It’s an enjoyable read. Helena Dixon knows how to relate a story and having read all the other six, I highly recommend the series. However, this storyline was less challenging and just a little more predictable for me, so perhaps not quite where I’d hoped it would land. Despite the red herrings I had worked out who was behind the murders, although the motivation was less clear, As always, it’s an enjoyable journey with great characterisation and conversations.
I was a little uncomfortable with the way the relationship between Kitty and Matt, on both a professional and personal level, developed in this one. and the resolution left me with a few question marks over my head. Hmmm…..
There was a teaser at the beginning around the long term thread relating to Kitty’s mum’s case and another one at the end. So exciting… I think the next instalment is going to be a goodie and I, for one, am looking forward to reading it!
Once again we join Kitty on a murder mystery! Lucy, her cousin, is to be wed from the bridegroom’s family manor. Suspicion falls on the small cast of guests when one of them is killed but was he the intended victim?
Whilst pondering who the bullet was meant for, everyone knows that amongst them is a murderer! Is one of them next on the hit list? Once again, Matt, Kitty’s boyfriend, is called on to aid in the investigation and Kitty and he debate the best way to approach it.
The mystery didn’t have quite as many unexpected twists as I’d normally like but then I read a lot of this genre! It was still an enjoyable, cosy mystery and I am looking forward to the next Miss Underhay mystery! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale!
We received complimentary copies of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own.
From the back cover:
’Till death do us part may come sooner than they thought…
1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…
The valet, Evans, is dead. And Kitty can’t help but notice how rattled the man standing next to him seems. Could Rupert’s best man, The Right Honourable Alexander ‘Sandy’ Galsworthy, believe the speeding bullet was meant for him?
When she discovers that Sandy has been receiving blackmail notes, Kitty suspects that one of the assembled guests has plans to make good on their threats. The local constabulary won’t act on Kitty’s hunch, so, busy with her bridesmaid’s duties, she asks her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, to help.
The ceremony passes without a hitch. But when an anxious Sandy slips away during the dancing, Matt follows, only to make a hideous discovery: Sandy is dead, flattened on the terrace by some falling masonry.
Now the duo are sure that there is a murderer within the castle walls. But can they untangle Sandy’s final hours and catch this killer before they strike again, or will the wedding bells be replaced by a death knell for Kitty herself…?