Wednesday, October 19, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Murder on Board


Kitty Underhay is drowning… in murder.

Kitty Underhay hopes for plain sailing as she caters a 21st birthday party for the Chief Constable’s daughter aboard a luxury paddle steamer. So her heart sinks when she learns that the man her fiancĂ© Matthew has been tailing on orders from Whitehall, Gunther Freiburg, is aboard. And she’s even more horrified when she steps below deck to 
discover Gunther, dead in the engine room. One of the Chief Constable’s party must be responsible for his demise, but who, and why?

And the evening is on course for further disaster. As the lights go out around the candlelit cake, a terrible scream rings out over the merry hubbub. 
A priceless diamond necklace has been snatched from around the birthday girl’s neck… Something fishy is going on, but is this the work of the same sailing assassin, or is it a red herring?

With the local inspector in deep water having to investigate his own boss, Kitty and Matt dive in to help. But when Kitty’s eavesdropping puts her in mortal danger, 
will everything turn out shipshape, or will it be her turn to go swimming with the fishes…?

A totally cozy, absolutely gripping historical murder mystery! The perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Title:   Murder on Board
Author:  Helena Dixon
Series:  Miss Underhay #10
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   250
Date of Publication:   October 19, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

It should have been a nice but busy dinner cruise for both Kitty and her fiancĂ© Captain Matthew Bryant. While Kitty is catering the birthday party for the daughter of the Chief Constable, Matthew has been assigned to keep an eye on someone. Despite their assignments, Kitty and Matthew continue to discuss their upcoming nuptials. 

Kitty and her grandmother had been advertising for a manager of their hotel, and wedding plans had been coming along nicely. However, while aboard the boat, the man Matthew had been tailing was found dead by Kitty, and it is clear he had been murdered. Even before the investigation can get fully underway, the guest of honor’s priceless necklace had been stolen. Murder and mayhem are nothing new to Kitty and Matthew and they immediately begin to look for answers.

This tenth installment of the Miss Underhay series was another enjoyable read in this delightful series. With their wedding coming up soon, Kitty and Matthew focus should’ve been on continuing to make plans. However, with Matthew often working with Scotland Yard and Kitty’s past experiences as a sharp-witted amateur detective, their focus shifts towards the sudden change of events. As per normal for the pair, more than one surprise is in store, and danger follows closely on their heels. 

This book was very entertaining, as were the previous books in this series. It has been enjoyable to watch Kitty and Matthew's  relationship blooming and it is nice to know they will soon marry. Helena Dixon has delivered yet another intriguing, fast-paced story. Factor in 1930s London and thereabouts, with characters that are very easy to like, excellent pacing and always a good mystery, Murder on Board comes highly recommended.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Helena Dixon splits her time between the Black Country and Devon. Married to the same man for over thirty five years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, and a crazy cockapoo. 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 and Love Story of the Year 2010 as Nell Dixon. She now writes historical 1930's set cozy crime. Nell enjoys hearing from readers and you can read her news and contact her via her website at

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