Tuesday, May 02, 2023



Kitty Underhay is a Newlywed and is enjoying married life.  She has been invited by Mrs Craven, her old nemesis, to help with the Miss Dartmouth Jubilee beauty pageant.  The pageant is being held at the Dolphin Hotel.   Kitty accepts the invitation and it isn’t exactly what she expected.  Mrs Craven hasn’t changed a bit, she is still as condescending and bossy as ever.  But when contestant Peggy Blaine is found dead, Kitty notices that the other constants are unaffected by the murder.  Kitty decides to do some of her own investigating and when she discovers some threatening notes sent to Peggy, she needs husband Matt to help her solve the murder.  The contestants don’t make it easy and seem to never be available to answer any questions.  Kitty and Matt must hurry up and catch the murder before another contestant is eliminated.

Murder at the Beauty Pagent by Helena Dixon, is the twelfth installment of A Miss Underhay Mystery Series.  I enjoyed this cozy mystery from beginning to end.  The plot twists and turns in this story kept me on the edge of my seat.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, there was a plot twist that kept me guessing.  This rapid page turner will keep you guessing to the very last page.  This can be read as a standalone, but don’t pass up this great series.  I loved it and I definitely recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Helena Dixon 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 2, 2023
Pages: 284 

Kitty Underhay is awarding first place… to murder.

1935. Newlywed Kitty Underhay has been enlisted by her old nemesis Mrs Craven to help organise the Miss Dartmouth Jubilee pageant at the Dolphin Hotel. Being bossed around by her arch enemy is not quite what Kitty had in mind for the start of her married life, but she’s excited to launch the glamorous show. Sparkling smiles are quickly replaced by audible gasps however, when one of the girls goes missing during the interval…

When pretty Peggy Blaine is discovered dead, Kitty can’t help but notice that none of the other contestants seem particularly shocked. Can jealousy over a sash and a diamante tiara be a motive for murder?

But when she discovers the threatening notes the young women have received, Kitty enlists her husband 
Matt to figure out who’s scaring the competitors. However, before Matt can speak to them, another entrant turns up dead after an apparently accidental overdose. Taking part in a beauty pageant seems to have turned into a fatal occupation! 

The daring duo are sure that someone close to the girls is responsible. But can they sort the harmless face powders from the fatal poisons before it’s too late? 
Or will Kitty and Matt find they are next to be crowned… with death? 


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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