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Murder on the Dance Floor

(A Miss Underhay Mystery #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.

November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening.
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Published October 28th 2020 by Bookouture
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Phrynne
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Another delightful episode in the lives of Kitty Underhay and her partner in crime solving, Matt. I am enjoying this whole series very much.

There are the usual murders, heaps of suspects and always a hint of danger for Matt and Kitty. I like that the police are not idiots and also that they are happy to accept information from our clever pair of sleuths. There are some great historical facts in there with the fiction, especially the food. Imagine a restaurant meal of cottage pie followed by jam
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Brenda
With her grandmother unwell, proprietor of the Dolphin Hotel, Kitty Underhay was obliged to attend the annual Hoteliers’ Association dinner in her stead. Accompanied by Captain Matthew Bryant, her partner in crime on previous occasions, Kitty was looking forward to dancing with Matt after dinner. The eight members of Kitty and Matt’s table were a diverse bunch, but local councillor Harold Everton was a well-known boor. When he suddenly died in front of horrified onlookers, little did Kitty and M ...more
Javier
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
“It’s murder on the dance floor
You’d better not kill the groove
DJ gonna burn this god damn house
right now” 🎶🎶🎶

Am I the only one that upon reading the title of the new Kitty Underhay mystery can’t help humming Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s song?

As the lyrics say, Ms. Dixon did not kill the groove in this new instalment of a series that it’s fast becoming a beloved one for me. Love me some historical cozy mystery!

It’s always such a pleasure to meet back Kitty, Matthew, Alice, Grandma and even Mrs. Cra
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DJ Sakata
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

‘I believe I’ve met her cousin, Betty, on a few occasions.’ Alice’s mother sniffed. ‘My sister Aggie’s girl. A fast article she is and so sharp she’ll cut herself one of these times.’

You know you cannot do anything around here without the world knowing your business. You were seen, my dear, by one of the staff and now their tongues are wagging at both ends spreading gossip.

The remains of the snow lingered only in a few shady corners, piled up like spilled icing sugar that someone
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Lou
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on the Dance Floor is the fourth instalment in the Miss Kitty Underhay Mystery series, set in 1930s Torbay, Devon. It's preferable, but certainly not a necessity, to have read the preceding books before diving into this as the main thread of the plot and investigation is self-contained and enough background is given on the characters to bring new readers up to speed. As autumn turns to winter in the coastal town of Torbay, Kitty Underhay is heading out in the increasingly damp and foggy c ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Kitty Underhay has proved herself to be quite the amateur detective. Time and again, murder and other serious crimes prove to follow her wherever she goes. When Kitty is attending a dinner in place of her grandmother, someone drops dead after consuming a bowl of soup. There is no way Kitty could ignore what is going on. Along with dear friend and love interest Matthew Bryant, Kitty begins looking for answers.

It doesn't take Kitty and Matt long to recognize the cause of death and who they think c
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Karren Hodgkins
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read three of the four Kitty Underhay novels and enjoyed them all. It was really great to see Kitty's personal story move along. This is a fascinating thread involving her relationships with her grandmother (who owns the hotel they both live in) and Matt ( PI, her friend and love interest)..

When it comes to the murder mystery it is evident that things are just not what they seem. And the more Kitty and Matt dig, the more complicated it gets.The motivation behind the murder was intriguing
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Denise
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another delightful installment in this cozy mystery series set in Devon, England. This 4th features Miss Kitty Underhay, whose grandmother owns the Dolphin Hotel, in her latest adventure.

It's autumn, 1933, and Kitty is attending the annual Hotelier's Association Dinner and Dance with her love interest, Captain Matthew Bryant, when one of the guests at their table collapses and dies. Poisoned. Councillor Harold Everton was known as an honest businessman, but soon there are hints of fraud and bri
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Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of historical cozy mysteries
Recommended to Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog by: Bookouture
Shelves: 2020
Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death! I love this tagline and this story, which is another great addition to the Kitty Underlay series. This is such a super fun series to read and just keeps getting better as each book is released. Murder on the Dance Floor is the 4th instalment and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I do recommend you reading them in order.

Once again it was so great to catch up with Kitty and co and be transported back to 1933 for a few hours. This time around we s
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Janet
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and overbearing local councillor Harold Everton drops dead into his bowl of consommé. Kitty and Matt waste no time leaping into action.
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Toni
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the fourth book in the A Miss Underhay mystery series by Helena Dixon.

This book reads like it is set in the twentieth century. My meaning by that is that it is a very easy book to navigate and get through. Sometimes historicals set in this century are hard to muddle through. There are the normal 30’s aspects of the text that bring you into the setting that surprise you and make you read on.

Kitty Underhay and Captain Matt Bryant are drawn into a mystery while at a dinner party wh
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Jan
Despite being part of a series, you can't feel like you're out of the loop because the author keeps inserting useful tidbits. Kitty, who runs her grandmother's hotel, and her partner in solving crimes, Matthew, as well as her maid, Alice, are faced with a murder now and an ongoing mystery regarding Kitty's mother's disappearance 17 years ago. The current murder has lots of suspects with motive and probable means and opportunity, but nothing even hinting at proof. It's a good thing they have the ...more
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title: Murder on the Dance Floor
Author: Helena Dixon
Publication Day: Oct 28th 2020

Description:

Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.

November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and ove
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Anna
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of "Murder On The Dance Floor", the 4th book in the Miss Kitty Underhay series. Once more Ms. Dixon has written a brilliant addition to this series.

The story is set in November 1933, Kitty's grandmother Mrs. Treadwell asks her to represent her and the Dolphin Hotel at the Hoteliers Dinner Dance being held at The Imperial Hotel. Kitty and Alice Miller (who has acted as her lady's maid and chaperone during several cases) are staying over at the hotel,
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Joanne D'Arcy
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that even if Kitty Underhay tries to live a normal life, murder seems to follow her around. In this her fourth outing, murder is found at the dinner table at the Imperial Hotel. Kitty and her close friend Captain Matt Bryant are also at the table. 

The victim it seems has ingested potassium cyanide and is a pompous unpopular local councillor Harold Everton. 

He previously has spoked to Matt and asked him if he could help with something in his capacity as a private investigator. 

Also at th
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Sandra
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another fabulously cosy crime story, featuring the intrepid Kitty and dashing, but conflicted Matt. Kitty is the heroine you expect in a story like this, taking advantage of the opportunities she has in this time period and wanting to do as much as she can as an independent woman. However, Matthew has issues with this and this has caused some disagreements with them previously.

In this story, however, we learn a bit more about Matthew and also see the green eyes of jealousy appear which g
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Moriah
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Murder on the Dance Floor is the fourth title in the Miss Underhay cozy mystery series set in 1930s Britain; it takes place several months after the events of the previous book. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but there is an overarching mystery involving Kitty's mother who disappeared during WWI. The book begins with a priest bringing a box that belonged to Jack Dawkins following his death; Kitty and her grandmothe ...more
Tracy Wood
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, netgalley-2020
Kitty Underhay is back and as winter envelops Torbay in the foggy, sleety weather no one likes she is representing her aunt, proprietress of their establishment, The Dolphin, at the Hoteliers' annual dinner. With her friend Captain Matt Bryant as her partner for the evening and dismayed by their dining companions she is hopeful a late evening of dancing will relieve the tension surrounding their table.

All that is forgotten however, when the most objectionable of their fellow diners, a prospectiv
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Vivienne
My thanks to Bookouture for an eARC via NetGalley of Helena Dixon’s ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ in exchange for an honest review.

“Kitty Underhay’s dance card is full… of death.”

This is the fourth in Dixon’s series of historical cosy mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Miss Kitty Underhay.

November 1933, Kitty is attending the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She is escorted by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant and Kitt
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Lauren (Pip)
Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as an ARC through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
I really did not enjoy this book. Murder-mysteries are usually my favourite, so I have been exposed to many of the common tropes in the genre. This was unfortunately, extremely reliant on tropes and cliche. The actual plot of the mystery was okay by itself and could've potentially been engaging, but the writing did not pull me in enough to feel realistic. The romance was cheesy and cliche. The language and style was attem
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Stefanie Rls
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I'm grateful of receiving a free copy from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review of this book. -

‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ by Helena Dixon is the 4th book in the ‘Miss Underhay Mystery’ series and if you, like me, haven’t read the other books I would like to recommend that you do this first.
It’s not that this story can’t be read as a s
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loopyloulaura
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kitty Underhay is embroiled in another murder investigation when a local councillor is poisoned at a dinner event at a hotel. Local politics and scandal are uncovered over the course of the investigation. Meanwhile, Kitty and Matthew Bryant try to move forward with their relationship...
Murder on the Dance Floor see the Kitty and Matthew seize the chance to spend some time together socially. But their enthusiasm is quickly diminished by Councillor Everton's death from cyanide. They join forces on
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so sorry to have missed the first three of this series because this one is right up my street!

With her grandmother ill, Kitty Underhay has been given the task of representing the Dolphin Hotel at the annual Hotelier's Association Dinner and Dance. Accompanied by Captain Matthew Bryant, Kitty is hoping he will brighten what otherwise promises to be a dull evening. As they enjoy their meal, exchanging pleasantries with others seated at their table they are shocked when one of them, a rather ob
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Betsy
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read-there are great characters that you can relate to-even if the story takes place almost a century ago. While it is the fourth in a series, I have only read the preceding book and had no trouble following along. There is a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Kitty's mother some years ago that seems to run through the entire series but doesn't cause any issues in understanding the plot etc.

Kitty and Matthew are attending the annual Hoteliers' Association Dinner when one of
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Annarella
This series is becoming a favorite and I think it improves with each instalment.
This was excellent and I read it in one setting, a page turner I couldn't put down.
It was great to catch up with the characters and I was happy to read about the developments in the Kitty/Matt relationship.
The cast of characters are well thought and likeable as usual and it is interesting how Kitty changed and grew. She's now a strong and independent woman who is facing some hard realities but also some sweet news.
Th
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Roberta
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Miss Underhay Mystery Series has been a favourite right from the first book (Murder at the Dolphin Hotel). I wasn’t disappointed by this instalment.

I always enjoy returning to the world of the Dolphin Hotel. I am very fond of the characters in this series - Kitty, Matt, Kitty’s grandmother, and Alice particularly. They are well written and believable, as well as likeable. I enjoyed exploring a little more of the relationship between Kitty and Matt, and some progress finally being made! There
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Beachcomber
This was a free ARC via NetGalley and Bookouture in return for an unbiased review. I read the first in the Underhay series via NetGalley and liked it - I am a fan of historical cosy mysteries, it’s set in Devon (near to the town I live in, and I’ve been to Dartmouth and Torquay on holiday as a child), and the characters are likeable. So when I saw a new book, I requested it quickly. I soon realised there must have been two more books since the first one I’d read, and I’d missed them - so I’ve du ...more
Homerun2
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
This is a fun and readable historical cozy series, set in England after WWI. Kitty Underhay helps manage her grandmother's hotel and has agreed to attend a hoteliers' dinner to represent her family. Her friend verging on boyfriend Matt Bryant agrees to escort her. As is often the case in mysteries, Kitty is pretty much a magnet for dead bodies and doesn't get too ruffled when a dinner companion drops dead during the soup course.

Kitty and Matt can't help but insinuate themselves in the
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J Soligo
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not wait for this next instalment in the Miss Underhay Mysteries series! Once again Kitty and Matt find themselves in the midst of another murder; one that will have you guessing whodunnit after the second body shows up! Woven amongst this new murder is the continued search for answers about Kitty’s mother Elowed’s disappearance. Kitty's search begins with a desire for closure, but as she discovers more, her quest is now for justice. Matt and Kitty’s romance is finally taking a step forw ...more
Debra Dowling
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series, and this latest book did not disappoint. This series can be read as stand alone books, but the secondary stories make more sense if books are read in order.
Kitty and Matt, still unsure what their relationship is exactly, attend a fundraiser together. Sadly, as is becoming typical of Kitty, she is sitting at a table when a man is murdered. This time, the Inspector seeks the help of Matt and Kitty in solving this case, especially when a second victim turns up. While
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