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Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after pap Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems. Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?


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Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after pap Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems. Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?

30 review for Murder at Enderley Hall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    After meeting Kitty Underhay in the first book of the series, in which she helped solve the case of a missing ruby along with the handsome Captain Matthew Bryant, I've been looking forward to reading her next exploit. Kitty lives and works with her grandmother running their family hotel, The Dolphin. Kitty's father left her and her mother when Kitty was young and her mother disappeared when she was six, so she though her grandmother and her Aunt Livy were the only family she has. However, she re After meeting Kitty Underhay in the first book of the series, in which she helped solve the case of a missing ruby along with the handsome Captain Matthew Bryant, I've been looking forward to reading her next exploit. Kitty lives and works with her grandmother running their family hotel, The Dolphin. Kitty's father left her and her mother when Kitty was young and her mother disappeared when she was six, so she though her grandmother and her Aunt Livy were the only family she has. However, she recently learnt that her father's sister is married to Lord Medford and lives at nearby Enderley Hall, and that she has a cousin close to her age, called Lucy. When Lady Medford invites her to visit, she packs her bag and along with Alice, one of the hotels maids, departs for what she hopes will be a restful holiday after her previous adventure. Of course it is not to be! Not long after she arrives, some important secret government papers are stolen and a member of the household is found dead. The police inspector calls in Matthew, who is now a private investigator, to help with the investigating the large household. It was good to see Kitty and Matt back together again, although while both of them realise they have feelings for the other, Matt will have to allow Kitty to make her own choices about the risks she takes, before the relationship can develop further. This was an enjoyable cosy mystery within a stately home setting with a suspenseful chase at the end. Now Kitty has found out a bit more about her mother from Lady Medford, it will be interesting to see what happens to her next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Having very much enjoyed #1, Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, I was keen to continue reading about Kitty and her friend Matt so I jumped at the chance to read this second book in the series. Kitty is visiting Enderley Hall to meet her newly acquired family but she is not destined to have a nice quiet holiday. When thefts and murders begin to occur Kitty quickly pulls in Matt to assist her in discovering the culprit. I like the way the author keeps Kitty's activities in line with how things really wou Having very much enjoyed #1, Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, I was keen to continue reading about Kitty and her friend Matt so I jumped at the chance to read this second book in the series. Kitty is visiting Enderley Hall to meet her newly acquired family but she is not destined to have a nice quiet holiday. When thefts and murders begin to occur Kitty quickly pulls in Matt to assist her in discovering the culprit. I like the way the author keeps Kitty's activities in line with how things really would have been. She accepts that the men run the enquiry and she has to play a behind the scenes role. This is not to say however that Kitty is in any way down trodden. Her almost romance with Matt will never go anywhere unless he accepts that Kitty is not a woman who is going quietly stay home and do as she is told. There is a lot of character development ahead in this regard. I see that there is a third book already in progress with the probable title Murder at the Playhouse. I am looking forward to it already. My thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Persuaded to visit Enderley Hall where her previously unknown aunt and cousin lived, Kitty Underhay and her maid Alice made the journey. There were house guests as well as staff, along with her new family members. It was when the elderly Nanny Thoms addressed Kitty by her mother’s name that she knew the people in this house must know more about her mother’s disappearance all those years ago. When Lord Medford discovered his important documents were missing from the safe in his library, the events Persuaded to visit Enderley Hall where her previously unknown aunt and cousin lived, Kitty Underhay and her maid Alice made the journey. There were house guests as well as staff, along with her new family members. It was when the elderly Nanny Thoms addressed Kitty by her mother’s name that she knew the people in this house must know more about her mother’s disappearance all those years ago. When Lord Medford discovered his important documents were missing from the safe in his library, the events that followed were shocking. Nanny Thoms had fallen to her death at the bottom of the stairs and Kitty’s friend and fellow sleuth from the terrible times at the Dolphin, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant arrived to assist Inspector Greville with his enquiries. As Matt and Kitty did their best to find immediate answers, worse was to follow. Should Kitty return to the Dolphin in order to remain safe? She didn’t want to abandon Matt but she knew the danger was high… Murder at Enderley Hall is the 2nd in A Miss Underhay Mystery series by Helena Dixon, and once again I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kitty and Matt are great characters and while there are plenty of clues along the way, the twists and turns make working out the murderer quite difficult. An entertaining Historical Cozy Mystery, Murder at Enderley Hall is one I recommend highly. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    In this second installment in the A Miss Underhay Mystery series, Kitty is invited to spend time with her father's family at Enderley Hall. But when she arrives with her maid Alice, they immediately sense that something is off. Everyone seems to be on edge, and Viola, one of the house guests, claims to have seen a man spying on her through a window. When important papers are stolen from her uncle's safe, she calls Matt, a former army captain who helped her solve a previous murder, to see if he c In this second installment in the A Miss Underhay Mystery series, Kitty is invited to spend time with her father's family at Enderley Hall. But when she arrives with her maid Alice, they immediately sense that something is off. Everyone seems to be on edge, and Viola, one of the house guests, claims to have seen a man spying on her through a window. When important papers are stolen from her uncle's safe, she calls Matt, a former army captain who helped her solve a previous murder, to see if he can help determine who the thief is. When the family's nanny and a house guest, is murdered, Matt and Kitty become determined to catch the culprit. I think this is a wonderful addition to the series. Set in the English countryside, this is a charming and engaging read, with a great cast of characters and a gripping mystery. The historical background is well researched and will instantly transport you back to 1930s England. Matt and Kitty complemented each other well, and I look forward to their relationship developing in future books. We also learn new details about the disappearance of Kitty's mother. This book was a page-turner and I will definitely be reading future books in this series. If you enjoy historical cozies, then I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC from Bookouture through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    This is the second in the Miss Underhay mystery series which features Kitty Underhay, a young woman living in the 1920’s. In this book Kitty has travelled to spend the week with her aunt and family. She learned of this family connection in the first book of the series when she briefly encountered her estranged father. An on-going thread for both books is Kitty’s search for what happened to her mother who disappeared at the time of the first world war. While she is interested in meeting the new-fo This is the second in the Miss Underhay mystery series which features Kitty Underhay, a young woman living in the 1920’s. In this book Kitty has travelled to spend the week with her aunt and family. She learned of this family connection in the first book of the series when she briefly encountered her estranged father. An on-going thread for both books is Kitty’s search for what happened to her mother who disappeared at the time of the first world war. While she is interested in meeting the new-found family, Kitty is also hoping to learn more about her mother’s whereabouts just before she disappeared. There is a little progress on this thread, but it continues to be a mystery Kitty is likely to pursue in future books. Early in Kitty’s visit, some important papers belonging to her uncle are stolen. Suspicion bounces among the other houseguests, including the Austrian woman there to restore a mural, the brother and sister who are visiting Kitty’s cousin, the secretary to Kitty’s uncle as well as the gruff man who is there to help Kitty’s aunt restore her gardens. Suspicion falls on each one in tern as Kitty calls in her friend Captain Mathew Bryant to help in the investigation. Throughout the book, the author teases possible strengthening in the relationship between Kitty and Mathew. There are other subplots that lend clues and red herrings to the story, including the propaganda statements made by one guest, the relationships developing between two couples, and the secrecy of Kitty’s uncles work. All combine to create a story that is part historical fiction, part espionage, and eventually murder. None of the outcomes are particularly surprising, including the identity of the murderer, but the story is well told and is an interesting,easy read. The characters are engaging enough to hold your interest and the book is well written. A good airplane/beach/cabin read, this book can be enjoyed either by reading straight through or in a setting where the reader is occasionally interrupted. My thanks to Bookoutour Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital read copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Let’s play a drinking game: Every time Kitty says to herself or another character “I’m going to ask so and so to tell me more about my mother” and then they are conveniently interrupted, take a sip. Actually please don’t do this. You will end up in a hospital. I’m all for drawing out the mystery of a character’s backstory, but this has become irritatingly cartoonish. If the issue needs to remain unsolved through multiple books in a series, that’s fine, but I don’t need 50 failed attempts to solve Let’s play a drinking game: Every time Kitty says to herself or another character “I’m going to ask so and so to tell me more about my mother” and then they are conveniently interrupted, take a sip. Actually please don’t do this. You will end up in a hospital. I’m all for drawing out the mystery of a character’s backstory, but this has become irritatingly cartoonish. If the issue needs to remain unsolved through multiple books in a series, that’s fine, but I don’t need 50 failed attempts to solve it in each book. There’s not much left to this particular installment once you remove that either. I rather enjoyed the first novel in this series, but this one—from the progress on the backstory to the mystery contained in this book only—was a flop. The narrative is slow, dragging badly and bloated with filler. I don’t expect riveting action or complex procedural elements in this type of mystery, but when weighed against others of its ilk or even the first book in this series, this one lags behind badly. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Kitty cannot help but think of some very difficult experiences with a previous murder that happened at her hotel. Having inherited it from her grandmother, who has taken a back seat to heavier responsibilities, Kitty certainly has her hands full. Despite her new duties, Kitty proved to be quite successful at her turn with being an amateur detective. She had quite a bit of assistance from ex-army captain Matthew Bryant. Matt was hired by Kitty’s grandmother due to disturbing events at the hotel. Kitty cannot help but think of some very difficult experiences with a previous murder that happened at her hotel. Having inherited it from her grandmother, who has taken a back seat to heavier responsibilities, Kitty certainly has her hands full. Despite her new duties, Kitty proved to be quite successful at her turn with being an amateur detective. She had quite a bit of assistance from ex-army captain Matthew Bryant. Matt was hired by Kitty’s grandmother due to disturbing events at the hotel. Although things look okay for now, Kitty and Matt are sure to cross paths again - and soon. Kitty has taken a break away from the hotel to try and connect with relatives she was previously unaware of, and so she sets off to visit Enderley Hall. Kitty is extremely excited to have the chance to meet her fathers family. With a house party on the agenda, her eagerness intensifies. So, she sets off with her maid Alice. Things start off quite nicely. However, her eager visit is quickly thwarted when some very important papers were stolen. Kitty knows she must look into the theft, and doesn’t hesitate to call on Matt for his assistance once again. The pair must work hard and fast, especially when the elderly Nanny Thoms is found lying dead at the bottom of the stairs. With Inspector Grenville also on hand taking the lead in the investigation, it is soon hoped that they can get to the bottom of things. Murder at Enderley Hall is the second book in the delightful cozy series, A Miss Underhay Mystery. I love Kitty and Matt together. Considering the time period in which this book was written, Kitty was often forced to take a step back when investigating the murders, especially the inquiries. It was still pretty much a man’s world at that time. Yet the pair work remarkably well together. Between their obvious affection for one another, and in part displayed by excellent body language, they get the job done. Not only do Kitty and Matt pay constant vigil to whatever it is before them, their pasts continue to converge together in such a way that I certainly hope they find a future together. This no doubt will prove quite difficult, as Matt’s war experiences - and memories- were horrible. Combined with the fact that he previously lost his wife and daughter, this gives Matt much to deal with before opening his heart again. I thoroughly enjoyed this entry in what promises to be an excellent cozy mystery series. I love the time period and the locations, and also the snippets of Kitty's and Matt's pasts that we are sure to learn more about in future books. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    I read the first book in this series where I first met Kitty Underhay, so was really thrilled when I saw the second book was available on netgalley. In this instalment Kitty goes off to meet her aunt Lady Medford and cousin Lucy, she has only recently found out about them from her father, who she hadn’t seen since she was 4. Taking Alice one of the young girls from the hotel with her, as her ladies maid. Kitty was looking forward to meeting her long lost family but was also nervous. She hoped tha I read the first book in this series where I first met Kitty Underhay, so was really thrilled when I saw the second book was available on netgalley. In this instalment Kitty goes off to meet her aunt Lady Medford and cousin Lucy, she has only recently found out about them from her father, who she hadn’t seen since she was 4. Taking Alice one of the young girls from the hotel with her, as her ladies maid. Kitty was looking forward to meeting her long lost family but was also nervous. She hoped that she may also find out a little more about her mother’s disappearance. Although she wasn’t sure if they had ever met her. Lady Medford was her fathers sister. Unfortunately, when she gets to Enderley she senses things aren’t right, she gets on with Lucy really well, they become firm friends. But things start happening, her uncle has important papers stolen from his locked safe. Papers that in the wrong hands could cause the country problems. There are a number of characters that are suspects, Kitty calls Captain Matthew Bryant who had helped her previously at the Dolphin Hotel, he was also now an investigator. He arranges to go and stay at Enderley Hall. When Nanny Thoms sees Kitty she calls her by her mother’s name Elowed, which throws Kitty a little as she didn’t know that any of them had met her mother. Lady Medford soon dismisses the comment. But Kitty is determined to find out more. But before she gets any chance to speak more with Nanny Thoms, Murder takes place. Things start to get worse, with more murders. Each visitor to Enderley seems to have some sort of secret. Who is safe? Who has the stolen papers? Who is committing the murders?. This is a good cozy mystery, seeing the characters of Kitty and Matt grow from book one is good, Matt is still trying to get over the Great War and the loss of his wife and child, Kitty knows he lost his wife, but she doesn’t yet know any of the details. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series to see if Kitty and Matt get together as a couple. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karren Hodgkins

    What an enjoyable cozy murder mystery! It was great that it started with an act of thievery, that then escalated into murder. Were these two related? I didn't read the first in the series but it is evident that the main characters, Kitty and Matt, work well together and have built a strong friendship. I love how the author doesn't give us a full picture of either, the reader is still left with questions about both, although the author does reveal a little more. While the crimes take place in her What an enjoyable cozy murder mystery! It was great that it started with an act of thievery, that then escalated into murder. Were these two related? I didn't read the first in the series but it is evident that the main characters, Kitty and Matt, work well together and have built a strong friendship. I love how the author doesn't give us a full picture of either, the reader is still left with questions about both, although the author does reveal a little more. While the crimes take place in her aunt's home, just after Kitty's arrival. That's not why she's there though...rather she is looking to get to know more about her family. And her mother! This dimension is a lovely touch, adding depth without detracting from the main story. The story is set in 1933, the context of the "Great War" provides depths to the characters, who they are, the choices they make and the way they respond to the changing circumstances. I had expected Kitty to be more directly involved throughout the story, her keen insights were essential to the resolution of the case and many of her actions fly in the face of accepted behaviour for the times. (Always an element that makes a book more enjoyable for me!) My thanks to #Netgalley, the publisher #Bookouture and the author for my advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I am very grateful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    "Murder at Enderley Hall" is a good follow-up in the "Miss Underhay Mystery" series. At the end of book one, Kitty found out about her relatives on her father's side, and in this new story she goes off to meet them at their big country manor. Once there, a theft happens and soon several murders follow up, so Kitty enlists the help of her friend, Captain Matthew Bryant. What follows is the typical classical murder mystery that will delight all fans of the genre. I liked how we get to learn a bit m "Murder at Enderley Hall" is a good follow-up in the "Miss Underhay Mystery" series. At the end of book one, Kitty found out about her relatives on her father's side, and in this new story she goes off to meet them at their big country manor. Once there, a theft happens and soon several murders follow up, so Kitty enlists the help of her friend, Captain Matthew Bryant. What follows is the typical classical murder mystery that will delight all fans of the genre. I liked how we get to learn a bit more about both main characters backstories, specially Matt, as it serves to explain some of his actions, and although I don't agree much with some of them, I gotta keep in mind that the story is set in the 1930s. I love how Kitty is becoming such a strong woman on her own, showing her nonconformity with what it could be expected of a woman at the time. I found that the mystery aspect of the book dragged along a bit in the middle of the story, probably due to the fact that the pool of suspects was so limited. In this installment Kitty is not so involved in the investigation, but for all the insight she shows troughout the story, I couldn't understand how she could act so stupidly around the end, once the villain is about to be revealed (I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about if you've read it). After that final scene between both MC, I feel like knowing what will happen with both Kitty and Matt in book 3. 3,5 ⭐️ Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I did want to follow up with the two main characters of this series after the first book, but this golden age cozy mystery is too long on lightness for me and will not hold my interest for further reading. In this episode Kitty is invited to Lord Medford's estate for a visit with her newfound uncle, aunt and cousin. Lady Medford is the sister of her long absent father she had reunited with in book one. Of course we get the country house murders and the same police inspector from book one and Kit I did want to follow up with the two main characters of this series after the first book, but this golden age cozy mystery is too long on lightness for me and will not hold my interest for further reading. In this episode Kitty is invited to Lord Medford's estate for a visit with her newfound uncle, aunt and cousin. Lady Medford is the sister of her long absent father she had reunited with in book one. Of course we get the country house murders and the same police inspector from book one and Kitty plays a key role in the deduction game. Kindle Unlimited

  12. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This second book in the Miss Kitty Underhay cozy mystery series continues the summer of 1933. Kitty has been invited to visit her paternal aunt and uncle at Enderley Hall where she will spend some time getting to know her father's sister and her cousin, Lucy. She hopes to find out more about what happened to her mother who seems to have visited there before vanishing many years ago. What Kitty does not plan for is murder. The first untoward event is the disappearance of some important papers, a This second book in the Miss Kitty Underhay cozy mystery series continues the summer of 1933. Kitty has been invited to visit her paternal aunt and uncle at Enderley Hall where she will spend some time getting to know her father's sister and her cousin, Lucy. She hopes to find out more about what happened to her mother who seems to have visited there before vanishing many years ago. What Kitty does not plan for is murder. The first untoward event is the disappearance of some important papers, a chemical formula, from her uncle's safe. Then, beloved Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. The household is in an uproar, but fortunately, Kitty has the attentions of Captain Matthew Bryant - -a new "friend" who had helped Kitty and her grandmother at the Dolphin in the previous episode. Of course Kitty wants to be involved in the investigation as Matt and the police try to find the thief and the killer. NO SPOILERS. This is pretty tame fare and faithful to period details. I found it a very fast read and enjoyed the chance of pace to my usual grisly thrillers. I look forward to reading more in the series though I could have done without Muffy and without the frustrated romance. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read and review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥

    Apart from the crime having no build up, I quite enjoyed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    With everything going on these very crazy times that we are living in, I was so thankful to dive back into another cozy mystery by Helena Dixon that continues with our beloved Kitty Underhay and Matthew Bryant! Now if you didn’t read Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, don’t worry! Murder at Enderley Hall can most definitely be read as a standalone, but if you have the time, I highly recommend both! Kitty Underhay is invited to spend time with her father’s family at Enderley Hall. Following the chaos th With everything going on these very crazy times that we are living in, I was so thankful to dive back into another cozy mystery by Helena Dixon that continues with our beloved Kitty Underhay and Matthew Bryant! Now if you didn’t read Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, don’t worry! Murder at Enderley Hall can most definitely be read as a standalone, but if you have the time, I highly recommend both! Kitty Underhay is invited to spend time with her father’s family at Enderley Hall. Following the chaos that ensued at The Dolphin Hotel previously, Kitty is ready for a change of pace. At the insistence of her aunts, Kitty brings along her chambermaid Alice and sets off for Enderley Hall. Immediately, Kitty realizes that something is not quite right in the atmosphere. When the elderly Nanny Thoms mistakenly calls Kitty by her mother’s name, she realizes that this family may know more regarding her mother’s disappearance all those years ago. When important documents go missing from Kitty’s uncle’s safe, she enlists the help of ex-army captain Matt Bryant to see if they can capture the thief. When Nanny Thoms is suspiciously found dead, Kitty and Matt are determined to solve the murder even though danger lurks close by. Helena has crafted another wonderful whodunit mystery full of twists and turns (and a few red herrings) that transports you to a picturesque 1930s English countryside. I love both Kitty’s and Matt’s characters and how they two of them balance each other with Kitty’s intuition and Matt’s previous military experience. I can’t wait to see what the next adventure awaits next for Kitty! Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    In a very nice style of the Lady Julia detective series, we have Kitty with a colorful history being reconciled with an aunt and uncle who have been estranged for years. The reception is a bit strained, though her cousin Lucy is very warmly welcoming and Kitty tries to settle in for a short vacation. Kitty has just helped to solve one murder mystery and she is just wanting a quiet time with family. However murder seems to follow her around and when her Uncle loses some very important papers relati In a very nice style of the Lady Julia detective series, we have Kitty with a colorful history being reconciled with an aunt and uncle who have been estranged for years. The reception is a bit strained, though her cousin Lucy is very warmly welcoming and Kitty tries to settle in for a short vacation. Kitty has just helped to solve one murder mystery and she is just wanting a quiet time with family. However murder seems to follow her around and when her Uncle loses some very important papers relating to national security, it is apparent that the thief is one of the house party and the investigation starts. The murder of the elderly Nanny sets off a chain of events leading to another murder and then another making it apparent that the murderer is covering all his bases and any odds that anyone knows anything. With the help of senior detectives and Matt who helped Kitty in her earlier case, they try to flush out the murderer and the case evolves. A touch of romance all around and quite a lot of detail on how a aristocratic family operates. Reminiscent of the age and a well told detective story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    I read the first book in this series where I first met Kitty Underhay, so was really thrilled when I saw the second book was available on netgalley. In this instalment Kitty goes off to meet her aunt Lady Medford and cousin Lucy, she has only recently found out about them from her father, who she hadn’t seen since she was 4. Taking Alice one of the young girls from the hotel with her, as her ladies maid. Kitty was looking forward to meeting her long lost family but was also nervous. She hoped tha I read the first book in this series where I first met Kitty Underhay, so was really thrilled when I saw the second book was available on netgalley. In this instalment Kitty goes off to meet her aunt Lady Medford and cousin Lucy, she has only recently found out about them from her father, who she hadn’t seen since she was 4. Taking Alice one of the young girls from the hotel with her, as her ladies maid. Kitty was looking forward to meeting her long lost family but was also nervous. She hoped that she may also find out a little more about her mother’s disappearance. Although she wasn’t sure if they had ever met her. Lady Medford was her fathers sister. Unfortunately, when she gets to Enderley she senses things aren’t right, she gets on with Lucy really well, they become firm friends. But things start happening, her uncle has important papers stolen from his locked safe. Papers that in the wrong hands could cause the country problems. There are a number of characters that are suspects, Kitty calls Captain Matthew Bryant who had helped her previously at the Dolphin Hotel, he was also now an investigator. He arranges to go and stay at Enderley Hall. When Nanny Thoms sees Kitty she calls her by her mother’s name Elowed, which throws Kitty a little as she didn’t know that any of them had met her mother. Lady Medford soon dismisses the comment. But Kitty is determined to find out more. But before she gets any chance to speak more with Nanny Thoms, Murder takes place. Things start to get worse, with more murders. Each visitor to Enderley seems to have some sort of secret. Who is safe? Who has the stolen papers? Who is committing the murders?. This is a good cozy mystery, seeing the characters of Kitty and Matt grow from book one is good, Matt is still trying to get over the Great War and the loss of his wife and child, Kitty knows he lost his wife, but she doesn’t yet know any of the details. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series to see if Kitty and Matt get together as a couple. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the second book in the A Miss Underhay Mystery series by Helena Dixon. I found an easy likability about the relationship between Kitty Underhay and the Army man turned private investigator, Matt Bryant. There wasn’t enough alone time between the two of them for my taste but I figure that wasn’t so kosher back then. Their budding relationship plus the mystery of Nanny Thomas’s death paired well together. I was smitten by the whole series almost from the beginning. I definitely nee 4.5 Stars This is the second book in the A Miss Underhay Mystery series by Helena Dixon. I found an easy likability about the relationship between Kitty Underhay and the Army man turned private investigator, Matt Bryant. There wasn’t enough alone time between the two of them for my taste but I figure that wasn’t so kosher back then. Their budding relationship plus the mystery of Nanny Thomas’s death paired well together. I was smitten by the whole series almost from the beginning. I definitely need to read book one, MURDER AT THE DOLPHIN HOTEL immediately. I think I may have even bought it on my Kindle around Christmas time. I will have to check. I enjoyed the addition of the lady’s maid, Alice, although, I wonder what distress the other woman would have put on Kitty if she had brought the lady her mother wanted her to bring in the beginning. That would have been a hoot and a half. When I think back on the scenes with a lot of characters, I am reminded of some classic Hercule Poirot moments from Agatha Christie. I guess this would be set in a similar time period, so it is no wonder I am comparing. Just loved this whole thing. The ending killed me, though. Not about the revelation of whodunit, that was indeed surprising. But how Matt handles things right before THE END, did me in. I need the next book in the series right away! If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. Then elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen. Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the m Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. Then elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen. Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. This is the second book in this enthralling series, it could easily be read on its own, however I adore series & need to read from the start. There are also some threads running through both books, which aren’t resolved. I love Kitty who can't keep out of trouble but there is Matt who is once again on hand to lend a hand. I love the dynamics of their burgeoning romance, which certainly hits a rocky patch. The characters have depth & are well portrayed. The pace is good with plenty of red herrings as there aren't too many suspects. I thoroughly enjoyed the book & eagerly await more in the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Matt and Kitty were back in the summer of 1933 investigating the disappearance of important papers from a safe and a murder mystery. Were both connected, or was it connected to Kitty's parents? My second book by author Helena Dixon, the entire setting of the Enderley Hall gave an eerie feeling to the prose. Kitty's instincts were right when she felt something nasty was afoot. The author's writing kept the pace rolling on as new details came to light. Another death added to the need to solve the Matt and Kitty were back in the summer of 1933 investigating the disappearance of important papers from a safe and a murder mystery. Were both connected, or was it connected to Kitty's parents? My second book by author Helena Dixon, the entire setting of the Enderley Hall gave an eerie feeling to the prose. Kitty's instincts were right when she felt something nasty was afoot. The author's writing kept the pace rolling on as new details came to light. Another death added to the need to solve the mystery. Past and present overlapped when the murdered lady called Kitty by her mother's name before her death. Though it was Matt who was the prime investigator, Kitty too ably helped him providing him various insights about the people the house. Her intelligence sparkled at the end as she did solve the mystery, quite clever were the clues weaved into the story. Kitty did take some risks but lived to narrate her tale. This was a fun whodunit where a few red herrings added to the suspense. I would like to say I knew who was the killer, but I actually didn't as the author had hidden the perp well. Overall, a fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Els

    Book 2 in this cozy mystery series and I enjoyed it very much. I read the first book too and I liked that a lot also, but this one even topped it. I already met the two main characters Matt and Kitty and some people of their entourage and I was happy so see them connect again. We know a bit about their backgrounds, but the author has left us partialy in the dark. To find out the rest, there is nothing left for us to do then to keep coming back to satisfy our curiosity. 🙂 Kitty is fun. She is brave, Book 2 in this cozy mystery series and I enjoyed it very much. I read the first book too and I liked that a lot also, but this one even topped it. I already met the two main characters Matt and Kitty and some people of their entourage and I was happy so see them connect again. We know a bit about their backgrounds, but the author has left us partialy in the dark. To find out the rest, there is nothing left for us to do then to keep coming back to satisfy our curiosity. 🙂 Kitty is fun. She is brave, but often acts before she thinks in the heat of the moment. Matt, on the other hand, is concerned and thinks maybe a bit too much. They really complement each other, but they still need to figure out the right balance. A very nice story that made me gamble on the wrong horse again. Normally I prefer more modern settings, but the covers reel me in every time and the storytelling is so good that I don’t mind about the date anymore. 5 stars Thank you, Helena Dixon and Bookouture https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Kitty only knew that her mother disappeared in 1916 and that her father is rather disreputable, so it's surprising to find out that she has other relatives living nearby. They are very welcoming, but her aunt simply doesn't discuss Kitty's mother. When some valuable scientific papers go missing Kitty calls on the man who has helped before and he arrives about the same time as the first body turns up. Let the sleuthing begin! Danger, suspicions, and other murders ensue. Great characters and a smo Kitty only knew that her mother disappeared in 1916 and that her father is rather disreputable, so it's surprising to find out that she has other relatives living nearby. They are very welcoming, but her aunt simply doesn't discuss Kitty's mother. When some valuable scientific papers go missing Kitty calls on the man who has helped before and he arrives about the same time as the first body turns up. Let the sleuthing begin! Danger, suspicions, and other murders ensue. Great characters and a smooth plot full of misdirection and red herrings. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Bookouture via NetGalley. Thank you! This book is perfectly fine as a stand alone but I liked it so much that I went ahead and bought the earlier book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I loved the first book int this series and I loved this one. It's a great story that reminds the stories of the Golden Age: the manor, a group of guests, a series of murders, secrets and investigations. Kitty and Matt are two great characters and I'm rooting for them and hoping that their relationships goes on. The historical background is well researched and vivid, the cast of characters well thought and likable. The mystery is solid, full of red herring and twists, and it kept me guessing till the I loved the first book int this series and I loved this one. It's a great story that reminds the stories of the Golden Age: the manor, a group of guests, a series of murders, secrets and investigations. Kitty and Matt are two great characters and I'm rooting for them and hoping that their relationships goes on. The historical background is well researched and vivid, the cast of characters well thought and likable. The mystery is solid, full of red herring and twists, and it kept me guessing till the end. I can't wait for the next instalment and found this one an entertaining and engrossing read. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Great story I bought this series on a whim and I'm so glad that I did, the writing is great and the storyline holds your interest. What started out as a country house party ends up being the stage for murder and theft. Kitty and Matt get caught up in the investigation while meeting Kitty's long lost relatives. This is a hard to put down book. Great story I bought this series on a whim and I'm so glad that I did, the writing is great and the storyline holds your interest. What started out as a country house party ends up being the stage for murder and theft. Kitty and Matt get caught up in the investigation while meeting Kitty's long lost relatives. This is a hard to put down book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nanette Williamson

    3 1/2 stars really. I like the characters, although there are so many of them I had a hard time keeping them straight, which was complicated by the fact that sometimes they are referred to by title (Lady, Mrs., Lord, Captain, Mr. etc) and sometimes by first names. But I enjoyed it; it was a twisty mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joyce L. Miller

    Reminded me of the style, tone and reading level of the beloved Nancy Drew books of my childhood. It was nice, but I won’t continue the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    After being introduced to Kitty and Matt in the first book last year, it was good to read about them again. This is set in the 1930s and the era is very well depicted. If you enjoy cosy period mysteries then you will enjoy this! Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    Murder at Enderley Hall is the second instalment and a great addition to the charming Miss Kitty Underhay cozy mystery series. I do love a cozy mystery to balance out the rather darker crime novels I read and this series is so perfect for that. Historical novels are not normally ones that I tend to read, but as these books are mixed with a murder mystery, it gives the series something different that appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoy them. Helena transports the reader back to 1930’s England wh Murder at Enderley Hall is the second instalment and a great addition to the charming Miss Kitty Underhay cozy mystery series. I do love a cozy mystery to balance out the rather darker crime novels I read and this series is so perfect for that. Historical novels are not normally ones that I tend to read, but as these books are mixed with a murder mystery, it gives the series something different that appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoy them. Helena transports the reader back to 1930’s England where Kitty is off to Enderley Hall to spend time and get to know her father’s family and other houseguests. Looking forward to the break, after having just come off the back of assisting and helping to solve a murder which put her life in considerable danger, things are thrown into turmoil when very valuable papers of national importance belonging to Kitty’s uncle go missing from Enderley Hall. Kitty calls upon ex army captain Matthew Bryant to help in the search, but as it happens the lost papers and what happened to them are not the only mystery to solve when a member of the household is found dead. Helena has cast a great ensemble of characters that have all been brought to life so beautifully. Kitty and Matthew once again steal the show, complimenting each other so well. I look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses in future books. All other players in the story have been well written, developed and play out the roles they have been given perfectly. Helena has done such a great job with this book. As she did with the first instalment, Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, this latest release has been thoroughly researched and beautifully written with descriptions that are so vivid, you can actually see the scenes as if they are being played out right in front of you. With what is going on in the world at the moment, it really is an enchanting book to lose yourself in and escape into for a few hours. Murder at Enderley Hall is a first-class read and if you are a fan of the cozy mystery genre, you definitely need to add this delightful series to your reading lists. I am now eagerly awaiting the third instalment. Titled Murder at the Playhouse, this is due for release on the 30th of June and is available to preorder now from Amazon. This will also be reviewed here on my blog. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Murder at Enderley Hall which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Helena Dixon for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder at Enderley Hall which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. If you like this review please visit my blog for more https://onceuponatimebookblog.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Kitty Underhay has recently discovered she has more family than she thought! Her father's sister lives nearby and she has been invited to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin at Enderley Hall. After helping to solve a murder and putting herself in considerable danger, Kitty is looking forward to a week of getting to know her new relatives and relaxing in the countryside. The house is thrown into confusion soon after her arrival however, when it is discovered highly sensitive papers have disappea Kitty Underhay has recently discovered she has more family than she thought! Her father's sister lives nearby and she has been invited to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin at Enderley Hall. After helping to solve a murder and putting herself in considerable danger, Kitty is looking forward to a week of getting to know her new relatives and relaxing in the countryside. The house is thrown into confusion soon after her arrival however, when it is discovered highly sensitive papers have disappeared potentially putting the country at grave risk. Knowing her friend, Captain Matthew Bryant, would be able to help she invites him to join the houseguests whilst assisting her uncle locate the culprit and the missing plans. When a murder is committed and the police are called Kitty and Matt once again find themselves at the heart of the investigation. While I enjoyed this book very much there was more than a hint of Agatha Christie here. The plans missing from a country house theme was one of the great lady's Poirot short stories and I was quite quickly reminded of that as I began to read. The difference in this full length novel is the details, scene setting and secondary topics are far more detailed. That said I felt there were some slightly too obvious sign posts pointing towards the culprit's identity and a few plot holes, the largest of which would have negated the final action scenes altogether. It could have been averted by a simple relocation of an important item which, in such a large house, wouldn't have been too difficult. Once again Kitty and Matt are brilliant protagonists who spark off each other and, by being aware of different things in everyday situations, compliment each other's investigation techniques. The acceptable way of treating those more, or less, fortunate than yourself or the 'weaker sex' in the 1930's is far more obvious in this country house mystery than it was in book one and although it fits well into the story still has the ability to shock. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cosy crime series or country house mystery as the problems mentioned don't detract too much from a very enjoyable read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon was a charming cozy mystery-taking place after World War I on an English country estate. It is the second in the series. Kitty Underhay lives with her grandmother who runs a hotel. Her father was a reprobate, but alive and her mother had gone missing 17 years before, not sure of status. She has just been invited to Enderley Hall, the home of her aunt, her father's sister. She is curious and excited. She decides to take Alice, a hotel chambermaid with her t Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon was a charming cozy mystery-taking place after World War I on an English country estate. It is the second in the series. Kitty Underhay lives with her grandmother who runs a hotel. Her father was a reprobate, but alive and her mother had gone missing 17 years before, not sure of status. She has just been invited to Enderley Hall, the home of her aunt, her father's sister. She is curious and excited. She decides to take Alice, a hotel chambermaid with her to act as companion and ladies' maid for the duration. She gets there and it is not a comfortable place. There are other guests, so she at least is not alone. Before the night is over, there is a murder. Isn't that just terrific. She decides to call her friend, Matt, who is starting his own private investigations business and had worked in that capacity for her grandmother. He arranged everything and arrived that day. She was much more comfortable with him there. They could investigate together. As are most cozies, this is a very character-driven story. It's a time of vast change in England. After WWI the nobility and their lots in life a changed, but for the older ones, especially, in was a difficult transition. A man that was frowned upon as a suitor all of a sudden became acceptable when her inherits; women are wearing makeup; it is difficult to find servants since young people don't really want to go in to service anymore. Women are nowhere near to being considered equals. Men still run everything and lord it over women. Kitty is an endearing character, naive yet, brave and intelligent. Stuck somewhere between high class and middle class, life is interesting for her. Matt, her friend, has ghosts, mainly left over from the war. Bright enough to be a private investigator, it may not be his best choice because of those ghosts. Did I say charming? That it is. A calmer version of the Keystone Cops, almost. I recommend it. I received a free ARC of Murder at Enderley Hall from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #murderatenderleyhall

  30. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review; 3 1/3 stars rounded down to 3. Murder at Enderly Hall is the second title in a delightful cozy mystery series featuring Kitty Underhay set during the 1930s. Following the events of the previous book, Kitty travels to Enderly Hall to meet her newly discovered family and joins a house party already in progress. Her cousin Lucy is delighted to meet her and have a cousin; Kitty's aunt, Lady Medford, is less thrilled, but is pol I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review; 3 1/3 stars rounded down to 3. Murder at Enderly Hall is the second title in a delightful cozy mystery series featuring Kitty Underhay set during the 1930s. Following the events of the previous book, Kitty travels to Enderly Hall to meet her newly discovered family and joins a house party already in progress. Her cousin Lucy is delighted to meet her and have a cousin; Kitty's aunt, Lady Medford, is less thrilled, but is polite. Kitty meets the rest of the party including, Rupert (a young communist supporter from a good family), Rupert's sister Daisy, Viola (an artist fixing a mural at the house), Mr. Henderson (helping Lady Medford make changes to her gardens), and Nanny Thoms (who assists Lady Medford). Shortly after her arrival, someone steals a formula from Lord Medford's safe; the exact details of what the formula is for isn't fully explained, just that it is of value and could help win a future war for the country that has it. Kitty calls Matt Bryant, a former military man who helped her solve who was behind a series of events/murders a few months previously, to see if he can help determine who the thief is. Once Matt arrives, events begin to move very quickly as the thief is forced to take additional steps to keep his identity a secret as well as leave with the stolen formula. I thought the mystery was nicely done for a cozy mystery and I really enjoyed getting to learn more about both Matt and Kitty. I love Kitty and her willingness to do whatever it takes to solve who stole the formula. A little more of Matt's backstory is revealed and the potential romance between the two continues to develop at a nice pace. The mystery of Kitty's mother's disappearance back in 1916 is not forgotten in this second title, and a little more information is revealed - I can't wait to see the mystery continue to develop in future books. Overall, this title was a good way to pass an afternoon with wonderful characters and a nicely done mystery.

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