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Murder by the Minster Helen Cox

The Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries Book 1

Paperback published 31st October 2019 by Quercus 

Meet Kitt Hartley librarian wearer, Lady Greytea drinker, taker of no nonsense…detective.

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…


Murder by the Minster by Helen Cox is the first in a brand-new mystery series set in the city of York. I loved every second of this detective mystery. As I loved it so much Helen Cox has become one of my favourite top authors, so much so that I’m now desperate to read her next book  in the mystery series A Body in theBookshop, that is due out in 2020. What did I enjoy about Murder by the Minster? The story is about Kitt a librarian, whose best friend Evie is a suspect in a murder investigation. If your best friend is a suspect in a murder investigation, you know she couldn’t possibly do such a thing as murder her ex-boyfriend. We follow Kitt on a journey trailing everything possible to clear her best friend of murdering her ex boyfriend Owen,  after all that’s what friendship is about girls helping out each other. Each character sucked me in from everyone who worked in the library to visitors who came into the library and Detective Inspector Halloran who always thinks he is right. I loved the fact that the pace never stopped, it kept me guessing who the murderder is. I must highly recommend Murder by the Minster with so many surprises along the way. 


Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born romance novelist and poet. She hosts a monthly podcast called The Poetrygram and coordinates the poetry and non-fiction courses at the charitable courses City Lit, London.

After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and radio. She has written three non-fiction books and founded independent film publication: New Empress Magazine. 

More information about Helen can be found on her website: She can be found on Twitter: @Helenography.