Thursday, October 20, 2022



Kitty Underhay is looking forward to catering a birthday party for the Chief Constable’s daughter.  She is celebrating her 21st birthday on a luxury paddle steamer.  But when Kitty discovers that the man that her fiancĂ© had been tailing, Gunther Freiburg, is found dead on the floor of the engine room, she knows the celebrations are over.  She also knows that one of the party guests is responsible for Gunther’s death, and she must find out who killed him and why. As the birthday festivities continue with the candles on the cake, a diamond necklace is stolen right off the birthday girl’s neck. Mayhem on the steamer is in full swing and Kitty must solve the murder and catch a thief before the ship docks.  

This wonderful whodunnit was so much fun.  I love a great cozy mystery and the Kitty Underhay series never disappoints.  The characters are always fun, and the super sleuthing is so entertaining.  This story kept me guessing to the very end, and I was completely surprised by the ending.  Mystery, romance and suspense, perfectly unfold within the pages.  This fabulous series is a definite must read for all cozy mystery fans.  This story can be read as a stand-alone, however I recommend the series in its entirety.  Filled with wonderful characters and charming settings, this story is a favorite and I definitely recommend it.

Thank you Helena Dixon for such a wonderful and completely delightful mystery.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Helena Dixon 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 19, 2022 
Pages: 284 

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…?


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.

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