusual mystery, and readers will be enthralled by the cast of characters presented. Suspense Magazine

I love a mystery with a spunky amateur sleuth, and Helen Smith has created a great little cozy series with the charming Emily Castles... Like most of Helen’s books, there’s shades of Agatha Christie and hints of Mary Higgins Clark...I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s intriguing and entertaining. I think it’ll spice up a long winter night now that we’ve passed the holiday season and are into the dreary months. Skip the dreary and enjoy a cozy little mystery! Criminal Element

All crime fiction readers will find this a quick and fun read. Fans of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin or Simon Brett’s Mrs Pargeter series will enjoy the humour and slightly surreal quality of this novel. Crime Fiction Lover

This was the first Helen Smith book I had read, and while it's reminiscent of an old-school Agatha Christie novel, it comes with the author’s own unique spin on it. Beyond Belief is light-hearted, quirky, and extremely British. The Geekery Book Review

About the Author

British novelist Helen Smith’s previous titles include Alison Wonderland, Being Light, and The Miracle Inspector, as well as the Emily Castles mystery series. She resides in London.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Caroline Raeburn on 9 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed the first novel in the series and this was even better - Emily gets into her sleuthing stride here. Barely put it down until it was finished!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaime A. Geraldi on 23 Feb 2014
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This murder mystery contains an entire boat load of characters that will appeal to readers everywhere. Fans of thrills, chills and pulse-racing plots will also enjoy Smith's novel because it's humorous at times which gives us them a chance to catch their breath. A wild array of personalities keeps the storyline moving swiftly all the way up to the big finish. The author's imagination and world building is top notch, and this is an extremely entertaining addition to the Emily Castles Mysteries.
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Emily Castles is somewhat dismayed to be employed as a 'Future Crimes Investigator', a concept that she regards with great suspicion. Emily travels to Torquay with her friend and mentor Dr Muriel to attend a Belief and Beyond Conference. At the beautiful and busy seaside town Emily encounters a vast cast of eccentric and flamboyant characters, including the famous magician Edmund Zenon who is planning a walking on water 'stunt' and the popular psychic and 'horrorscope' writer Perspicacious Peg. (My personal favourites are the psychic dachshunds.) Of course, death and danger soon occur and Emily is deeply involved in investigating murders that are very much in the present. Helen Smith's characters are outrageous and funny but she also has the gift of engaging the reader's sympathy, especially for bereaved parents, Tim and Sarah, and their quest to contact their dead son. The Emily Castles series is going from strength to strength and Beyond Belief is a page-turning read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah VINE VOICE on 8 April 2014
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Emily Castle is gaining a reputation as a future crimes investigator, something she herself doesn't even think she believes in! This time Emily has been brought in to investigate the vision of one psychic called Perspicacious Peg that someone will be drowned at a conference in Torquay. We follow Emily to Torquay to be introduced to multiple interesting characters including Bobby Blue Suit and his psychic sausage dogs, and Madame Nova (with her wierd obsession with pantomime wigs). As the conference progresses the bodies mount up and Emily starts to worry for her own safety, with good reason!

I really enjoyed this little book, so much so that i sat down one Sunday morning to start it and didn't get up until i had finished it later that day. The book did cause me a little confusion at the beginning as lots of new characters were introduced with nothing to seemingly link them. But once i'd got through the first couple of chapters everything made a little more sense and i really started to enjoy myself. I have to say that i didn't figure out who was murdering everyone until right at the very end , which in my book means that this was a very well written mystery.

Overall i would definitely recommend this as a bit of cosy reading, nothing too taxing but really enjoyable. Helen Smith has joined my list of authors to look out for in the future.

This is technically book three in the series but i haven't read any of the others and felt that it worked very well as a stand alone. I didn't feel that i was missing anything not having read the first few book/novellas in the series.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Salisbury TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb 2014
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Beyond Belief is the fourth in Helen Smith's series of Emily Castles mysteries. This fascinating story unfolds during a weekend conference on the paranormal held in a British seaside resort. Emily Castles, part-time London sleuth, is co-opted by a Royal Society to investigate a premonition of murder.

The reader is destined to meet a collection of delightfully eccentric conference attendees and local residents, all connected in some way with different aspects of the paranormal. Helen Smith's characters are always extremely well-observed and in Beyond Belief even the secondary characters receive their individual splashes of colour and contrast. Each has something to prove, or an axe to grind, and a theory about the predicted murder. Meanwhile a magician, who uses the conference to stage a publicity stunt, draws most of the attention and all of the crowds. With rumours spreading about who is to die and how, everyone is just a little on edge.

This book is at least as intriguing as the previous Emily Castles ones and, being longer, has many more red herrings and deaths occurring in suspicious circumstances. I am very happy to say that my favourite character (aside from Emily) the delightful Dr Muriel, is on hand to support the sleuth in her endeavours. However, even she is unable to anticipate the danger that is stalking Emily herself.

The mystery is expertly constructed and is written in Helen Smith's unmistakable style. The final chapter is extremely clever, providing the story with an exceptionally strong and satisfying ending which maintains, right to the conclusion, a mystery within a mystery. Any fan of Helen Smith's Emily Castles stories should be delighted with this one and will doubtless wish to read it more than once.

This is an exceptional book, which I recommend to all mystery lovers. Looking forward to the next one…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb 2014
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Beyond belief is the second outing for Emily Castles. This time she is invited to attend a conference of psychics and the like and report on it in a scientific matter.

This is a cosy mystery with some over the top characters and unlikely murders.

I enjoyed this story but it wasn't unputdownable as I put it down and read a few books in between, although I did get back into it and then didn't put it back down until I finished it.

I like this type of story, gently comedic, with murders that aren't bloody or full of gore. I didn't quite get why Emily was there or what she was doing or even what was in her report, but that wasn't important, she was the voice bringing things together.

This was an enjoyable gentle read.
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