Murder by the Minster: the most exciting new cosy mystery summer read for 2019

Murder by the Minster: the most exciting new cosy mystery summer read for 2019

by Helen Cox

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Meet Kitt Hartley: librarian, no-nonsense Yorkshirewoman ... detective?

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781529402223
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,591
File size: 3 MB

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 for TV and radio news. Helen has edited her own independent film magazine and penned three non-fiction books. Her first two novels were published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently hosts The Poetrygram podcast and works for City Lit, London. Helen's new series of cosy mysteries stars librarian-turned-sleuth Kitt Hartley, and is set in York.

Helen's Mastermind specialism would be Grease 2 and to this day she adheres to the Pink Lady pledge. More information about Helen can be found on her website:, or on Twitter: @Helenography.

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Murder by the Minster: the most exciting new cosy mystery summer read for 2019 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This mystery was good, and the heroine's character developed steadily. She shows loyalty for her friends. Inspector Mal and the heroine show determination to solve the crime as the mystery proceeds. I enjoyed this mystery, and look forward to more mysteries in this series.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Wonderful mystery. Intriguing to the end .!
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AMGiacomasso 7 months ago
I'm a huge fan of cosy mysteries and I'm more than happy I discovered this series. It's well written, engrossing and entertaining. It was one of those book you cannot put down and I turned pages as fast as I could till I reached the last one. The cast of characters is well written and fleshed out, Kitt grows slowly on you and you start rooting for her after a bit. The mystery is full of red herrings, twists and turns and kept me guessing till the end. The setting is lovely and the plot, even if a bit slow at the beginning, is engaging. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Tangen 7 months ago
cosy-mystery, law-enforcement, friendship, librarian, library, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, york Librarian Kitt has closed herself off from most people since her live in deserted her ten years ago, but she has one best friend and an assortment of dear friends at work who are the best sort of characters. But one day the stone faced pair known as Inspector Halloran and Sergeant Banks come to the University library in full view of friends and foe alike to question Kitt about her best friend, Evie, who has been taken in as the prime suspect in the bizarre murder of Evie's ex who had recently dumped her. That's only the first murder and the first confrontation! It's a good plot, with more twists than a double helix! A side plot is of Kitt and Halloran learning why they have built walls around self while suspicious of a mutual attraction they discover. Besides all that, there are countless literary (especially of mysteries) references even to the point of groaningly bad jokes! Thank goodness that Quercus Books gave in and granted my request for a free ebook via NetGalley!
casey710 7 months ago
Another mystery involving a librarian as the protagonist. Ho hum. But wait......this is not your average librarian and she is not surrounded by average folks. They are all interesting, clever and resourceful and set out to solve an involved murder and prevent a potential miscarriage of justice. This is the first in what I hope will be a long series set in the incredibly lovely town of York. This is a cozy mystery but it is a step above your typical cozy. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Bedford_Bookshelf_1 7 months ago
Librarian Kit Hamilton is puzzled when the police ask to interview her about her best friend’s former boyfriend. She is then shocked to discover that not only has he been murdered, but her best friend Evie is their best suspect. She is soon drawn into the investigation when it becomes clear that she is the only one willing to believe in Evie’s innocence. A very good first mystery for this author! The story was a good one, not too intricately plotted, but well written with engaging characters. I especially like the dialogue, which involved many well-placed literary references (without being overly intellectual) and lots banter between the characters. This was an enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to seeing more in the future. My thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books for the advanced readers copy made available for my review.