Murder by the Minster (Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries, #1)
A BRAND NEW COSY MYSTERY SERIES SET IN THE PICTURESQUE CITY OF YORK. FOR FANS OF FAITH MARTIN, BETTY ROWLANDS AND LJ ROSS.
Meet Kitt Hartley: librarian, trilby-wearer, Lady Grey tea-drinker, taker of no nonsense... detective?
It's a perfectly normal day for Kitt Hartley at her job at the University of the Vale of York library, until Detective Inspector Halloran arrives at...more
Series:Kitt Hartley #1
Author: Helen Cox
Meet Kitt Hartley: librarian, trilby-wearer, taker of no nonsense... detective?
It's a perfectly normal day for Kitt Hartley at her job at the University of the Vale of York library, until Detective Inspector Halloran arrives at her desk to tell her that her best friend, Evie Bowes, is under suspicion of murder. Evie's ex-boyfriend Owen has been found dead - with a fountain pen stabbed through his heart - ...more
This is one review I hope doesn’t come back to bite me. I hope it doesn’t come across as unduly harsh.
On the positive side, Helen Cox obviously knows how to write. (She’s a multi-published romance novelist.) I didn’t feel like pulling my eyeballs out while reading, and the story kept me reading from the first page to the last. Kudos for that!
However, there are some serious issues with the book as ...more
Three dramatic murders in York??? Noooooo!!!! It is one of the most beautiful, historic and safest cities in the UK where the most dangerous thing is the River Ouse (it is indeed ‘merciless’) and on a lighter note the hen and stag parties that descend at weekends with all their gaudy plumage and exuberance. However, I loved the setting as like many of our glorious old cities with rich history it did make a fabulous backdrop to this Christie-esque novel. I thought Kitt Hartley and ...more
Meet Kitt Hartley: librarian, no-nonsense Yorkshirewoman ... detective?
It's a perfectly normal day for Kitt Hartley at her job at the University of the Vale of York library, until Detective Inspector Halloran arrives at her desk to tell her that her best friend, Evie Bowes, is under suspicion of murder. Evie's ex-boyfriend Owen has been found dead - with a ...more
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Yay! A book set firmly in the stunning York Minster and the historic city of York. I’ve read many historical books and time slip novels set here, but nothing like a cosy mystery as far as I can recall. This novel hits the spot and then some. It’s like being with old friends and as this is a debut, that’s pretty good going!
There’s a lot to like here. Comedy, mystery, a who dunnit Cluedo style drama and a sleuth who constantly drops in literary quotes, ...more
A very good first mystery for this author! The story was a good one, not too intricately plotted, but well written with engaging characters. I ...more
Kitt Hartley is a librarian at the University of the Vale of York, she is very good at her job, let’s be honest, but her life will turn upside down when her best friend is accused of murder and she as an accomplice! She knows that neither of them have killed the not so nice Owen, so the question would be, who had a strong motive to kill him? With some interesting characters and ...more
One perfectly normal day, Kitt's morning is interrupted by the arrival of the intriguing Detective Inspector Malcolm Halloran at her desk, to tell her that her best friend Evie has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Owen.
Kitt is ...more
I loved the protagonist, Kitt Hartley, librarian during the ...more
To be honest, I only read this because it's at it York, which I know well. However I ended up rattling through it in 2 days. Very enjoyable murder-mystery centred around a feisty red haired librarian(yes,really) and her friends. The characters were all engaging, and even though I'm not a big fan of romance, I still enjoyed this book very much.
I was given an Arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When her friends ex is murdered a not so quitel librarian decides she is going to clear her friends name but when more bodies turn up and the suspicion falls on them both things take a dramatic twist
It's well written, engrossing and entertaining. It was one of those book you cannot put down and I turned pages as fast as I could till I reached the last one.
The cast of characters is well written and fleshed out, Kitt grows slowly on you and you start rooting for her after a bit.
The mystery is full of red herrings, twists and turns and kept me guessing till the end.
The setting is lovely and the plot, even if a ...more
This is basically a police procedural with cozy mystery leanings. Kitt is a librarian who is taken in for questioning for the murder of her best friend Evie’s ex-boyfriend, Owen. The mystery was pretty good and I had no idea whodunit ...more
Once Evie is released, she decides she needs to investigate Owen’s death in order to clear herself. Kitt believes this is ...more
Murder by the Minster is the first book in a new cosy mystery series by Helen Cox. Due out 1st July from Quercus, it's 374 pages and will be available in ebook format.
I generally love cosies with bonus points for librarians, England, university/academia. This book checked all the boxes, really. I wasn't familiar with the author previously, but the cover and the premise caught my eye. I'm glad I gave it a try because it is engagingly written and ...more
After a slow start the story grew on me, though I don’t think I’m the target reader. The novel has too much description for my liking, which slows the pace. The police procedural side seems somewhat unlikely, resulting in behaviour that’s unrealistic. If ...more
What then follows is Kitt's attempt to exonerate her friend whilst at the same time searching for clues to the real culprit, and that's where Kitt put her detective skills to good years. Years as a librarian, and reading detective fiction, ...more
If you like your crime fiction gritty, raw and tense, this isn't for you, but if you're looking for something much less threatening and your taste is more for the "cosy crime" subgenre, with a hint of humour and romance thrown in, then this one is definitely for you.
It has a good cast of characters, several of whom ...more
Kitt was maybe a little over the top with her literary call backs but it did fit with her character. I loved Grace, Kitt’s assistant who would happily spend hours digging round on the internet following clues, without falling into ...more
There are too many slightly eccentric characters to make this realistic, but it makes it an enjoyable light-hearted (for a murder!) read - and there's more than a dash of romance ...more
Kitt Hartley; librarian, unique sense of fashion, single, loyal friend and disbelieving of her best friend being guilty of murder. What an intricate and yet totally believable tale! Beautifully plotted and skilfully written, with something always happening to keep my attention firmly on the story - and such great characters!
With such fantastic descriptions, it was so easy to have a ...more
There was only one thing wrong with Murder by the Minster for me-- and it may ...more
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After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and ...more