Friday, March 8, 2024

BLOG TOUR - Murder at the Island Hotel


A gorgeous island off the English coast, a beautiful hotel perched on the cliffs, a group of glamourous friends… and a suspicious death? Kitty Underhay’s invitation didn’t mention murder!

Spring, 1936. As the boat draws into the harbour of Bird Island, Kitty is absolutely delighted to see the stunning hotel for the first time. She and her friend Alice have been asked to join the distinguished guests before the hotel officially opens its doors, but they have barely unpacked when the owner is found dead in his own study…

Sir Norman’s death looks like suicide. But Kitty isn’t convinced – she cannot find a note, and he is left-handed but was shot on the right side of his head. Kitty tries to reach the police, but a violent storm engulfs the island and the power goes out. 
Kitty and Alice need to move quickly before anyone else finds death on their dinner menu!

With several old friends amongst their suspects, Kitty decides the investigation should stay secret. But it’s not until Kitty uncovers Sir Norman’s financial difficulties that she’s on the killer’s trail. 
Can Kitty and Alice catch the culprit in time for tea, or will they become the next guests on the murderer’s list?

Fans of T.E. Kinsey, Agatha Christie or Lee Strauss will adore this warm and witty whodunnit. An utter delight to read!

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Title:   Murder at the Island Hotel
Author:  Helena Dixon
Series:  Miss Underhay #15
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  296
Date of Publication:   March 4, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Kitty Underhay's agreement to assist in inspections of new members of the Torbay Hoteliers' Association was tainted by a sudden death. Kitty and her friend Alice arrive at a beautiful island and are excited to see the grand hotel that has recently been refurbished.

The invitation that Kitty received was sent by Sir Norman Whittier, the Bird Hotel's proprietor. Quite familiiar about how all things run in hotels, as Kitty's grandmother runs the Dolphin Hotel, a place where Kitty worked for years, she agrees to attend the grand opening. Although Alice is a chambermaid at the Dolphin, she is also Kitty's dear friend.

Kitty is equally impressed with the Bird Hotel and with with Sir Norman. However, when he dies by an apparent suicide, Kitty is highly doubtful that this is the case. Many times over Kitty has proved more than effective as a private investigator, and so she is determined to find the real cause of Sir Norman's death, as well as the person responsible. 

Always careful not to show her hand, Kitty knows exactly what questions to ask or works well when it comes to eliminating suspects. Danger grows close more than once for Kitty, especially as more deaths might be on the horizon. Her husband Matt arrives on the island to see about Kitty, as well as to participate in the investigation at hand. 

Kitty remains intrepid, and there is a small peek into her married life with Matt. I am very much looking forward to book 16 in this engaging series and I would love to see what their next case brings, as well as how they are growing in their marriage. Also, Alice's future is interesting to follow and I hope Kitty's dog Bertie continues to make appearances. 15 books in and Kitty is as delightful as ever. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the previous books in this charming series, and love feeling as if I am a part of Kitty's various adventures. 

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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