Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Devon, England
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 5, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00P5JNC0G
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall is the second charming and witty whodunit in Hannah Dennison’s amazing cozy series. Set at an English manor house, fans of British mysteries and Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy this contemporary take on murder at the manor house.
When the body of a transport minister is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion about his unusual demise naturally falls on the folks in the village. After all, who could possibly want a high-speed train line built in their front yard?
News of the murder soon reaches our heroine Kat Stanford’s nemesis Trudy Wynne. A ruthless tabloid journalist and the ex-wife of Kat’s discarded lover, Trudy is out for revenge. She is also interested in exposing–and humiliating–Kat’s mother Iris, who is secretly the international bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm.
As the body count begins to build, Kat becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Is the minister’s death the result of a local vendetta, or could it be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past?
This was a story I was anxiously awaiting and the author exceeded my expectations!
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall brings us back to English countryside and all the characters I loved in Murder at Honeychurch Hall. Kat Stanford is planning head back to London soon but with news of a high speed rail coming to this quaint, historical area she feels she needs to stick around to be sure of her mother’s options and how Honeychurch Hall will be affected. Then a local woman is found dead on the side of the road and the transport minister has gone missing. Are these events connected? and what does it mean for the railway? Meanwhile Kat’s mother is trying to keep her life as Krystalle Storm, international bestselling romance writer, a secret but that isn’t the only thing she is hiding.
These characters are fantastic and a few like “Uncle” Alfred are quite eccentric. Kat and Iris are two very independent woman and but heads on more than one occasion butt what mother and daughter don’t. Their dialogue is delightful and can be very comical especially when Albert joins the conversation or when they are “investigating”. We meet several new characters as the rail system would affect so many people plus there is a new maid at the hall. All of the characters come to life right off of the pages.
The plot was very entertaining a full of funny moments but suspenseful moments as well. Kat has several ideas and scenarios of what may have happened but no solid proof and asking the wrong person the right questions could put her and her mother in danger. The author does a wonderful job of storytelling and like the first story in the series this was a pure joy to read. I love traveling across the pond to visit Honeychurch Hall, I am booking my virtual tickets for next year right away.
About The Author
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. http://www.hannahdennison.com
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