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Murder by the Minster by Helen Cox

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Quercus Books
Rating: 4’5/5
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About The Book

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 – and all the evidence points to her.
Kitt knows there is no way Evie could murder anyone – let alone Owen, who she adored. Horrified that the police could have got it so wrong, Kitt decides there’s only one thing to do: she’s going to investigate Owen’s murder herself. She’s read hundreds of mystery novels – how hard can it be?
With the help of her assistant Grace, and the occasional hindrance of the library’s eccentric regulars, Kitt summons up all her investigative powers (absorbed over years of reading everything from Agatha Christie to Ian Rankin) and gets to work.
She soon discovers that down the quaint streets and snickelways of York lie darker doings than she’d ever dreamed, but she needs to watch her step: the murderer is watching her. And they haven’t finished killing yet…


My Thoughts

First of all, I finished this book with just a few hours, it was so funny and addictive that I couldn’t put it down.
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 handsome detectives, Kitt will do anything in her hands to discover the truth, ready?
I’ll admit that I suspected the killer since the beginning, I suppose that I’ve read too many books to not catch a few hints… but what made me read the story till the end, a part from all the interesting plots around Kitt and Evie, was the motive! Because it was a really twisted motive and you’ll fear for Kitt and Evie’s lives till the end!
This had been a very interesting cozy mystery, full of references to the most famous fiction detectives and with a really good sleuth to discover the truth. Because even if the case will be investigated by the police, the one that will discover the killer will be Kitt, of course!
I really liked this story and I couldn’t believe when I saw that there’s already the second book of the series available! I really, really can’t wait to read the next book, I loved so much these characters that I can’t wait to discover what happens next!
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About The Author

Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen wrote for a range of magazines and websites as well as writing news and features for TV and radio. Helen edited her own independent film magazine for five years and has penned three non-fiction books. Her first two novels were published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently hosts The Poetrygram podcast and coordinates poetry and non-fiction courses at City Lit, London. Helen’s new series of cosy mysteries stars librarian-turned-sleuth Kitt Hartley, and is set in York.
If forced to choose one, Helen’s Mastermind specialism would be Grease 2 and to this day she adheres to the Pink Lady pledge.