Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Murder in the Belltower by Helena Dixon, published by Bookouture.
Kitty Underhay’s hymn book is open… at murder.
Winter, 1933. Kitty Underhay is enjoying a restorative break from sleuthing on a visit to her family at Enderley Hall. The only thing marring her peace – aside from the uncomfortable sensation she has of being watched – is the obvious history between her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant and another guest, the beautiful Juliet Vanderstafen. So, when the parish clerk is found dead on her front doorstep, Kitty leaps at the chance of distraction.
The police are happy to conclude that Miss Plenderleith met her unfortunate end on a patch of ice, but Kitty isn’t convinced this was a case of bad weather and worse luck. And when the Reverend Crabtree fails to show for tea the next day, she heads to the church to speak to him. But she arrives to find the clergyman hanging from the bell rope, dead.
With Matt seemingly wrapped up with his alluring Austrian, Kitty must solve the case on her own. But as she snoops into parish affairs, she makes some less-than-saintly discoveries. Just who has broken the sixth commandment? Meanwhile the killer is preparing a churchyard grave for Kitty, and she’ll have to use all her wits to avoid falling in…
An addictive, absorbing and completely unputdownable Golden Age cozy murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss.
A well earned break from sleuthing and a trip to visit her family at Enderley Hall for Christmas, is just what Kitty Underhay needs. But when the local parish clerk, Miss Plenderleith, is found dead on her front door step, Kitty isn’t as confident as the police, that this was just an unfortunate accident.
Murder in the Belltower is the fifth instalment in the Kitty Underhay series and while it can be read as a standalone, there is a continuing subplot throughout the previous books involving Kitty’s mother, that is best read from the start. I enjoyed the mystery in this one and was right by Kitty’s side as she put her sleuthing skills to use again, when her instincts tell her that there is more to Miss Plenderleith death than what appears.
Although I was so happy to read that Kitty and Matt are now officially “stepping out” with each other, I have to admit, I was worried that this would change the feel of the book. You know when you have been waiting for a while for characters to get together, only for it to sometimes be a bit anticlimactic when they do, I was glad to find this wasn’t the case here.
I did find though, that this instalment moved at a slightly slower pace up against the previous books and things really don’t kick off until the halfway mark. In saying that though, the first half is still an enjoyable read as we get to know some new characters as well as the change in Kitty’s and Matt’s relationship.
Murder in the Belltower is a quick fun read and is another great addition to the series. As always the writing is on point and its time setting in the 1930’s, is well researched and brought to life beautifully. It was a pleasure to read and review Murder in the Belltower, which I recommend.
Thank you to Helena Dixon, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder in the Belltower, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Murder in the Belltower Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Helena Dixon
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.