Murder in First Class By Helena Dixon

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Murder in First Class: A completely unputdownable cozy murder mystery (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 8) By Helena Dixon

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Book/Novel Author: Helena Dixon

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All aboard a train bound for… murder.Kitty Underhay is looking forward to a week of long lunches and wedding planning with her husband-to-be, Captain Matthew Bryant. But the plan is derailed when he is called on to collect a former comrade-in-arms, arriving on the 15:50 from Bakerloo. As the train bearing Simon Travers pulls up to the platform, a piercing scream rises over the screech of its brakes. Travers is dead in his seat, a dagger in his heart.Who gave this defenceless man a one-way ticket to the next life? And why? And could Matt’s close connection put him at risk? Only a few individuals had access to Travers’s compartment, and Kitty must find out which of these seemingly benign passengers is in fact a cross-country killer.But when Kitty’s prime suspect, the travelling salesman with no merchandise, is found murdered, she is stumped. Until she makes the connection between the two victims and realises that this murderer has an even more deadly destination in mind. Can she stop them before they strike again? Or will Kitty’s own next stop be the graveyard?A pitch-perfect and totally gripping Golden Age historical cozy mystery! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss. Readers love the Miss Underhay mysteries:‘Five stars are not enough.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars‘This was excellent and I read it in one sitting, a page-turner I couldn’t put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Fast, fun and utterly unputdownable… perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.’ Robin Loves Reading‘What can I say? I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Excellent cosy mystery! The story was gripping… I loved the character development with the little hint of romance and cannot wait for the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘I love this series… The murder mystery itself was engrossing… It kept me guessing right until the final scene.’ Roberta Reads, 5 stars‘I felt right at home the moment I started reading… It was a joy.’ Goodreads reviewer‘This murder mystery is perfect… This story has it all. An absolute page-turner with characters to care about.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘My favourite cosy mystery series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘A page-turner that will keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Do yourself a favour, cozy up with a blanket, a cup of something warm and dig into this cozy mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Great story with a perfect mixture of mystery, suspense, romance and family to make this a wonderful cozy mystery book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘A wonderful book, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
They caught some members of the gang but didn’t find the loot. A witness in the case was murdered in a train cabin on the way to stay with Matt. Which of the five survivors killed him?
I have nearly completed this series centered in and near a small sea resort area in post WWI War England. Each mystery of the series has been very well written and I have grown fond of the very believable characters. I am old enough to have known people who were in their twenties and thirties during this time period. Reading these books reminds me so much of some very dear ladies I knew in my youth.
Kitty’s nemesis Mrs Craven is traveling back to their home town via train when one of the passengers in the first class cabin is knifed to death. The victim just happens to be a witness to a large jewel theft, who happens to be Captain Matthew Bryant, Kitty’s fiance’s houseguest. The houseguest was always traveling with his faithful dog Bertie, who becomes Matthew’s reluctant house guest. Matthew and Kitty are able to solve the mystery and in the over arching story about the murder of Kitty’s mother, Kitty finally gets closure. This is a great series and well-worth you time if you enjoy cozy mysteries taking place in England between the wars.
The Miss Underhay mysteries continue to be first rate. The plot is interesting and unfurls in a manner that keeps the reading puzzling out the clues along with Kitty and Matt. The stories have a nice balance of new ideas and familiar characters with a teaser that makes you want to read the next book.

I really enjoyed reading Murder in First Class. It was a fun read. It starts with a prologue about the capture of Ezekiel Hammett who killed his half-brother. Kitty Underhay, the main character in the story wants to meet with him to find out if he is responsible for her mother’s death. All the supporting characters are. very important to the storyline.. Captain Matthew Bryant, Kitty’s fiance gets a call from his old boss, Brigadier Remmington-Blythe that he would like Matt to meet the train and take Travers and his dog to his house before the trial he is going to testify. When waiting for the train they learn that Travers has been murdered on the train. There are two parts to this story. One finding out what happened to Kitty’s mother and who killed Travers on the train. Both of the story lines come to separate conclusions and surprising endings. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.

 

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