Friday, November 17, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder at the Highland Castle


A majestic castle by a Scottish loch, a glass of whisky by a roaring fire, stockings hung by the chimney… and a body? It’s a midwinter murder for Kitty Underhay!

Winter, 1935. Lightly dusted with snow and nestled on the edge of a sweeping Scottish loch, Finnglach Castle looks positively magical. Kitty Underhay, her husband Matt and their beloved dog Bertie are delighted to be celebrating the new year with a Hogmanay party, but just after midnight, a shot rings out across the grounds…

Their host, Lord Barlas, is dead, murdered in the snow. The killer’s footprints have vanished and the gun is missing. With the snow-covered castle completely cut off, and a killer in their midst, 
Kitty and Matt need to work fast to find the culprit before someone else ends up dead.

As the weather worsens, the guests begin discussing dark Highland stories about evil spirits. But with an anxious daughter, a new wife set to inherit a fortune and a suspicious spiritual adviser, Kitty is sure the killer is close at hand. Can she, Matt and Bertie sniff out the treacherous culprit in time for haggis and whisky or 
will they find themselves skating on dangerously thin ice?

Don’t miss this incredibly charming cozy page-turner! If you love TE Kinsey, Agatha Christie or Lee Strauss, you’ll fall head over heels for this totally unputdownable historical mystery.

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Title:   Murder at the Highland Castle
Author:  Helena Dixon
Series:  Miss Underhay #14
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   293
Date of Publication:   November 17, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars 

No longer working at her grandmother’s hotel, Kitty Underhay and her new husband Matt are working together as private investigators. They have been invited to a huge castle in Scotland. In an incognito fashion, Kitty, Matt and their ever faithful dog Bertie are ready for yet another adventure. 

When their host is found murdered, and with the weather being inclement, their suspect pool is rather small. The weather proves effective at hiding the evidence, and the killer was just as effective at hiding the gun used in the murder. Even though there is a guest who seems to be in the know ahead of things, Kitty and Matt’s job at discovering the killer hasn’t been made any easier. With each guest proving to be likely suspects, Kitty and Matt must try and find out the truth, all while hiding the true reason for their presence. 

This fourteenth book in the Miss Underhay series is yet another intriguing book in a delightful cozy mystery series. Kitty and Matt are the perfect protagonists for this series, just having been married a year. They work well together, and there is enough of the back story included to see how they are as people. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series as it will no doubt be as enjoyable as this one. 

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


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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