Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon, which is available now (links below).
About the book
A room with a view… to murder.
June 1933. Kitty Underhay is a modern, independent woman from the top of her shingle bob to the tip of her t-strap heels. She prides herself on the reputation of her family’s ancient hotel on the blustery English coast. But then a body is found, rooms are ransacked and rumours begin to circulate that someone is on the hunt for a valuable stolen ruby – a ruby that Kitty’s mother may have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. Before she can do more than flick a duster, Kitty finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation.
When the local police inspector shows no signs of solving the shocking crimes plaguing the hotel, Kitty steps briskly into the breach. Together with ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, her new hotel security officer, she is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the name of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Could there be a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty’s own past?
Murder at the Dolphin Hotel is a fun, 1930s-set, cosy English murder mystery. It is written in a modern way but still evokes the classic Golden Age style.
Kitty is smart and engaging and I liked her immensely; Matthew is charming and brave, and both are fully rounded characters. The Dartmouth of summer 1933 is also vividly brought to life, as are the realities of people still recovering from the horrors of the war.
The story moves along at a brisk pace and includes a number of whodunit staples – mysterious strangers, family secrets, hidden jewels and multiple murders, with lots of red herrings and plenty of suspects.
I loved Helena Dixon’s clear, easy style of writing and they way the narrative was shared by Kitty and Matthew. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-plotted story and did not at all manage to guess whodunit!
I loved getting to know Kitty and Matthew and am delighted to see there is already a second instalment of this engaging series due out.
With huge thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of Murder at the Dolphin Hotel and my stop on the tour.
About the Blog Tour
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