Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.
November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and overbearing local councillor Harold Everton drops dead into his bowl of consommé.
While the local police are still scrambling for their whistles, Kitty and Matt waste no time leaping into action. Soon they find themselves caught up a dangerous search to uncover who amongst the distinguished guests used cyanide for seasoning?
When their digging throws light on a corruption scandal brewing in the local council involving Everton’s assistant Thomas King, they are sure they’ve cracked the case. But before he can be questioned further, King’s body is found in a smouldering car wreck. Meanwhile, the murderer has made a sinister plan to avoid detection or punishment, and it will lead Kitty and Matt into a dangerous dance with death…
A fast, fun and utterly unputdownable Golden Age cozy murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss.
Author: Helena Dixon
Series: A Miss Underhay Mystery #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 367
Date of Publication: October 28, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Kitty Underhay has proved herself to be quite the amateur detective. Time and again, murder and other serious crimes prove to follow her wherever she goes. When Kitty is attending a dinner in place of her grandmother, someone drops dead after consuming a bowl of soup. There is no way Kitty could ignore what is going on. Along with dear friend and love interest Matthew Bryant, Kitty begins looking for answers.
It doesn't take Kitty and Matt long to recognize the cause of death and who they think could be the murderer, but a wrench is definitely thrown into the plans when another murder soon takes place. Will the pair be able to find out who is committing these murders, all the while keeping free from danger themselves? Political corruption seems to be behind these murders so Kitty and Matt leave no stone unturned. Along the way, Kitty continues her search for answers about the disappearance of her mother from years ago.
Having read the three previous books in the series, I am well acquainted with Kitty and Matt. However, each book has its own story so these could serve as standalone novels. However, as someone who truly enjoys continuity, I think other readers would enjoy this book more by reading this series in order. The 1930s time period, along with it being a cozy mystery, makes this book and the previous books delightful reads. The mix of historical fiction along with the mystery contained makes for a very good book that is rich with atmosphere and relatable characters. As Kitty and Matt become even closer, I am eager for the next book in this engaging series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty-five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts. She also writes historical 1930's set cozy crime as Helena Dixon.
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