Tuesday, August 15, 2023



Kitty and Matt recently tied the knot and are enjoying a belated honeymoon in the beautiful Yorkshire Hills.  They are visiting Matt’s family and they decide to attend the Village Fair.  Kitty and Matt pop into the fortune teller’s tent and they are shocked to discover the body of Madame Zaza.  She had predicted the future of so many villagers but she never predicted her own murder.  There are so many suspects and this is not how they expected to spend their honeymoon.  How will they ever narrow down who the culprit is?  It could be anyone from the village doctor to the reverend to someone that had lived there for decades.  Kitty and Matt think they are onto something when they find an old photo album full of pictures of the villagers that Madame Zara had known throughout the many years of living there. Matt and Kitty believe they have narrowed down the search for the killer and are ready to solve the murder.  Could they be right or did they just put their own lives in danger? 

Murder at the Village Fair written by author Helena Dixon was a wonderful cozy mystery. This fun story had me running through the beautiful Yorkshire Village and just when I figured out who the culprit was, the twists began.  I  loved the way the author described the sights and sounds of the fair and I was ready to buy my ticket to ride the carousel.  This is the thirteenth installment to the wonderful Miss Kitty Underhay Mystery Series.  I enjoy how each book is a different story and can be read as a standalone. This is the perfect story for cozy mystery fans and I definitely recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Helena Dixon 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 10, 2023
Pages: 286 

Kitty Underhay is riding a carousel… with death. 

 1935. Enjoying a belated honeymoon visiting her new husband Matt’s family in the rolling Yorkshire hills, Kitty strolls through a village fair. But when Kitty persuades Matt to visit the fortune teller’s tent, the lovebirds are shocked to find the body of Madame Zaza slumped over her crystal ball, pearl necklace askew and a half-drunk cup of tea at her elbow.

After predicting so many of the villagers’ misfortunes, how did she not foresee her own murder? From a pompous old colonel to a reticent reverend and a dodgy village doctor, Kitty soon feels like half the village had a motive for murder. But with more suspects than tarot cards, she and Matt are no closer to finding the culprit.

Madame Zaza had been a part of the community’s life for decades and discovering a photograph album of the villagers through the years gives Kitty and Matt the breakthrough they’ve been searching for. Kitty is soon hot on the killer’s trail when her sleuthing puts her in terrible danger.
 Will her lucky stars align, or is her life line about to run out?


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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