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Murder at the Dolphin Hotel: A Gripping Cozy Historical Mystery

A Miss Underhay Mystery, Book 1
著者: Helena Dixon
ナレーター: Alex Tregear
シリーズ: Miss Underhay Mystery
再生時間: 8 時間 7 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Mysteries & Thrillers

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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 perfect for the arrival of a glamorous jazz singer from Chicago and a masked ball that will be the cultural highlight of the season.

But when several rooms are broken into and searched, including Kitty’s own, she quickly realizes that something out of the ordinary is afoot at the hotel. Soon, rumors are flying in the cozy town that someone is on the hunt for a stolen ruby. A ruby that Kitty’s mother may well have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. And when the break-ins are followed by a series of attacks and murders, including of the town’s former mayoress, it seems the perpetrator will stop at nothing to find it.

Aided by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, the Dolphin’s new security officer, Kitty is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the reputation of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Is there a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty’s own past?

A classic murder mystery! Fans of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Edmondson, and T. E. Kinsey will love this whodunit.

©2019 Helena Dixon (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dylan
  • 2020/04/06

Very Good Start

For a while I have been looking for a perfect combination of story, likeable characters and narrator. I have been a huge fan of The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen which have given me hour upon hour of joy. However, with the declining quality in story and new narrator I have found I needed something more.
I really have battled to get that perfect combo and I feel this series can fulfil my appetite. For starters Alex Tregear sounds like a wonderful narrator. She has the ability to create uniqueness of the characters and does justice to the male voices. I feel she has the ability to create warmth and depth of character.
Kitty is a really likeable main character. She isn't helpless, she is smart and can survive without a man. Good for her :)
The story is just what people would expect from a cozy mystery. It's not going to be an Agatha Christie. It should be a bit looser on the mystery. But overall I do feel the mystery is pretty solid for a cozy mystery.
Looking forward to buying book 2 and waiting eagerly for book 3.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 2020/02/09

The story's buried in conjecture

There are some nice scene descriptions of nature and rooms and interesting plot and characters introduced but I think Ms. Dixon needs to learn how to give body to her plot. She fills it out with painfully repetitious, fretful self-questions of the characters about what options they have in every situation and the main characters' excessive and premature conjecturing as to WHO might have done the bad things before the story has even hardly gotten going - these completely block the flow of the story. I was disappointed because the plot, description and characters showed such promise.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Meg
  • 2020/01/05

Loved it!

I can't think of any complaints, except that number 2 isn't already out! I liked that the characters were adults and didn't have the immature drama you find in YA novels. At the same time, there wasn't bad language, sex scenes, etc. I enjoyed the time period and mystery. For me it was just fun and I look forward to the sequel!

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • John S.
  • 2020/01/14

One serious flaw

Otherwise, it wasn't a bad start to a new series.

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.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Swissmiss
  • 2020/02/08

Fun English cozy mystery

If you’re looking for a light, fun, typically English cozy mystery, you’ll enjoy this book. Cute story, well performed. Not great literature, but it’s not meant to be. Entertaining and enjoyable.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • katnel
  • 2020/01/23

A really good read with excellent narration!

I thought this was a very well written book, especially for the first one the author has done, at least for this series. The characters were well developed, especially the two main personalitids. I I found it to be fast paced and suspenseful and it had an exciting ending. I look forward to the next book, but hope the main couple's relationship evolves at a faster pace. The narrator did a wonderful job with all the different characters and made you feel like you were watching a play. Her voice is really easy to listen to, as well. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to the next in the series!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Curious
  • 2020/02/13

Well Pleased

It was a delight to find a new cosy mystery series that was interesting without being gushy. Well plotted with characters one is pleased to care about enough to want to know more about.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stacey R. Gibbs
  • 2020/02/27

Fun book

I loved this book 📖. They story line was very good and kept me interested the whole way through until the end.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • RedAunt
  • 2020/02/18

Good cozy read

There are a few inconsistencies that should have been caught in editing: Kitty was drinking gin, but a sentence or two later there was reference to her wine glass, and then her gin; another instance was placing her bible in the bedside table where she always kept it, but she wasn't in her own room. Switching from 'father' suddenly to 'papa' was disconcerting and seemed contrived.

Alex Tregear did a great job with the narration.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara D Payne
  • 2020/02/10

A pleasant listen.

The storyline was light and interesting and had enough twists and turns to be engaging. Sometimes things fell into place a bit too neatly, a bit contrived. The narration was very good. The reader’s voice was pleasant and she conveyed the characters quite well. I’d listen to other books she narrates. This is a good book to use as filler between darker, more complex stories.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • AKEMAP
  • 2020/04/25

The perfect cosy read.

The perfect cost read
Get wished away to another life time. Murders that don’t frighten the daylights out of you. A good book for bedtime. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan & Kim
  • 2020/05/27

Easy listen

Nice summer story with interesting characters and set in a lovely part of the world. Yes I am biased, being a Devon Maid!
Looking forward to book 2.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • David Bacon
  • 2020/04/26

Easy listening

Easy to follow without too much complication to remember. Ideal for in the garden on a pleasant afternoon.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Trevelyan
  • 2020/04/23

Enjoyable.

Gentle and intriguing. my only criticisms are
1. Too many american terms e.g. elevator, which is irritating when listening to a story very clearly set in an English seaside town.
2. The narrator, though on the whole good, was not corrected on some mispronunciations which grated. The worst one was 'hyber- bowl' for hyperbole.!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/04/08

covid 19 gloom buster..very enjoyable

covid 19 gloom buster..very enjoyable
and very well read....dont hate when they insist you write than you want to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/05/25

It’s ok

Kitty is a tad underwhelming. Trembling, feeling faint a lot of the time. She’s made out to be weak and that makes the story weak. Could be better. Storyline ok.

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