Murder At Honeychurch HallMurder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the first book in the new “Honeychurch Hall” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur, May 2014

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.

What a great read! This mystery immediately grabbed my attention and was hard to put down. I love the comfortable tone that took me to a place in aristocratic Europe, reminding me of a modernized Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs rolled into one solid plot that that kept me in suspense, as I had to find out what was going on with this eclectic and quirky cast of characters. The interjection of comedic exploits kept the story light with some laugh-out-loud moments and I loved the interactions between Kat, her mother and the inhabitants of Honeychurch Hall. The author did a great job in delivering a wonderfully crafted and action-filled drama that was entertainingly delightful and I’m looking forward to the next exciting adventure that awaits Kat and Iris.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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