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Murder at Honeychurch Hall

Book 1, Honeychurch Hall - A Mystery

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In Hannah Dennison's Murder at Honeychurch Hall, 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. A when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2014 – This engaging first in a new series from Dennison (Scoop! and three other Vicky Hill mysteries) introduces Kat Stanford, antiques guru and former TV personality. Out of the blue, Kat's widowed mother, Iris, moves from London to Little Dipperton in Devon. Alarmed, Kat zooms to her mother's new digs, a small cottage on a grand estate, Honeychurch Hall, only to learn that mom has been writing pseudonymous bestselling romance novels for years. In addition, Kat finds herself in the middle of local drama at Honeychurch, the nanny has disappeared, and the housekeeper turns up dead; and a long-unsolved jewelry theft continues to weigh on everyone's mind. On top of all this mayhem, Kat must decide whether to finally dump a married man who keeps pledging to leave his wife for her. While the gentry and servants of the estate don't rise above stock characters, this upstairs-downstairs cozy should please Downton Abbey fans.

Customer Reviews

Honeychurch Hall

Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the first novel of her new Honeychurch Hall series.

We begin this story with Kat Stanford discovering her mum had moved, without telling her, just days before they were to open antique business. Her mum, Iris Stanford, moved from London to Devon to live in the carriage house at Honeychurch Hall. Kat drops everything to drive out to Honeychurch Hall.

Honeychurch Hall is full of surprises. Behind the crumbling buildings the family and staff who live there are a bunch of eccentrics who all have their share of skeletons in their closets. It also happens that Iris spent summers at Honeychurch Hall when she was younger.

First the nanny goes missing. Then the housekeeper ends up dead, found in the grotto. Everyone is under suspicion as to who the killer might be. Kat and Iris are determined to clear their names and try to discover who the culprit might just be.

This was a fun and entertaining story with likeable characters that you want to know more about. The characters were well written and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend this book to other mystery readers.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Murder at Honeychurch Hall
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: May 13, 2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Honeychurch Hall
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