Murders and Poisons and Trains, Oh My!

It was a truth universally acknowledged that an unmarried young woman in expectation of a great dowry had to be in want of a titled husband.

It turns out it’s actually very fashionable to die onboard a sleeper train. Agatha Christie did it first and now Magda Alexander follows suit with Murder on the Golden Arrow. If it helps, it does not turn out that every single person on the train contributed to the murder.

But I digress.

Kitty Worthington has just graduated from finishing school and is now preparing for her debut, where she is supposed to snag a lucky husband. But her season does not start out auspiciously when a woman onboard her train back home takes ill and suddenly dies. To make matters worse, the police believe her brother, Ned, may be behind the woman’s sudden death due to a history he won’t explain.

What other way to start off October but with a good old-fashioned murder mystery? Murder on the Golden Arrow is a lighthearted adventure as the feisty Kitty tries to stop her brother from being sent off to prison, potentially ruining the family name. Even though Kitty is not that concerned with her reputation, she won’t stand for her brother being besmirch in the way that he is.

I adore Kitty — I love her energy — and the arc that NetGalley was so kind to send over did mention that Murder on the Golden Arrow is the first in a series. She does remind me somewhat of Amelie from The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart, in terms of how her characterisation and stubbornness. There is the smallest hint of a romance to come in the later books, but I won’t spoil it for you, the build-up is lovely and worthy of a read. I’m not going to lie, I spent the good first quarter of the book thinking that Kitty was 15 instead of 20, partly due to her name.

If you’re not a person who is a fan of dark thrillers, but you still want to get into the Halloween/fall spirit, Murder on the Golden Arrow — despite its name — might be the book for you.

Rating: 4/5

Murder on the Golden Arrow by Magda Alexander was released on 21 September. This review was first published on The Reader Who Came In from the Heat. Subscribe for more book reviews in your inbox.

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Hui Ying is an undergraduate working on her debut poetry collection and novel. Find them on Twitter at @distanceofio.

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Hui Ying

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Hui Ying is an undergraduate working on her debut poetry collection and novel. Find them on Twitter at @distanceofio.

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