MURDER AT ELM HOUSE

Posted: June 8, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

Amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay is at it again, doing what she does best, solving mysteries.  When she visits her nemesis Mrs Craven at Elm House Nursing Home, she encounters the untimely death of Lady Wellings a long-term resident.  But because Lady Wellings was ill the police assume she died of natural causes, but not Mrs. Craven she believes that Lady Wellings was poisoned.  When Kitty decides to look into what happened to Lady Wellings, another resident, Mrs Pearson fatally collapses in the dining room, Kitty Underhay becomes very suspicious of what’s going on.   Nurse Eloise schedules a meeting with Kitty and expresses her concerns about strange behaviors of the staff.  But, before Nurse Eloise can meet with Kitty, Eloise’s untimely death prevents the meeting.  Too many coincidences for Kitty to just walk away from so, she has to solve the crimes.  Kitty and her beau, Matt are such a great team, and work well together solving the mystery. This series is so entertaining and engaging that you will find yourself reading it in one sitting.  I love how the murderer of this whodunnit isn’t found out until the very end.  I was totally surprised to discover who the culprit was.  The characters were well developed and relatable.  This was a wonderful addition to the series.

I absolutely love this series.  It is so entertaining, and I found myself cheering on Kitty to find out who did it.  The plot twists and turns totally kept me flipping pages at a rapid pace.  Thank you Helena Dixon for such a wonderful cozy mystery. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


MURDER AT ELM HOUSEMURDER AT ELM HOUSE
Author: Helena Dixon
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Pages: 255
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Kitty Underhay feels the touch… of death.

1934. Accidental amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay is being escorted by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant on an errand of mercy, as she takes a basket of grapes to her nemesis Mrs Craven, who is recuperating from a recent operation. But their arrival at Elm House Nursing Home coincides with the mysterious death of Lady Wellings, a long-term resident.

The woman was known to be ill, so when the police turn a disinterested ear to Mrs Craven’s suspicion that Lady Wellings was poisoned, Kitty decides to look into the case herself. And when another invalid, the gentle Mrs Pearson, collapses fatally in the breakfast room, it seems her suspicions are well-founded. For an institution promising health and rejuvenation, there seems to be a very low survival rate amongst the guests!

When the nurse Eloise Hibbert hints at sinister goings on among the staff, Kitty arranges to meet her away from the home to uncover how deep the treachery lies. However, before she can make the rendezvous, Eloise meets an unfortunate end falling from the top of the building. Was she pushed by the hand of fate, or a cold-blooded killer?

Meanwhile, Matt has been following an entirely different trail of evidence, and what he finds out chills him to the bone. When Kitty fails to return from her unsuccessful meeting, it is clear she has stumbled onto a plot far more devious than they could have imagined, and into a trap laid by an unscrupulous killer…

About Helena Dixon

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.

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