- Author: Daisy Waugh
- Series: A Miss Underhay Mystery #2
- No. of pages: Not specified on Goodreads
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Dates read: 16.02.20 – 21.02.20
- Rating: 3.5 stars
Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Plot: 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?
First thing I loved is the story picks up right where we left off and Dixon does a great job of recapping the previous book without feeling like there is no point in reading the first novel.
What I also love in this book is we find the questions we were left unanswered from the first book are still the main priority of this instalment. E.g. What happened to Kitty’s mother? It expands on what we don’t know and it weaves it’s way through this story, giving us new information but not enough that we now must read the next book.
The writing is super accessible and I fell right back into step with this book. It was breeze reading this novel, I looked forward to picking it back up.
I really enjoyed watching the investigation happen, the last mystery book I read the Detective just sort of happened to come across the information without having to do much work but this time around, we see a lot of work going into figuring out the mystery. It gives us also enough information where you can solve it alongside our main characters which I really like.
I loved the relationship between Matt and Kitty. I think they have a great dynamic but this relationship is a slow burn which is paining me immensely!
Finally, my main point is I love how just as the story seems to wane Dixon turns the gear up a notch and you find that you can’t put the book down as some new revelation just happened!
The next book I will be reviewing is The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan! Super excited for this re-read!