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November 20, 2023

Murder at the Highland Castle by Helena Dixon ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Winter, 1935. Lightly dusted with snow and nestled on the edge of a sweeping Scottish loch, Finnglach Castle looks positively magical. Kitty Underhay, her husband Matt and their beloved dog Bertie are delighted to be celebrating the new year with a Hogmanay party, but moments before midnight, a shot rings out across the grounds…

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book cover of cozy mystery novel Murder at the Highland Castle by Helena Dixon
November 2023; Bookouture; 978-1837900640
audio, ebook, print (252 pages); cozy mystery

Murder at the Highland Castle
 is the 14th book in Helena Dixon's Kitty Underhay mystery series. While I have been reading this series since book 4, you can start with this book with no problems. 

I like that Matt and Kitty travel so that not all the murders happen in their town. And I really liked the setting of this book. All the snow and ice had me kind of wishing for winter so that I could cuddle up under a fuzzy blanket with a good cup of hot tea. This book would be a great accompaniment.

The mystery is a good one even though I figured out several of the pieces before Matt and Kitty did. It didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story. I think this might be my favorite in the series so far.

I love Kitty and Matt - they are a great sleuthing couple. The secondary characters in this story are interesting as well. They are a unique bunch of people - a medium, a race car driver, and an actress are among them.

I wish it had been explained why they kept calling the New Year holidays Hogmanay as I've never heard of it. I liked the other Scottish traditions that were described as they were new to me as well.

If you are looking for a wintery story to read on a long, cold night, this book is sure to keep you entertained.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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