#BlogTour #Review : Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon @NellDixon @bookouture

Today I’m starting off, with another 2 fabulous bloggers, the tour for this cosy crime story set in the 1930s. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on the tour and letting me have a copy of the book to review.

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Blurb:  An escape to the country… ends in death.

Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems.

Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?


My Review:  I’ve always liked what is now termed cosy crime. My go-to’s on the tv are Agatha Christie, particularly the films from the 1970s’, for when I want something entertaining and engaging but not especially violent. This book is like those for me. There is a whole host of characters, various people including an actual police detective doing the detecting, and the welcome distraction of Muffy the dog.

What makes stories like this work is the characters, the plot and location do play a part don’t think they don’t but it is the characters and the way they react to each new event that is the star of the story.

In this story we have the returning characters of Kitty Underhay and Matt Bryant who were in the first book, Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, though it is not essential to have read the first book as there is enough background explained in this one to enable it to be enjoyed without prior knowledge of these characters. Kitty and Matt are a good team and we get to see their involvement in the investigation and how it impacts them both, as well as Kitty’s frustration at being left out of things as would fit with the time period when women would not have been allowed near a murder investigation.

We also have an additional cast of characters from Kitty’s newly discovered relations to the staff in the house and various friends and other people. All of these characters are brilliantly carved out and completely distinct from each other. I liked the interactions between Kitty and her maid Alice who was also a brilliant character. Equally the conversations between Kitty and the other women in the story were quite revealing too. Being a bit of an outsider Kitty has a different perspective on the events and it was good to see them through her eyes. I also loved the interview style, doing the interviews in the library with the obligatory pot of tea was just perfect.

I feel I’m waffling now so I’m going to summarise and say I really enjoyed this book. It fits in it’s time period really well, the characters are all realistic and well-written and the investigation has enough red herrings and twists and turns to keep any cosy crime fan happy. I know there is a third book out out in a few months and I can’t wait to see where Kitty’s adventures take her next.


About the author:

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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.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.nelldixon.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nell.dixon

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/NellDixon



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