Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Murder on the Dance Floor by Helena Dixon, which is available TODAY! (links below).
About the book
Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.
November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers’ Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and overbearing local councillor Harold Everton drops dead into his bowl of consommé.
While the local police are still scrambling for their whistles, Kitty and Matt waste no time leaping into action. Soon they find themselves caught up a dangerous search to uncover who amongst the distinguished guests used cyanide for seasoning?
When their digging throws light on a corruption scandal brewing in the local council involving Everton’s assistant Thomas King, they are sure they’ve cracked the case. But before he can be questioned further, King’s body is found in a smouldering car wreck. Meanwhile, the murderer has made a sinister plan to avoid detection or punishment, and it will lead Kitty and Matt into a dangerous dance with death…
Murder on the Dance Floor is another winning entry in Helena Dixon‘s Golden Age-style cosy Miss Kitty Underhay murder mystery series, following Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, Murder at Enderley Hall and Murder at the Playhouse.
It was a pleasure to be reunited with Kitty, Matt, Alice – and all the usual suspects – and to meet a new cast of sneaky, downtrodden, duplicitous and dangerous supporting characters. As always, the book brings the 1930s clearly to life, from the glamourous hoteliers’ dance and the cosy local tearooms to the wintry windswept seaside and the seedier side of the area.
The central mystery is well done and there are several real heart-felt moments. Helena Dixon balances these well with some more light-hearted or wry observations. I love this series and cannot wait for the next instalment!
As always, thank you to Bookouture for my copy of the book and my stop on the tour.
About the Author
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. Website | Facebook | Twitter
About the Blog Tour
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