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Summary

The scene is set for murder...and Kitty Underhay’s partner has been cast as the killer.

Late summer 1933. After a quarrel with too-plucky-for-her-own-good amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay, dashing ex-army captain Matthew Bryant is nursing his wounds, and a tumbler of brandy, when there’s a heavy knock at the door and he finds himself arrested for murder. The body of aspiring actress Pearl Bright has been found, strangled with one of Matt’s own bootlaces, and the evidence seems to be stacked against him. 

The local constabulary might have locked Matt up, but before they can throw away the key, Kitty hears the news and hies to his aid, determined to prove his innocence. And when her investigations lead her to the home of retired theater impresario Stanley Davenport, and the local amateur dramatics society, Kitty uncovers a web of deceit that stretches far beyond the stage make-up. But Kitty’s digging is bringing her to the attention of the killer. Without her partner in crime-fighting, can Kitty expose them and clear Matt’s name? Or will it be curtains for them both? 

A gripping Golden Age cozy murder mystery, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T. E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.  

©2020 Helena Dixon (P)2020 Bookouture

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loved it.

I love this series. The mystery is always very intriguing and the slow burn romance keeps me hooked on these 2 characters. I'm also really enjoying the secondary mystery of Kitty's missing mother. I've got the next one downloaded to listen to next.

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Very enjoyable!

An enjoyable tale that keeps you intrigued all the way through. Enough hint of romance to keep it interesting but not too sweet. I hope there will be another in the series as each book is proving to be just as enjoyable as the last.
Well narrated but with a few strange pronunciation issues which can be a bit irritating. Editor?

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  • 28-08-20

An excellent addition to the Miss Underhay stories

Narration was excellent and brought the story to life. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Amazing!!

Absolutley brilliant. I'm hooked and can't wait to find out more about Kitty and Matt's adventures. I hope they get together.

brilliant murder mystery and back story about Matt and Kitty falling in love 😍😍 these characters are bought to life and I would love to see these made into a series or movie xx

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  • 09-08-20

Terrific narration brings characters to life

Mysterious cast of characters combined with potential romance makes this a good start to the series. Great writing.

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  • Candy
  • 03-07-20

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I’ve really enjoyed this series with Matt and Kitty! Hoping for a little more romance between the two in the next book!!

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  • 28-07-20

Excellent continued series

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Once again Helena has outdone herself with Murder at the Playhouse. I am so enjoying the series and I am so excited for the next one!

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  • 31-07-20

interesting yet boring at times

more love-romance at times than mystery. was hoping Kitty would grow up a bit. also wishing the age difference would stop being pointed out between the two "love-birdies". makes him a stereotype of a older dirty man cradle robbing while she is a dewy eyed virgin waiting for marriage. ok story, plot used before. Kitty needs to grow up if she is taking over for her grandmother.

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  • 04-08-21

Murder and mystery at the playhouse

Who would have thought that a playhouse was so full of murder and mystery?
Kitty finds herself in a jumble when Matt is locked up for murder…that’s all I’m going to say. Who is the real culprit? Is Matt innocent or not?
There’s also some interesting developments with Kitty’s mother.

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  • Lydia
  • 14-04-21

Good story, conclusion needs development

This one had a good plot and nicely developed characters, but needed more expository at the end- why was stated but it just felt too abrupt. I also think that Kitty WOULD have definite expectations if Matt kissed her in 1933. Times have changed.

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  • ED
  • 29-10-21

That’s a lot of “frisson(s) of electricity coursing through kitty’s back”.

Sorry but the shameless repetition of this and many other apparently favored phrases and words throughout this book series had me rolling my eyes by the middle of book one… and determinedly shaking my head in irritation at present.

Difficult to take such missteps in stride. Can’t help but feel the presence of amateur.