Kitty Underhay is drowning… in murder.
Kitty Underhay hopes for plain sailing as she caters a 21st birthday party for the Chief Constable’s daughter aboard a luxury paddle steamer. So her heart sinks when she learns that the man her fiancé Matthew has been tailing on orders from Whitehall, Gunther Freiburg, is aboard. And she’s even more horrified when she steps below deck to discover Gunther, dead in the engine room. One of the Chief Constable’s party must be responsible for his demise, but who, and why?
And the evening is on course for further disaster. As the lights go out around the candlelit cake, a terrible scream rings out over the merry hubbub. A priceless diamond necklace has been snatched from around the birthday girl’s neck… Something fishy is going on, but is this the work of the same sailing assassin, or is it a red herring?
With the local inspector in deep water having to investigate his own boss, Kitty and Matt dive in to help. But when Kitty’s eavesdropping puts her in mortal danger, will everything turn out shipshape, or will it be her turn to go swimming with the fishes…?
A crime novel that features a paddle steamer, a party that turns murderous and a priceless diamond necklace to boot – I mean, what’s not to love? These were some of the many reasons that I was drawn to Murder On Board and why I’m so grateful to Noelle Holton & Bookouture for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – although this is the 10th Miss Underhay novel, you can absolutely read it as a stand-alone and I’m sure you’ll be off to look for the back catalogue once you’ve finished…
I love immersing myself in a setting and feeling like I’ve actually travelled back in time whilst I’m reading and this book really achieves this as you feel like you are there witnessing the events on board right there alongside Kitty & the other guests – I know it’s already been said plenty of times – But it really made me hopeful that this quaint and addictive read will be part of a series of books that I can enjoy on the screen shortly- I am already casting Kitty in my mind’s eye and think it would be a fab Sunday night series – All aboard for a cracking new instalment.
Because you’re definitely in a safe pair of hands, with a writer who clearly knows and loves her subject matter and can craft a perfect cosy crime tale, you feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and spend a few days in the company of this eclectic and memorable cast of characters. I really felt like I could imagine the paddle steamer and so many of the characters – and I absolutely loved the 1930s setting, which was wonderfully recreated on the pages.
It was lovely to lose myself in this cosy crime read after a few months where I’ve been mostly reading contemporary writing and non-fiction. It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real Crime Fiction mission and am looking forward to losing myself in another of my favourite era’s crime stories as soon as possible. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to be able to guess what’s about to unfold for you once you open the covers of this wonderful take on cosy crime, but you should prepare to be absorbed, entertained and charmed by the idiosyncrasies of these characters and take note that sometimes the most surprising clues can turn out to be pivotal…
The host of engaging characters and their complementary character quirks in this charming and entertaining read allowed me to escape from everything that’s so frustrating in the modern world and just focus on the twists and turns of the mystery. The way that we get to see the ensuing complications of the case that Kitty and Matt attempt to unravel as they attempt to solve the mystery of Gunther’s demise was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’ as you wonder whatever is going to happen next and how Kitty’s somewhat unorthodox crime-busting techniques will win the day.
This was the perfect October break read for me – and if you just want an escape from it all – then this would be a perfect book to lose yourself in. Fans of the cosy crime genre will have hours of entertainment trying to solve the mystery for themselves whilst managing to raise a smile and a theory or two themselves as they go.
If you love a humorous and intelligent read with memorable characters and a setting that you’ll absolutely fall for then this is the read for you. I definitely enjoyed this book just as much as I’d been expecting to and I’m sure that it would appeal to lots of my Book club readers too. Treat yourself to a copy this week and enjoy this trip into the world of 1930s cosy crime for yourself
A totally cozy, absolutely gripping historical murder mystery! The perfect read 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