Meet the Characters – Miss Underhay from Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon

A warm welcome today to author Helena Dixon who is interviewing Miss Underhay, the lead character of her popular Miss Underhay Mystery series. First, let’s take a look at the cover and find out a bit more about the book.

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An escape to the country… ends in death.

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?

A charming cozy historical murder mystery that fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss won’t be able to put down!

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Now let’s move onto Nell’s interview with Miss Underhay.

Thank you, Miss Underhay for taking time from your busy life to talk to us today. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

The pleasure is mine, thank you for asking me. My name is Kitty Underhay, I’m twenty-three and live with my grandmother, Mrs Treadwell. We own the Dolphin Hotel in Dartmouth, which has been our family home for over two hundred years.

I believe you lost your mother in mysterious circumstances?

Yes, my mother, Elowed, disappeared in June 1916 when I was a child. We have been searching for her ever since. My father, Edgar, has recently re-entered my life. He resides mainly in America but has recently introduced me to his sister, Lady Medford. I’m hopeful that she may have some information to aid our search.

Your name has been linked with that of Captain Matthew Bryant?

Hmm, someone has been tittle-tattling. Probably Mrs Craven, that woman has never cared for me. Matt and I are just good friends, I assure you. The loss of his wife and child during the Great War and his dreadful experiences during that time have left deep wounds on his psyche.

How did you and Captain Bryant meet?

My grandmother was concerned about some incidents that had happened at the hotel. Matt is the son of some old friends of hers, he had recently left the service and was kicking  around at a loose end. She employed him to take care of security.

And to take care of you?

I assure you; I am quite able to take care of myself. This is 1933 and I am a modern, independent woman.

My apologies, Miss Underhay. Please tell us more about The Dolphin and Dartmouth, it sounds delightful.

The Dolphin is quite an historic building. It stands on the embankment and you can see it as you cross over the river Dart on the ferry. It’s half timbered and is the premiere hotel in the town. Dartmouth is very old. There is a castle which stands guarding the river mouth and one can take tea there now at the tea rooms. There is a small marina, called the Boat Float, a large Naval college on the hill leading out of town and several medieval buildings like those in the Butterwalk.

Not the kind of place you would expect to find embroiled in a murder?

Certainly not, that is what made the events all the more shocking. It caused quite the stir as you can imagine.

I hear Captain Bryant has now opened a business in Torquay? Will you be assisting him in his new venture?

Yes, Torbay Private Investigative Services. There are cases where a woman’s touch and intuition may prove very useful.

You seem a very busy lady, Miss Underhay, is there anything you would like to change about your life?

Please, call me Kitty. Obviously, I wish I could discover what happened to my mother, if only to give my poor grandmother some closure. Matt is assisting me in my search, after seventeen years, it’s hard to find new leads. I love The Dolphin and enjoy my work, but I must confess it sometimes feels as if it weighs me down. I enjoy helping Matt with his investigations even when it gets dangerous.

Thank you for talking to me today, and good luck with your future investigations and I hope you manage to discover what happened to your mother.

My pleasure. I’m sure you’ll excuse me if I have to rush off. Trouble with the kitchen staff again. Honestly, chefs are always so horribly temperamental. Give me a good plain cook any day.

Intrigued? Read what some readers are saying about the book:

Endearing, engaging characters; and a fast-moving plot line filled with unexpected twists and turns. This is a whodunit that you will not want to put down till it’s done!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I loved this cosy mystery. There were many twists and turns and I couldn’t wait to find out the identity of the perpetrator behind the crimes. I look forward to reading more in this series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Gripping from the very first page. It was quite difficult to put the book down… Very deserving of 5 stars and more.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

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Meet Helena

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Helena Dixon splits her time between the Black Country and Devon. 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 and Love Story of the Year 2010 as Nell Dixon.

She now writes historical 1930’s set cozy crime. Nell enjoys hearing from readers and you can read her news and contact her here:

Website: http://www.nelldixon.com

Blog: http://www.nelldixonrw.blogspot.com

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Meet the Characters – Maggie Jamieson from Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten

A warm welcome this week to the lovely Noelle Holten, author of the gripping DC Maggie Jamieson series. The second book in the series, Dead Wrong, is out soon and Noelle is interviewing Maggie Jamieson today but first, let’s find out a bit about the book.

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The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…

DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.

Three missing women running out of time…

They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.

The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…

But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.

Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.

Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2La92Jd

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2DtugNU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/37SFIk7

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2Dz2Zd3

Dead Wrong is out as an ebook on March 14th and in paperback on May 14th 2020

Now let’s move onto Noelle’s interview with Maggie Jamieson.

Thank you for finding the time to talk to me, Maggie. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m DC Maggie Jamieson and I work in the Major and Organised Crime Department at Stafford Police Station. I have over ten years experience as a Detective and have recently finished a secondment in the Domestic Abuse and Homicide Unit. I live with my brother at the moment – long story so I won’t bore you with that – but we had been estranged for some time so it’s nice getting to know him again! I’m single, have a cat named Scrappy and I enjoy reading.

Has there been any specific case that affected you more than others and if you could tell us a bit about that without breaching any rules, that would be great! 

I think most police officer’s have a case or two that get under their skin. Mine would be Bill Raven – you can read all about him in the papers. He’s serving a life sentence and if I have anything to do with it, he won’t ever get parole. I’ve heard people describe certain killers as having a cold stare – this guy is an ice storm!

What would you say are your strengths? Do you think others would agree with you? 

I’m not sure others would agree with me, but I think some of my strengths are my determination, my loyalty, my dedication to the job. I’ve heard people describe me as arrogant, and I am working on how I come across but I think I just follow my instinct and sometimes that means I may step on the toes of others. I take on board what others say, but I have a lot of experience and stick to my guns.

What would you say are your weaknesses?

I can be a bit closed off. I can be a bit of a hot head and I’m way too stubborn.  I struggle a lot with my confidence at times – believe it or not – and find it hard to tell others how I feel about them. That may be a bit immature, but I think everyone has this within them at times. Life isn’t always easy and putting up a wall to pretend you’re something can be both a help and a hindrance. Did I mention I also ramble….

Confession time! What would be the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Oh christ. Probably when I was a kid. I punched my brother in the nose just to see what happened. It bled a lot. I think it was his first nose bleed. I then made him promise not to tell my parents or I would do it again. That’s pretty bad, right?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?  

I’m quite a homebody but I’ve always wanted to go to Canada. So maybe in some small town in Canada. Wonder if I could join the Mounted Police?

What, if anything, would you change about your life?

I wish I had travelled more in my younger days. After uni, I joined the police force and never really travelled. It might be why I am such a homebody. So maybe I just wish I was more adventurous – that would be useful in other aspects of my life too.

I can see from your bookshelves you’re an avid reader. What book would you recommend to others? 

I’ve hardly had a chance to read much with work – it’s been once case after another. I’d have to say, I love a bit of gangland crime and recommend you check out The Boss by Caz Finlay.

Great interview, Noelle and Maggie. Can’t wait to read Dead Wrong, I was totally gripped by Dead Inside. Here’s the book cover and blurb for Dead Inside, Noelle’s debut novel. 

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The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

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Now let’s meet Noelle

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Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog.

Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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