Monday, February 28, 2022

A ROYAL MURDER

MY THOUGHTS:

Lady Eleanor Swift amateur sleuth is back and on the case.  While at a boat race that the royals are having, all eyes are on the beautiful barges and the royal attendees.  And then there is complete chaos when everyone sees the body floating in the water.  Lady Eleanor Swift is at the royal regatta and she is looking very regal and very royal in her new gown.  Gladstone, Eleanor’s bulldog also has a new outfit for this special occasion.  The host at the awards ceremony gulps down a glass of champagne and collapses on stage.  The victim happens to be the king’s cousin lord Xander Taylor-Howard. There were rumors that he was involved in a huge gambling ring.  Sir Percival who is in charge of the royal police asks Eleanor to assist in the investigation. During the investigation Lady Eleanor uncovers more that she bargained for, but can she find the culprit and close the investigation before she becomes the next victim? 

I absolutely love Lady Eleanor Swift Mysteries, they are so much fun, with spunky characters and wonderful storytelling.   This book is both intriguing and engrossing.  I found it to be a rapid read because I couldn’t wait to find out whodunnit.  This cozy mystery series is sure to be a fan favorite.  This was a wonderful addition to the series and I highly recommend it.  I absolutely loved it. 

Thank you Verity Bright for yet another amazing installment to the Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Series.  If love Eleanor’s sleuthing adventures and her awesome companion, Gladstone is such a wonderful character in the story.  I enjoyed this story very much and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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DESCRIPTION:

A ROYAL MURDER
Author:  Verity Bright
 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 28, 2022 
Pages: 319 
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At the royal boat race there are beautiful barges, plenty of bunting, a handsome prince and… is that a body in the water? Lady Swift is on the case! 

Spring, 1923. One-time adventurer and now amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is attending the annual royal regatta with her new pal Tipsy Fitzroy. Tipsy has Eleanor trussed up like a debutante in a new dress, determined to turn her into a proper society lady. Even Eleanor’s favourite companion, Gladstone the bulldog, has a new outfit for the occasion.

But the sparkling prize-giving ceremony is interrupted when the devilishly handsome host gulps his glass of champagne on stage and collapses to the floor. The victim is none other than the king’s cousin, Lord Xander Taylor-Howard. He was rumoured to be entangled in a rather dubious gambling ring, but did someone kill him instead of collecting his debt? Or was this simply an ill-timed tragic accident? Either way, a right royal scandal is afoot…

Sir Percival, the head of the royal police, asks Eleanor for her help investigating. He’d do anything to keep the story under wraps. She knows it will get her into hot water with a certain dapper Detective Seldon, but she’s determined to see justice done. However, as she digs deeper, she learns Lord Taylor-Howard was hiding more than one murky secret. It isn’t until she takes a closer look at the unfortunate royal’s shattered champagne flute that she stumbles upon just the clue she needs. But can she reel in the killer before her ship is sunk too?

ABOUT VERITY BRIGHT

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.


Saturday, February 26, 2022

THE GIRL WITH THE SCARLET RIBBON

MY THOUGHTS:

Florence, Italy, 1943 Gabriella at the young age of fourteen years old, is determined to save her family. Gabriella reaches out to her friend Stefanina, who is a member of the Italian resistance. The two young girls ride their bicycles at night with deadly compromising information in their bicycle baskets. And then one day Stefanina disappears. Many years later in London, 2019, Sofia is grieving the loss of her father, Riccardo, who was a famous painter. Sofia and her mother Isobel decide to set up an exhibit of his paintings. They begin to sort through the paintings that he painted during the war. It was a time in his life that he didn’t like to talk about. He was able to express himself through his paintings. While Sofia and her mother are searching through the paintings, they find that one of the paintings is missing. They are determined to find out everything they can about Riccardo and his paintings. Sofia soon discovers that her father had a sister whom she never knew about. Sofia and her mother fly to Florence to meet her Aunt Gabriella. In a locked bedroom in Gabriella’s house, Sofia finds the missing painting of a girl with a scarlet ribbon. Sofia discovers so much about the story and meaning of the hidden painting. 

I really enjoyed this story. It showed such courage and strength by the people during the war. I like how the small communities in Florence came together to help and support each other to survive at any cost. The author does an amazing job of describing the sights, sounds and smells of the herbs and rose gardens. I have always wanted to visit Florence and my heart went out to the Italians knowing that they also lived through such a horrible and difficult time. This book is both heartbreaking and inspiring as it portrays the hope and courage that so many people had during wartime. I thoroughly enjoyed this rapid page turner and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Suzanne Goldring for such a wonderful story. Thank you so much for your amazing detailed description of Florence. I enjoyed this story very much and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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DESCRIPTION:

THE GIRL WITH THE SCARLET RIBBON

Author:  Suzanne Goldring 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 25, 2022 
Pages: 419 
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Florence, 1943. A missing painting. A war-scarred city. A brave young girl on a black bicycle risking her life for the country she loved…

As the bells toll and arrogant soldiers torment her family, fourteen-year-old Gabriella is determined to act. She seeks out her old friend Stefanina, an unlikely member of the Italian resistance with her dark curls and scarlet ribbon. Soon the two girls are criss-crossing the river with deadly information in their bicycle baskets. But then one terrible day Stefanina disappears…

London 2019.Sofia is mourning the loss of her father, a famous painter. Desperate to feel closer to him, she begins to go through his paintings of wartime Florence, a time in his life he would never talk about. But then she realises one is missing…

Determined to learn more, she discovers that he had a sister she never knew about. She flies to Florence, the place of his tortured memories, to meet her aunt Gabriella, an elegant old woman living in a palazzo filled with roses. Therein a little bedroom, locked away from the world, she finds the missing painting, a tiny picture of a beautiful girl with a scarlet ribbon.

As Sofia uncovers the story behind the hidden painting, a tale of extraordinary bravery and terrible betrayal emerges. But will understanding her family’s haunted past bring her peace, or further heartbreak?

ABOUT SUZANNE GOLDRING

Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Whether she is working in her thatched cottage in Hampshire or her seaside home in North Cornwall, Suzanne finds inspiration in the secrets hidden by everyday life.

Friday, February 25, 2022

A DEATH AT SILVERSMITH BAY

MY THOUGHTS:

Jemima Jago is back working in her antique bookshop and happily living life in her new house.  While on a trip to Penzance and visiting Tatteredly’s one of a kind secondhand bookstore, Jem and her best friend Micki discover a dead body.  The body of Gina Marrack, the owner of Tatteredly’s bookshop found among the stacks in the store.  Jem and Micki are immediately on the case.  They have to find who the murderer is before it’s too late.  Jem begins questioning Gina’s friends and discover that a real estate developer wanted to buy out Gina’s bookshop.  Gina didn’t want to sell. So, was the developer not willing to take no for an answer?  Jem must find the culprit before she becomes the next victim.  

I always enjoy cozy mystery stories and this one did not disappoint.  I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the twists of the story kept me guessing until the very end.  I was completely hooked on this story and was totally surprised at whodunnit.  I loved the description of Penzance and the village bookshop.  It sounds like a wonderful place to visit.  I highly recommend this series, it is definitely a must read.

Thank you  Emma Jameson for a wonderful addition to the Jemima Jago Mystery Series. I really enjoyed the plot twists and turns and the end of the story and series was perfect.  I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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DESCRIPTION:

A DEATH AT SILVERSMITH BAY

Author:  Emma Jameson 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 21, 2022 
Pages: 263 
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Librarian Jemima Jago can’t resist a whodunnit, but finding a body in a bookshop is a plot twist she could never have expected…

Jem Jago is back at work with her antique books, and spending her weekends exploring her new home. On a trip out to picturesque Penzance to visit local gem Tattteredly’s second-hand bookstore, Jem and her best friend Micki get more than they bargained for when they discover the body of the beautiful Gina Marrack, the owner, dead among the stacks…

Unable to resist a real-life mystery, Jem convinces Gina’s friends to talk. She learns Gina wasn’t actually well liked in her little corner of town. A property developer had been sniffing around the street for some time, but Gina had refused to sell up. Did the rowdy real estate agent bump off poor Gina, looking for a quick pay day? Or was her jilted ex-lover out for revenge?

Poking around the scene of the crime, Jem finds an unusual book out of place on the meticulously organized shelves. Could this be a vital clue? And can Jem get to the bottom of the murder before the terrible tale comes to an end for her too?

ABOUT EMMA JAMESON

Emma Jameson writes mysteries that readers call witty, romantic, and full of surprises. An aspiring novelist since age seven, she took a long, twisty route to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. After years of working at a major medical center, her first novel, cobbled together on nights and weekends, became a runaway e-book bestseller. Now she writes full-time and has sold over half a million books. A compulsive reader and information hoarder, Emma is always searching for that fascinating nugget or startling fact that will spark another novel. A lifelong Anglophile, she resides in the United States, where she enjoys swimming, yoga, and serving the needs of not one, not two, not three, but four cats.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

THE DROWNED VILLAGE

MY THOUGHTS:

Britain, 1954 World War II has ended but there hasn’t been much help for the families to rebuild their lives.  The tiny village of Capel Celyn still appears to be beautiful on the outside with its vibrant beautiful surroundings.  But the residents of the village have no food and broken spirits.  Soon they receive word that the village is going to be taken away from them, and they must be brave and once again fight for what is theirs. Al Locke, an American Navy Captain proposed to Elin Jenkins a young Welsh girl and the plan was for her to move to Pennsylvania and they would be married.  But, things didn’t quite go as planned.  Present-day retired Navy Captain Al Locke sets sail to the beautiful village of Capel Celyn, determined to find his fiancé Elin.  Instead he finds the village underwater in the the depth of a huge lake.  Now more than ever, he must find Elin and ask her to forgive him for his role in the loss of everything they held dear.  

This story was very intriguing to me and I loved that it was based on true events and that it is a time-slip novel.  I always enjoy a book that teaches you about the past, and joins to the present day while uncovering everything in the middle.  This story was both heartbreaking and hopeful.  I found the characters to be very believable and I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed and beautiful description of Wales.  This is a story that definitely leaves you pondering.  I really enjoyed it and recommend it to those who love historical fiction with romance, heartbreak and forgiveness.

Thank you Norma Curtis for such a beautifully written true story filled with hope and inspiration.  This story was a one that pulled you into the pages, and made you feel like you were part of the story.  I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it.

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DESCRIPTION:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
THE DROWNED VILLAGE
Author:  Norma Curtis
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 21, 2022 
Pages: 280 
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Based on an incredible true story…

Britain, 1954. The Second World War has ravaged the country, and for years families had been forced to go without to help the war effort. Even in the tiny stone village of Capel Celyn – where time seemingly stands still in the lush beauty of the surrounding hills – the war has left behind empty tables and broken hearts. But then the residents learn that their beloved village is at risk of being taken from them, and in the most shocking way imaginable. Who will be brave enough to save it?

Present day. Al Locke, retired Navy Captain, sets off up the well-worn track through the valley, towards the pretty village of Capel Celyn, determined to find the girl he once loved. Elin Jenkins: the dark-haired Welsh beauty he was going to marry after the war… until tragedy tore them apart.

But what he finds in that silent valley is a mystery greater even than their own. The village, once lively, is underwater. A shimmering ghost town in the depths of a vast lake. How can he find Elin when all trace of her has vanished? And will she be capable of forgiving him for his part in their tragic loss?

ABOUT NORMA CURTIS

Norma Curtis’s first published stories were for teenage magazines and she began writing novels when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel won the New Writer’s Award and was chosen as a WH Smith Fresh Talent title. A couple of years after being invited onto the RNA committee she was made chairman and following her two-year term of office she studied creative writing at City University before taking an MA in Prose Fiction at Middlesex University. The Drowned Village is her sixth novel and she lives in North London with her family.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

BUTTERFLY SISTERS

MY THOUGHTS:

Leigh Henderson is happy as can be.  Everything in her life is working perfectly for her and she is about to land the biggest deal ever.  But then Rebecca Mayer arrives in the office with a former client list that goes on for miles.  All of the sudden Leigh’s boss fires her and she is without a job.  Just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, Leigh’s mom calls an emergency family meeting at the family cabin on Old Hickory Lake.  Leigh hasn’t been in touch with her sister Meredith for years.  And now Leigh has to find Meredith, convince her to meet at the family cabin, deal with the loss of her loving grandmother and hope that she doesn’t run into her old flame Colton Harris, whom she has never completely gotten over.   Leigh couldn’t feel more hopeless or is she actually feeling hopeful?  

This book was so beautifully written.  It hit all the feels and also was filled with the hope of mending relationships.  My heart was all a flutter with the romance at the lake.  Jenny Hale has such an amazing way in describing the surroundings that immediately whisk you away.  The hope and inspiration of this story will have you flying through the pages.  This fast paced, wonderful and heartwarming story will have you reading from the opening of the cover to closing of the book in one sitting.  I was so touched by this wonderful story, it is surely a favorite.  This would make for an amazing movie.  It was truly phenomenal, I loved it.

Thank you Jenny Hale for such a beautifully written story filled with inspiration and hope.  This feel-good, small town romance, and escape to the lake was exactly what I needed.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.

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DESCRIPTION:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
BUTTERFLY SISTERS
Author:  Jenny Hale
Publisher: Harpeth Road Press
Publication Date: February 22, 2022 
Pages: 280 
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“When emerging into the world, a butterfly needs the struggle to push the fluid from its body into its wings. So essentially, without the struggle, it never flies.”

About to land her biggest deal yet, Leigh Henderson is on her game. Nothing can get in her way. Except Rebecca Mayer, who’d sashayed in a few weeks ago with a former client list that would fill the entire hallway to Leigh’s office. When her boss unexpectedly offers the deal to Rebecca and tells Leigh he’s letting her go, Leigh finds herself without a job.

But that’s the least of her worries.

Her mother has some news that will change everything. She’s asked Leigh and her sister Meredith to meet her at the family cabin on Old Hickory Lake. Not only has Leigh been unable to track down her sister for years, but going back to the cabin would mean dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother and also chance running into her old flame Colton Harris, the one love she’s never been able to completely let go of.

Will confronting her grief, speaking to her estranged sister, and forcing herself to face the love she’d left behind help Leigh to learn who she really is?

A heartwarming story that will have you laughing, crying, and rushing to those you hold dear.If you loved the Christmas movies based on Jenny’s books and are looking for more feel-good, small-town romance, look no further!

ABOUT JENNY HALE

Jenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. She was included in Oprah Magazine’s “19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away” and both Southern Living’s “30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now” as well as “Beach Reads Perfect for Summer 2020.” Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is at work on her next novel, delighted to be bringing even more heartwarming stories to her readers. When she isn’t writing, or heading up her romantic fiction imprint Harpeth Road, she can be found running around her hometown of Nashville with her husband, two boys, and their labradoodle, taking pictures—her favorite pastime.

Monday, February 21, 2022

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

MY THOUGHTS:

England, 1949, Clara Newton’s fiancé died in World War Two, and she felt as if she had died with him.  Thinking her life was over she felt like she had nothing left.  She begins looking after the orphans who also lost everything they had, during the war.  She feels her life has a purpose again.  But there is nothing easy about being a housemother.  The needs for the children in her care are so desperate, from Peg who doesn’t speak and Joyce who has polio.  Clara will do anything she possibly can for the children.  But then Clara receives horrible news that the orphanage is going to be sold and the children will be sent away.  Joyce and Peg will be sent to a home for disabled children and all the others will be sent to Australia.  Clara has to find homes for them or she will never see them again.  She has to do everything she can to save them, but most of all she must keep them together, all they have is each other.  They need her as much as she needs them.  

This is the second book in the series Shilling Grange Children’s Home, and it was just as good as the first book.  This was a wonderful continuation of the series as it was nice to reconnect with the children.  This story was so wonderfully written that you can’t help but relate with Clara and her love for the children.  This book was both heartbreaking and inspirational.  This is such a rapid page turner and is one that is sure to stay with you for a very long time.  The unforgettable characters and their situations were so heartwarming and captivating, and the flow of the story made this an unputdownable book. This story was so well written that I felt like I wanted to jump into the book and wipe away their tears.  It was truly phenomenal, I loved it.

Thank you Lizzie Page for such a beautifully written story filled with inspiration and hope.  I look forward to reading the last book in the series.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

DESCRIPTION:

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 17, 2022 
Pages: 436 
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Shilling Grange Orphanage, England, 1949.She would do anything to protect the innocent children in her care. But soon they could be sent into danger…

When Clara Newton’s fiancé died during World War Two, she thought her life was over. But now she looks after orphans who, like her, lost everything during the war. Children like sweet little Peg who won’t speak, and Joyce whose body was scarred by polio. Clara loves them all dearly, even though life as a housemother can be lonely – especially now that Ivor, a D-Day war hero with dark brown eyes who once helped with the children, has disappeared…

But then Clara receives some terrible news. The orphanage is going to be sold and the children sent far away. Joyce and Peg will be taken to a notorious home for disabled children. The others will be sent to Australia, where Clara fears they will be mistreated by unknown families. Any day now, the children could lose everything she worked so hard to provide…

With wealthy buyers lined up to purchase Shilling Grange and a ship already docked waiting to carry the children away, Clara is desperate. She must find loving new homes for them quickly, but time is running out… Can she save the orphans before they lose everything all over again? And even if Ivor returns when she needs him the most, will it be too late?

ABOUT LIZZIE PAGE

Lizzie Page is the pseudonym of Sam Lierens, a mum of three, who has lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and London and loves combining her love of history with fiction.
She loves reading ALL the books, and always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.

She lives with her family and dog by the sea in South East England.She enjoys traveling and she’s had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling – but being a writer is her absolute favourite.

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

THE PARIS NETWORK

MY THOUGHTS:

Paris 1940, Laurence owns a bookstore in war torn France.  She hides coded messages in between the pages of books from her bookstore.  She goes out in the middle of the night, in the bitter cold to meet her resistance contact.  She passes the books to them with the coded messages inside.  And one night an allied plane with its tail on fire suddenly crashes, she knows she must do everything she can to rescue the pilot.  But deviating from her plan could mean risking not only her life but many others who are depending on her.  Many years later, in America Jeanne finds an old box in her father’s garage.  She discovers that she has inherited a bookstore in France from a woman she knows nothing about, named Laurence.  Her father never told Jeanne about the woman.  So, she travels to France to find out anything she can about the mysterious woman.  Jeanne finds the bookstore in a little village in Paris. The bookstore is in complete shambles, is boarded up and in need of so many repairs.  Jeanne uncovers the amazing and incredible story of Laurence and discovers the hero of who she was.  

This book was so moving, heartbreaking and inspirational.  I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what was going to happen next.  This story was based on true events and that made me feel so pulled in to the story that I forgot where I was.  I couldn’t put this book down as it was so full of  inspiration, hope and heartbreak.  This time slip historical fiction is an absolute must read.  Words cannot describe how phenomenal this story was.

Thank you Siobhan Curham for such a wonderful and beautiful story filled with inspiration and hope.  This story was so emotional and unputdownable I didn’t want it to end but I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to end.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.

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DESCRIPTION:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
THE PARIS NETWORK
Author:  Siobhan Curham

Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 15, 2022 
Pages: 428 
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Paris, 1940: He pressed the tattered book into her hands. ‘You must go to the café and ask at the counter for Pierre Duras. Tell him that I sent you. Tell him you’re there to save the people of France.’

Sliding the coded message in between the crisp pages of the hardback novel, bookstore owner Laurence slips out into the cold night to meet her resistance contact, pulling her woollen beret down further over her face. The silence of the night is suddenly shattered by an Allied plane rushing overhead, its tail aflame, heading down towards the forest. Her every nerve stands on end. She must try to rescue the pilot.

But straying from her mission isn’t part of the plan, and if she is discovered it won’t only be her life at risk…

America, years later: when Jeanne uncovers a dusty old box in her father’s garage, her world as she knows it is turned upside down. She has inherited a bookstore in a tiny French village just outside of Paris from a mysterious woman named Laurence. 

Travelling to France to search for answers about the woman her father has kept a secret for years, Jeanne finds the store tucked away in a corner of the cobbled main square. Boarded up, it is in complete disrepair. Inside, she finds a tiny silver pendant hidden beneath the blackened, scorched floorboards.

As Jeanne pieces together Laurence’s incredible story, she discovers a woman whose bravery knew no bounds. But will the truth about who Laurence really is shatter Jeanne’s heart, or change her future?

ABOUT SIOBHAN CURHAM

Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, ghost writer, editor and writing coach. She has also written for many newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Breathe magazine, Cosmopolitan, Writers’ Forum, DatingAdvice.com, and Spirit & Destiny. Siobhan has been a guest on various radio and TV shows, including Woman’s Hour, BBC News, GMTV and BBC Breakfast. And she has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.

Friday, February 18, 2022

MURDER IN FIRST CLASS

MY THOUGHTS:

Kitty Underhay is looking forward to a week of wedding planning with her fiancé, Captain Matthew Bryant.  Her plans go awry when Matthew is asked to go to the train station and meet Simon Travers.  Matthew is asked to house and protect Simon because he is a witness in the case of the murder of Kitty’s mother.  But, when the train arrives Simon is found in his seat with a dagger in his heart.  Super sleuth, Kitty Underhay wastes no time in wanting to find out who is responsible for Simon’s murder.  She has to find out which passenger had access to Simon’s compartment, who wanted Simon dead and why?  Kitty suspects the traveling salesman that was on the train with no merchandise.  But when he is also found murdered she is completely stumped.  But when she makes the connection between the murders, she decides she must find the culprit before they strike again.  

I absolutely love master sleuth Kitty Underhay.  She is so engaging and her wonderful sleuthing skills kept me flying quickly through the story.  I love how the author keeps you guessing to the very end.  It makes the book unputdownable because there is a race to the finish to discover the culprit.  The plot twists and turns we completely engrossing.  I enjoyed it very much and is without a doubt a must read.

Thank you Helena Dixon for such a wonderful story addition to the Miss Underhay Mystery Book series.  I am truly enjoying this series and I highly recommend it.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

DESCRIPTION:

MURDER IN FIRST CLASS
Author:  Helena Dixon
 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 16, 2022 
Pages: 279 
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All aboard a train bound for… murder.

Kitty Underhay is looking forward to a week of long lunches and wedding planning with her husband-to-be, Captain Matthew Bryant. But the plan is derailed when he is called on to collect a former comrade-in-arms, arriving on the 15:50 from Bakerloo. As the train bearing Simon Travers pulls up to the platform, a piercing scream rises over the screech of its brakes. Travers is dead in his seat, a dagger in his heart.

Who gave this defenceless man a one-way ticket to the next life? And why? And could Matt’s close connection put him at risk? Only a few individuals had access to Travers’s compartment, and Kitty must find out which of these seemingly benign passengers is in fact a cross-country killer.

But when Kitty’s prime suspect, the travelling salesman with no merchandise, is found murdered, she is stumped. Until she makes the connection between the two victims and realises that this murderer has an even more deadly destination in mind. Can she stop them before they strike again? Or will Kitty’s own next stop be the graveyard?

ABOUT HELENA DIXON

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.