Once again, the majority of my reading this month was from the Mystery category, with one exception. So many good books, so little time!
Murder at Enderly Hall by Helena Dixon
Miss Underhay Mystery, Book Two|
What a lovely continuation of Kitty Underhay’s story! In this installment, Kitty receives an invitation to visit her father’s family at their estate. Of course, the mystery begins almost as soon as she arrives. Lord and Lady Medford, Kitty’s aunt and uncle, have several other guests and an army of servants. Among the assortment of people at Enderly Hall is an elderly woman who remembers Kitty’s mother. Unfortunately, she’s killed before Kitty can get much information. In addition, some ultra-sensitive papers are stolen. Captain Matthew Bryant, the handsome veteran who provided security at the Dolphin Hotel in Book One, has now set up shop as a private investigator and is called in to assist the Inspector and Kitty’s uncle discover the villain. I really enjoyed reading about Kitty – she’s clever, and she learns a lot about herself. There’s a hint of romance with Matthew, but plenty of room for that to continue to develop later on. Reading this reminded me of the stately settings in one my favorite TV dramas. I’ve already purchased Book Three so I’ll be able to find out where this goes.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Bromance Book Club, Book One
Lyssa is a fellow Michigander who is in demand as a speaker at writers groups and conferences. At the last conference I attended in person, she mentioned her current project, and about a year later we were all pleased to see this book appear on several best-seller lists and “must read” articles in women’s magazines. I was pleased to see that my local library had a copy, so I borrowed it. This book is a lot spicier than what I usually read, but if you can get past the language and bedroom stuff, it’s a fun story. Gavin has messed up his marriage, big time (I won’t share here what he did, because this is a G-rated blog). His mission is to win his wife back. His buddies, all fellow athletes, vow to help him by making him read a regency romance novel to understand what he must do to succeed. Scenes from the book he’s reading are interspersed throughout, so we’re able to understand why he does some of the things he does.
My favorite line: Gavin takes Thea to the Art Supply Store for a date. Having recently discovered Pinterest (and all the many pictures of him posted by women), he tells Thea that he’d be uncomfortable finding pictures of her posted online by men he didn’t know. She responds, “That’s different. I’m not famous like you are.” He says, “You’re the most important person in the w-w-world to me, so I beg to differ.”
That’s a truly romantic line.
Murder at the Playhouse by Helena Dixon
Miss Underhay Mystery, Book Three
Kitty is drawn deep into the world of theater when the body of a young girl is discovered on the golf course and Matthew Bryant is named as the chief suspect. The young starlet and her friend had been guests at a party held next door to his home, and the hosts, patrons of local theater, are adamant that they’ve never seen the girl before. Even though Kitty and Matthew weren’t on the best of terms last time they parted, she’s compelled to investigate, and with the help of her trusty maid Alice, Kitty gets involved in a variety show produced by all the local suspects.
We are introduced to Matthew’s parents, who have their own agenda for their son. Though Inspector Greville is on the job, it’s Kitty’s power of observation that helps to solve the mystery and clear Matt’s name, although there are moments of terror. There are several red herrings, and the real villain is a bit of a surprise. I’ve already purchased Book Four, and I can’t wait to dive in!
Follow Your Nose by Noel Cash
Rory Harper West Haven Mystery, Book Four
Rory’s attraction to Kix continues to grow as they work together. This time, they need to fight against the Storm Keeper, a mysterious and deadly villain from the past who has taken power from all the Myths except Rory. Of course, as the only one with any powers, he has no choice but to go against the Storm Keeper. Kix is always there, encouraging him, and rescuing him when the spells threaten to take him over. This installment has one hair-raising scene after another, and we’re kept guessing about who they can trust until the very end. Highly recommend the series, but start from the beginning with Book One!