Series: Honeychurch Hall #1
Format Read: eGalley
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 13, 2014
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Blurb from goodreads:
Kat Stanford is just days away from starting her dream antique business with her newly widowed mother Iris when she gets a huge shock. Iris has recklessly purchased a dilapidated carriage house at Honeychurch Hall, an isolated country estate located several hundred miles from London.
Yet it seems that Iris isn’t the only one with surprises at Honeychurch Hall. Behind the crumbling façade, the inhabitants of the stately mansion are a lively group of eccentrics to be sure—both upstairs and downstairs —and they all have more than their fair share of skeletons in the closet.
When the nanny goes missing, and Vera, the loyal housekeeper ends up dead in the grotto, suspicions abound. Throw in a feisty, octogenarian countess, a precocious seven year old who is obsessed with the famous fighter pilot called Biggles, and a treasure trove of antiques, and there is more than one motive for murder.
As Iris’s past comes back to haunt her, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all. And when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall.
"Murder at Honeychurch Hall" is a fantastic start to a new series. It's quirky, funny, and engaging. The main characters, Kat and her mother Iris, are realistic and flawed. Kat is judgmental, especially where her mother is concerned, and Iris is judgmental too as well as high-handed. Yet, they were eminently likable. Iris's back story, which figures into the plot, was a hot soap opera mess but Dennison made it, mostly, believable. There are side stories, some of which play out while a few just stop. The characters are clearly drawn and quirky but not annoyingly so, the story meanders a bit but never loses sight of its destination, and there's a healthy dose of humor. Dennison doesn't dish out all of the information at once but slowly unveils it. Some things should have been more fully explained sooner but it mostly works. There are twists and turns and most of them were true surprises and the mystery kept me guessing for the most part. It took me a few days to read thanks to having to work and sleep but it's a quick read and doesn't require a lot of brain power. It's fluffy, silly, and fun. I'm looking forward to more in the series.
Born in England, Hannah relocated to Los Angeles with her daughter and two cats to pursue a career in screenwriting. Along the road to publication she has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah is the author of the Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable UK) and the first, in her new series, “Murder at Honeychurch Hall” (Minotaur). Now living in Portland, Oregon Hannah continues to teach mystery writing at UCLA, has served on numerous judging committees for the Mystery Writers of America and still works part-time for a west coast advertising agency. She is married to an advertising executive and enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing and seriously good chocolate.
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