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Murder at Honeychurch Hall

(2014)
(The first book in the Honeychurch Hall series)
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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.
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"This is the perfect classic English village mystery, but with the addition of charm, wit and a thoroughly modern touch. Pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up on the couch and enjoy!" - Rhys Bowen

"A delight. Kept me up all night because I couldn't put it down." - Dorothy Cannell

"When she goes to the aid of her much loved but often irritating mother, Kat copes with aplomb with secrets old and new. A fun read." - Carola Dunn

"A rousing romp through the English countryside. Filled with quirky characters and hilarious antics, this page-turner will leave you breathless!" - Julie Hyzy

"A classic country house mystery with a present day tabloid sensibility, cracking pace and acerbic humor--not to mention an entirely original cast of British eccentrics. And I did not guess whodunit. Please, please, let there be a sequel!" - Harley Jane Kozak

"Kat Stanford and her mother exchange laugh out loud one-liners and make a delightful duo as they solve a multi-layered mystery that kept surprising me right up until the end. Fantastic!" - Jenn McKinlay

"Downton Abbey was yesterday, Murder at Honeychurch Hall lifts the lid on today's grand country estate in all its tarnished, scheming, inbred, deranged glory. With lords and ladies, cooks and butlers, romance writers and priceless teddy bears, Hannah Dennison's Devon caper is a riot and the mystery itself keeps those pages turning right to the end." - Catriona McPherson

"Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders in this lively and entertaining series debut." - Marcia Talley


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