Today I am taking part in the books on tour for Murder at the Playhouse by Helena Dixon. This was released on the 30th of June, published by Bookouture.
Murder at the Playhouse by Helena Dixon
Release Date: 30th of June 2020
Print Length: 273 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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The scene is set for murder… and Kitty Underhay’s partner has been cast as the killer.
Late Summer, 1933. After a quarrel with too-plucky-for-her-own-good amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay, dashing ex-army captain Matthew Bryant is nursing his wounds, and a tumbler of brandy, when there’s a heavy knock at the door and he finds himself arrested for murder. The body of aspiring actress Pearl Bright has been found, strangled with one of Matt’s own bootlaces, and the evidence seems to be stacked against him.
The local constabulary might have locked Matt up, but before they can throw away the key, Kitty hears the news and hies to his aid, determined to prove his innocence. And when her investigations lead her to the home of retired theatre impresario Stanley Davenport, and the local amateur dramatics society, Kitty uncovers a web of deceit that stretches far beyond the stage make-up. But Kitty’s digging is bringing her to the attention of the killer. Without her partner in crime-fighting, can Kitty expose them and clear Matt’s name? Or will it be curtains for them both?
A gripping Golden Age cozy murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss.
Helena has the reader stepping back in time to 1933 to reunite with amateur sleuth, Kitty Underhay as she becomes embroiled in a new investigation, which hits a little closer to home this time around.
For this third instalment, poor Matthew really does find himself in a pickle when he is arrested for the murder of aspiring actress Pearl Bright. The murder weapon, a bootlace belonging to Matthew! As soon as Kitty hears the news she sets out to prove his innocence, but the more she digs and uncovers, the more she puts her life in danger.
I just love Kitty and Matthew and they really are such a joy to read. Helena has done such a magnificent job with the two of them and with each release, they just continue to shine as they are brought to life, which is done so beautifully. Recurring character Alice, was a delight as always and I was thrilled that she had more of a presence in this one as she compliments Kitty so well.
Helena has worked her magic again with this story and has created another fantastic addition to the series. I never normally read any books with historical elements, but I was so drawn to this series from the beginning, that I had to read it. Helena has created something really special here and it has definitely captured my heart.
Murder at the Playhouse is a fun and enjoyable read. A great plot with an amazing cast of regular, recurring and supporting characters that is all brought together through writing that is on par with the great Agatha Christie, you can not go wrong with this book!
I can’t wait to see what Helena comes up with next for out Kitty Underhay and her cohorts and I will be impatiently waiting for the next instalment to this charming series. Thank you Helena for another smashing read. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review Murder at the Playhouse which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Helena Dixon for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder at the Playhouse which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Helena
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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