Wednesday, May 29, 2024

BLOG TOUR - Murder on the French Riviera


A grand old hotel, fresh coffee on the balcony, a perfect view of the sparkling ocean and… surely not another murder? Thank heavens Kitty Underhay is on the case!

Late spring, 1936. As Kitty Underhay steps onto the sun-drenched station platform in Nice, on orders from Whitehall to track down a missing man, she hopes there will still be time to lie by the pool, preferably with a cocktail in hand. But when she and her husband Matt take a brief evening stroll, instead of finding a perfect croissant, they stumble across a body…

Kitty and Matt quickly realise it is 
Fred Bennett, the man from Whitehall they were hoping to find. Had he simply drunk too much fabulous French wine, or is something fishy going on in this seaside city?

When Kitty and Matt uncover a casino matchbook in Fred’s pocket, they head to the glamorous waterfront establishment where a wealthy widow, a disreputable aristocrat and a cash-strapped reporter swiftly make their suspect list. But with more questions than cards in a pack, 
can Kitty and Matt nail the killer before he comes after them too? Or will they realise that everything isn’t always nice in Nice?

Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey or Lee Strauss will adore this utterly charming murder mystery. Set on the stunning French Riviera, this novel is the perfect treat for cozy crime fans!

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Title:   Murder on the French Riviera
Author:  Helena Dixon
Series:  Miss Underhay #16
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  296
Date of Publication:   May 28, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Under the guise of vacationing in the French Riviera, Kitty Bryant and her husband Matt have been asked to conduct a bit of espionage. Their purpose is to retrieve papers from a man named Fred Bennett. Instead, Matt stumbles upon his body. The papers are nowhere to be found. Did his apparent drunkenness the previous night lead to his death, or was there foul play involved?

Despite the fact that they should contact the police immediately, Kitty and Matt first examine the body. Although they don’t find the papers they were looking for, they did discover something on his body which may lead to the cause of his death, and who, in fact, murdered him. Kitty pockets what they found and the pair begin to do what they do best, try to find out what happened. More than several times in the past, the pair have been more than adept at solving crimes, and this time they expect no difference.

Currently in Nice, Italy, checking out the beautiful surroundings and scenery may not be possible. They work independently at times, and sometimes with the local police chief to not only find the killer, but also the papers they were sent to retrieve. Finding someone to trust is no easy matter, not even the police, so Kitty and Matt do their best to stay under the radar as they look for the papers, as well as any answers they can unearth.

Helena Dixon has written another enjoyable book. Although 16 books into the series, each cozy mystery is a delight. Not only are Kitty and Matt wonderful characters, their skill at deducing what happens in their cases is always on point. Then the different settings always make each story quite enjoyable. In this case, their work has more of a nature of a spy story, and with a Second World War seeming more and more likely, this adds an extra layer to an already good book. The stories provide just enough intrigue to keep me tapping my Kindle from beginning to end in one sitting. 

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


Helena Dixon is the author of the best-selling Miss Underhay murder mystery series and lives in 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. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010 as Nell Dixon.

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