MURDER AT THE DOLPHIN HOTEL By Helena Dixon (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 1)

SYNOPSIS

A room with a view… to murder

June 1933. Independent young Kitty Underhay has been left in charge of her families hotel, The Dolphin, on the tranquil English coast. She’s expecting her days at the bustling resort to be filled with comfortable chatter with chambermaids as the polish the mahogany desk and glittering candelabras of the elegant foyer. Everything must be perfect for the arrival of a glamorous jazz singer from Chicago and a masked ball that will be the cultural highlight of the season.

But when several rooms are broken into and searched, including Kitty’s own, she quickly realised that something out of the ordinary is afoot at the hotel. Soon rumours are flying in the cozy town that someone is on the hunt for a stolen ruby. A ruby that Kitty’s mother may well have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. And when the break-ins are followed by a series of attacks and murders, including of the town’s former mayoress, it seems the perpetrator will stop at nothing to find it.

MY REVIEW

This is the first book in a series of Miss Underhay Mystery Books. This book didn’t disappoint. If you like a good cozy mystery, this is book not to miss. Set in Dartmouth 1933, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The characters are great from the Grandmother worrying about her Granddaughter Kitty, who has lived at the hotel since she was a small child, her mother had disappeared in 1916, and despite hiring people to look into her disappearance nothing ever came back. So they believe her to be dead. Her father was from America, Kitty doesn’t remember him as she was only a baby when they were all together as a family. He had a dual nationality passport and it had been believed that he had returned to America.

Great Aunt Livy has fallen down the stairs breaking a leg and her shoulder, so kitty’s grandmother has to go to Scotland to look after her for a few weeks. She is worried about leaving Kitty alone to look after the hotel, despite Kitty being perfectly capable. She hired Captain Matthew Bryant to watch over Kitty, as she explains to him she has had some letters recently threatening to take something away. But what? From then on things start happening, murders, break ins, fire to name just a few events. But who is doing this? What are they looking for?

There are some wonderful characters in this book Kitty and Matthew hit it off from the beginning, Will they get together as a couple? There are lots of characters who are possibly red herrings but they all seem to have something to hide. The creepy little reporter who seems to know everything and pops up everywhere.

If you like a good cozy mystery then I can highly recommend this, the writing flows, never a dull moment throughout. Great start to a new series I look forward to the next book.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ an entertaining read.

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


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