Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Murder at the Dolphin Hotel (A Miss Underhay Mystery #1)” as Want to Read:
Murder at the Dolphin Hotel (A Miss Underhay Mystery #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel

(A Miss Underhay Mystery #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  69 reviews
A room with a view… to murder

June 1933. Independent young Kitty Underhay has been left in charge of her family’s hotel, The Dolphin, on the tranquil English coast. She’s expecting her days at the bustling resort to be filled with comfortable chatter with chambermaids as they polish the mahogany desks and glittering candelabras of the elegant foyer. Everything must be
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published December 11th 2019 by Bookouture
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Murder at the Dolphin Hotel

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  148 ratings  ·  69 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Murder at the Dolphin Hotel (A Miss Underhay Mystery #1)
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
As soon as I saw the setting I knew I wanted to read this. I spent many happy holidays in Dartmouth as a child, and remember looking out at the beautiful view of the river from a hotel window just as Kitty does in the story. Plus I always enjoy a good cosy set in the 1930's!

So Murder at the Dolphin Hotel ticked several boxes for me before I even started to read it. It also turned out to be an excellent mystery with many twists and turns and an unpredictable ending. I enjoyed the characters and
When Kitty Underhay’s grandmother left to attend to a sick relative, she had hired ex-Army Captain, Matthew Bryant as security for the Dolphin Hotel, and to make sure Kitty herself was safe. Grams knew more than she had let on to Matt; she was worried for Kitty, wishing she hadn’t had to leave. But needs must, and Kitty was an independent young woman, happy to oversee the hotel that had been her home for as long as she could remember. Kitty had acquired the services of a Chicago jazz singer who ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon is an engaging historical cozy. Ms. Dixon is a "new to me" author; but I was glad to find this book as it was an easy read.

The plot is smoothly paced with quite a few twists, several suspects and a diverse cast of characters set in 1933. I found Kitty and Matthew to be very likable and enjoyed getting to know them both as their characters developed throughout the story. The finale was intense and caught me by surprise as to "who done it". I look
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

This new series is set in Dartmouth, England in 1933 with the main characters of Mrs. Treadwell (Grams), the owner of the Dolphin Hotel and her granddaughter Kitty Underhay. Mrs. Treadwell hires ex-army Captain Matthew Bryant to watch over the hotel and especially Kitty as she has been receiving threatening notes in recent weeks. Someone seems to think that they know of the whereabouts of a
Robin Loves Reading
In one of my favorite genres, cozy mysteries, Murder at the Dolphin Hotel introduces readers to a new amateur detective as well as a new series.

The very first thing that I enjoyed about this book is the setting. It is 1933 and is in Dartmouth, England. Kitty Underhay is suddenly manager of her grandmother's hotel. Kitty is new at her job, and her grandmother, lovingly called Grams, also hires ex-captain Matthew Bryant to watch over things as she has to deal with an emergency in Scotland and is
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
As much as I love a heart-racing, hang onto your seat thriller, there’s something about slowing down and being completely engrossed in a cozy mystery during the holiday season that I absolutely love.

The Murder at the Dolphin Hotel takes place in the summer of 1933 in Dartmouth, England. Mrs. Treadwell (Grams) owns the beautiful Dolphin hotel, which is always bustling during the summer. However, Grams must reluctantly leave since her sister took quite the tumble resulting in some broken bones.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, historical cozy mystery set in Dartmouth, 1933.

It's summer and the start of the tourist season in riverside Dartmouth at the Dolphin Hotel. The fashionable place is owned and managed by Mrs. Treadwell and her granddaughter, Miss Kitty Underhay. As the story opens, a dead body has been fetched out of the river -- the man was a Dutch foreigner -- and the police are involved. Murder is not common in Dartmouth and this news has everyone a bit on edge. So, when Mrs. Treadwell has to leave
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
When her grandmother must travel to Scotland to care for an ailing relative, Kitty Underhay is left in charge of running the family's hotel during their greatest entertainment booking. After receiving several mysterious and threatening notes, Kitty's grandmother enlists a a former military man, Captain Matt Bryant to make sure everything is safe and secure in her absence.

Now with a murder so close to the hotel's front doors and rooms within in the hotel being secreted into and searched, it
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A murder mystery set in 1933, this was simply the perfect book for me. I grew up reading such books, scavenging them from my relatives' bookshelves... Most were first or second editions. You bet I was not allowed to touch them. Yet... I did.

Dolphin Hotel was the setting and its owner Mrs. Treadwell was receiving few threatening notes in the past few days. She hired Mathew to look into her and protect Kitty her granddaughter. In absentia of gran, Kitty and Matt started investigating, when murder
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A character described as a black Chicago native shouldn't sound like a white woman from NC! British narrator failed on how to handle that; I had to keep reminding myself the woman wasn't white.

Main character a bit Nancy Drew-ish, but not too ditzy. Romance angle not overdone.
Clare Chase
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this atmospheric historical mystery. The characters were appealing and I enjoyed the romantic sub-plot. The descriptions of 1930s Dartmouth, the hotel and other local businesses all added colour. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Diah R
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
(I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This wasn't the first cozy mystery I've read, but probably the most boring one. Maybe I'm just not suited to cozy mystery.

Pros: good writing (I swear the words flew like water and I didn't realize that I arrived at 50% mark just by reading it at work), easy to follow plot (much like other cozies), and cute setting.

Cons: too many characters, I didn't really like Kitty (and I guess this play a huge role on me not being
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable cosy period crime thriller, set in 1933. A very easy read, the author has a nice writing style.

A series of strange notes leaves Grams worried about Kitty’s safety, so she calls on Matthew Bryant to keep an eye on her granddaughter before being called away to deal with a family emergency. When Kitty’s bedroom is ransacked and people start getting murdered, it seems Kitty is in serious danger.

This is the first in the series about Kitty Underhay, a young woman who helps her grandmother
Tracy Wood
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Running a hotel is a time consuming profession even when it's in your blood and you are doing so during the heady days of the early 1930's. When you start getting threatening letters along with everything else it definitely adds an extra amount of stress to your day. Kitty Underhay lives with her grandmother at The Dolphin Hotel in Dartmouth which they own and manage between them. Kitty's mother, Elowed, disappeared in June 1916 on her way to London and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Her ...more
Gail C.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first in a new cozy mystery series featuring Kitty Underhay, a twenty-something year old woman in the flapper era. She has been raised by her grandmother in the hotel she owns and Kitty is currently co-managing the hotel with her grandmother in preparation for her assuming responsibility of it’s running. Kitty has been left in charge of the hotel while her grandmother travels to take care of an ailing aunt.
Before leaving, Kitty’s grandmother hires Matthew Bryant, a former captain in
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Murder at the Dolphin Hotel" is the first book in the "Miss Underhay Mystery" series and a great one at that. The book is set in Darmouth in the 1930s, where Kitty Underhay helps her grandmother to run the Dolphin Hotel. Soon she has to investigate a series of break-ins at the hotel, followed up by several attacks and murders with the help of Matthew Bryant, hired as the Dolphin's new security officer. Besides, all these may be related to the disappearance of Kitty's mum 16 years before.

Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A pleasantly surprising cozy mystery and a light and delightful read.

I was unsure about this book in the early going, but quickly came around to its charming characters and propulsive plot.

This book relies less on atmosphere than most cozy mysteries, which concerned me at first but felt like a nonissue by the end of the book. And while the solve is not exceptional, it’s perfectly fine.

Perhaps most intriguing is how well this book sets up the future installments of the series with several
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
1933. Seventeen years have passed since Kitty Underhay's mother, Elowed, disappeared. Kitty now co-runs the Dolphin Hotel with her grandmother Mrs Treadwell. But Mrs Treadwell has been receiving threatening letters and has employed a Captain Matthew Bryant to investigate and keep Kitty safe, while she travels to Scotland to look after her inujred sister.
But several murders later Inspector Grenville, Bryant and Kitty are no further solving the cases.
An enjoyable and well-written cozy historical
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This cozy mystery sounded like it would be right up my alley. Kitty is a young woman in the 1920s who has been put in charge of running the family hotel while her grandmother goes out of town for a bit. Her grandmother doesn’t want to leave and hires a former soldier to be in charge of security while she is gone, due to threatening letters she has been receiving. The problem for me was that kitty, is rather useless and makes only poor choices. I wanted more about the hotel and the workings of ...more
Roxx Tarantini
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"They fetched a body out the river this morning"

With a dead body virtually on her doorstep, Kitty really wasn't thinking anything amiss. But when she feels herself purposefully pushed into the path of an oncoming coal lorry, she starts to wonder. On discovering that her room had been methodically searched, she's sure there's something going on.

And so starts her adventure. Kitty is determined to solve this, even if the local constabulary seems to not give it too much importance.

This is my first
Bobbie Kirkland
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of MURDER AT THE DOLPHIN HOTEL (Book 1 of the Miss Underhay Mysteries) by Helena Dixon in exchange for an honest review. In June 1933, Kitty Underhay’s grandmother rushes away to deal with a family emergency and leaves Kitty in charge of the hotel and in kicking off the upcoming busy summer season. Kitty’s grandmother hired a security expert, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, but neglected to inform Kitty why the hotel now requires his services. After Kitty is knocked into ...more
Ashley Randle
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one to read! I would personally rate this book a 3 & a half stars, but I rounded up for the reviewing sites!

I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. You can tell it’s going to be a series because I still have questions on the main characters, that I think will be answered in the follow up books! This isn’t a book you want to put off, I kept coming back and picking it right back up to continue reading!

I will absolutely read Book #2 and I encourage others to read Book #1!
Scarlet Wilson
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this an enjoyable easily read cosy crime mystery. The setting and time period made the story extra enjoyable. Would read more books from this series in the future.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love discovering new authors and I especially like discovering new authors in the crime and mystery genre. Helena Dixon is definitely a new author for me. The synopsis for 'Murder At The Dolphin Hotel' certainly sounded like the sort of read I would enjoy and I must be psychic because that's exactly what happened. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Murder At The Dolphin Hotel' but more about that in a bit.
Kitty Underhay is an extremely likeable young lady and it took me no time at all to
This is an intriguing, cosy, well paced, historical murder mystery that I found delightful to escape into and a lovely page turner.

Kitty Underhay’s mother disappeared without trace when she was a child. Kitty was brought up by her grandmother, the owner of the Dolphin Hotel, where they both live. It is in 1933 that Kitty’s grandmother travels to look after her sister. Kitty is left in charge of the hotel, unaware of the mysterious notes her Gran has received. She is surprised to meet Matthew
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Bookouture for an eARC via NetGalley of Helena Dixon’s ‘Murder at the Dolphin Hotel’ in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first in a series of cosy mysteries set in the 1930s featuring amateur sleuth Miss Underhay.

June 1933 - Kitty Underhay lives in Dartmouth at the hotel that has been in their family since the 16th Century where she assists her grandmother in its day to day running. After receiving a number of disturbing letters, her grandmother decides to hire former Army
Jane Hunt
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This murder mystery has a lovely sense of place and time. Dartmouth, Devon is a picturesque setting, and particularly atmospheric during the post-war period. The hotel is well described and easy to visualise, as are the cast of characters. The connection with Kitty’s past that this first mystery, in the series has, gives the story added depth and draws the reader into Kitty’s world.

Kitty is a complex, courageous character, who is easy to like. Her intelligence tempered by an innate naivety makes
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say I do love a historical novel set in the interwar years, the 1930’s have long held a fascination for me. I always gravitate towards this type of novel, especially when they’re in my favourite mystery/thriller genre!

Murder At The Dolphin Hotel is a cosy historical whodunnit which is a subtle nod to classic crime fiction while still seeming fresh and new.

Our main characters, Kitty and Matthew were likeable and realistic. Matthew is a first world war veteran who is still suffering
Fay Flude
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle and genteel crime drama set in the Torbay area with Kitty Underhay and Matt Bryant. Kitty runs the Dolphin Hotel with her grandmother and is joined by Captain Matthew Bryant, recently demobbed from the army who has been employed to keep Kitty safe as her grandmother believe her to be at risk.
Mrs Treadwell or 'Grams' is conveniently elsewhere for most of the story as she is looking after Aunt Livvy in Scotland so the sleuthing pair are left in the hotel, trying to
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Five reasons I quite liked Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon:

1. The setting – a respectable and elegant hotel in a seaside town on the English coast in 1933 – can’t think of a better setting for a murder mystery. Unless, of course, there is a train involved. I love bodies on trains.

2. The plot - Kitty Underhay, young and conscientious, is left in charge of her grandmother’s hotel just as the season is about to begin. Expecting to do a professional job and prove herself, Kitty is less
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Hijinks & Murder: A Violet Carlyle Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 18)
  • Murder and a Christmas Gift: A 1920s Historical Cozy Mystery (An Evie Parker Mystery Book 7)
  • An Unholy Shame (Monica Noble, #3)
  • Murder by Plum Pudding (Ginger Gold Mysteries #11)
  • The Blossom Twins (Detective Natalie Ward #5)
  • The Argument
  • Murder in Black Tie (High Society Lady Detective)
  • An Oxford Murder: A Golden Age Mystery (The Catherine Tregowyn Mysteries Book 1)
  • Why She Ran
  • Murder in the Third Act: A 1920s Historical Cozy Mystery (An Evie Parker Mystery Book 6)
  • A Dangerous Engagement (Amory Ames #6)
  • The Silent Victim (Jessie Tucker Mystery, #1)
  • A Burglary In Belgravia (The Lady Eleanor Mysteries Book 2)
  • He Knows Your Secrets
  • I Dare You
  • Death Beside the Seaside (Lady Hardcastle,#6)
  • Murder on Eaton Square (A Ginger Gold Mystery, #10)
  • A Jolly Little Murder: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Christmas Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 17)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

A Miss Underhay Mystery (2 books)
  • Murder at Enderley Hall (A Miss Underhay Mystery #2)