A day in the life with Kat Stanford by Hannah Dennison

I can’t believe I have been living in Devon for almost a year! I also can’t believe I am actually happy here. True, it was a bit rocky to start with. Moving in with my mother at the grand old age of thirty-nine is not something I ever imagined would happen. It just goes to show that no one knows what’s around the corner—trite, but true.

But here I am living in Jane’s Cottage (apparently it used to be a former hunting lodge) perched on top of a hill that overlooks the vast Honeychurch Hall estate. The views are spectacular. Who would have thought a city girl like me would grow to love the countryside so much.

I don’t miss hosting Fakes & Treasures either and I definitely don’t miss being in the public eye. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about looking fat on camera and can finally eat whatever I like. I didn’t realize just how delicious Devonshire clotted cream could be.

Of course it’s the formidable dowager countess, Lady Edith Honeychurch, who has made all this possible. For just a peppercorn rent, she has leased Jane’s Cottage and the Victorian gatehouses at the main entrance all to me! The gatehouses are now the official homes for my new antique venture, Kat’s Collectibles. Business is slow because Honeychurch Hall is definitely off the beaten track but I’m hoping that this coming weekends annual English Civil War re-enactment will attract a few new clients. Apparently there will be hundreds of people descending on the park, setting up camp and parading around in seventeenth century clothing brandishing swords and whatnot. Mum has got caught up in the preparations after rashly volunteering to make the costumes for the entire Honeychurch clan.

Speaking of my mother—much as I love her—the more I get to know her, the more I realize I know nothing about her at all. She was so different when Dad was alive. I’m trying to think of the right word to describe her back then. I know . . . demure. What a joke! If only Dad knew the truth!

For a start, he had no idea that Mum wrote steamy romance novels under the pseudonym of Krystalle Storm. Neither did I. In fact, not even her new editor at Goldfinch Publishing knows that Krystalle is not her real name. Somehow, my mother has managed to successfully create a whole new persona. It’s as if she is in the witness protection program or something. The silly thing is that the locals are all fans of Krystalle Storm. They’d be thrilled if they knew that she lived in their midst. But Mum flatly refuses to come clean. Whenever I grill her she mumbles that it’s something about not declaring her earnings or having an offshore account in the Channel Islands and then promptly changes the subject.

But having said all that, Mum and I have never been closer and now I no longer live in her pocket we are getting on so much better. I can leave her alone—or should I say, completely avoid her—when she’s writing. Her mood swings can be awful. One moment she’s happy as a lark when the book is working and the next, wanting to throw herself under a train when it isn’t. Fortunately, Mum has finally turned in her latest book and become human again. The title is . . . wait for it . . . “Ravished”! (I am cringing. Why couldn’t she write a book on gardening or a lovely historical biography like Antonia Fraser?) The last six weeks were really wretched mainly because she has a brand new editor who—according to my mother—accused “Krystalle” of being “high maintenance.” I didn’t comment.

Hopefully, all will be well although I do wish she’d learn to use a computer and not Dad’s battered old Olivetti typewriter. I keep insisting she make copies but Mum flatly refuses. I mean . . . what if her manuscript went missing?

In the meantime I’m looking forward to the re-enactment. I’ll say one thing for country living . . . it’s never dull.

You can read more about Kat in Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall, the fourth book in the “Honeychurch Hall” mystery series.

When the only copy of Ravished, Iris Stanford’s new manuscript, never arrives at her London publisher’s office, her daughter Kat investigates the tiny local village post office, where it appears the package never left the building. Iris is on tenterhooks―not only is her novel gone with the wind, but she’s deathly afraid that Muriel Jarvis, the postmistress and notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as the bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm. Meanwhile, Muriel has her own problems with the sudden death of her husband Fred, which has left her heavily in debt. In the spine-tingling climax, both past and present collide as Kat fights for her life and those she holds most dear, dancing once again with the dark forces lurking behind the grandeur of Honeychurch Hall.

This nail-biting addition to Hannah Dennison’s Honey Church Hall mystery series, Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall is not to be missed.

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About the author
British born, Hannah originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Hannah continues to teach mystery writing at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and still works for a west coast advertising agency. Hannah writes the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries (Minotaur) and the Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable Crime) both set in the wilds of the English countryside. Connect with Hannah at www.hannahdennison.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends May 7, 2017. Good luck everyone!

33 responses to “A day in the life with Kat Stanford by Hannah Dennison

  1. Looks like a great Cozy. New to me Author that I’m going to check out. Thanks for sharing this on your blog.

  2. Linda Herold

    Thanks for offering a chance to win this book! It looks good!!

  3. Barbara Hackel

    I have not read this series, but it sounds delightful. Beautiful cover adds to the intrigue! Thanks Dru Ann for today’s blog, and Hannah for the chance to win a copy.😊

  4. My MIL and others at the nursing home who share books will really like this.

  5. Yippee! I love Hannah Dennison’s stories!

  6. This is a great series. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall.

  7. Love this series. print books are fantastic as they can be given to our local hospital/nursing home residents.

  8. This series is wonderful. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

  9. Love the premise and cover.

  10. Ashley Cate

    This was a great introduction to this series. I will definitely be adding it to my to be read pile. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  11. elainehroberson

    A great sounding series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  12. I love this series! The mom is a riot and her brother, when he’s not in the hoosegow, is equally entertaining. Kat just needs a viable romantic interest to complete the craziness.

  13. kittsklosetdollclothes

    After reading the review I would love to start this series. It sounds really fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. love this series and can’t wait to read this newest installment! Thank you for the chance!

  15. Ack!! I love the description of this book. Can’t wait to try it.

  16. This is a new author to me and I’ve had this series on my TBR list for quite a while now. Would enjoy reading.

  17. I am so looking forward to this! Love the mix of British Downton/Midsommer feel of these. Thanks for the chance to win the new one!

  18. Abby Fabian

    I read A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall and absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  19. I like the idea of being a closet romance writer and worrying about being “outed”.

  20. Beverly Guy

    Yippee Skippee….Hip Hip Hooray….it sure would be awesome to win this new book today….woo hoo!!!!! I can’t wait to go back to Honeychurch Hall in this new book to see what is going on….I love, love, love this awesome series!!! I love the beautiful cover too!! Thank you so very much dearest Dru and Hannah for the chance to win!!!! You girls ROCK!! God bless you both!

  21. WOW, this sounds like such a fun book.

  22. Vicki Highley

    I love this series. Hopefully, I can win Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall. Thank you for the chance.

  23. Pauline Barlow

    I to have not read this series, yet. It sounds like a lot happens in the book I would love a chance to read and win it.

  24. John Smith

    A skull! Poor little doggy! Sounds like a neat book!

  25. Doward Wilson

    A really great post. Can’t wait to read this new one.

  26. So appreciate the intro to a new author and series. Would really like to read this series and do so hope this will be an early start. Thank you for that chance.

  27. Marilyn Watson

    I love historical mysteries. Sounds fabulous…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  28. carlrscott

    I’ve been hoping to get a start on this series. Thanks for the chance to win some Murderous Mayhem.

  29. Mary Jane H.

    A great sounding series to dive into!

  30. **** WINNER ****
    Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is Amy Gill

  31. I foresee some binge-reading in my future…..
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  32. Rosalba Bassora

    Sounds great!