In Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison, former TV celebrity host 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, on an isolated country estate, Honeychurch Hall, several hundred miles from London. When Kat arrives at the house, she discovers that Iris has yet another surprise in store. Iris has been writing in secret for years and reluctantly reveals that she’s actually Krystalle Storm, the famous bestselling author of steamy bodice-rippers. The gentry upstairs and those below stairs at Honeychurch Hall regard the newcomers with suspicion and distrust. When the nanny goes missing, the loyal housekeeper ends up dead, and Iris is accused of the murder, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all and wonders if she is—indeed—guilty. Although the six hundred year old estate has endured wars, corruption and Royal favors, it’s the scandals, secrets and lies of the last few decades that must remain buried at all costs.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Murder at Honeychurch Hall, is a cute, quirky and fun mystery with vibrant characters and a lot to love.
I enjoyed this book from the beginning. The main character is funny, blunt and draws you into the story right away. I liked that this book did not take long to get into the mystery portion of the story and stayed with the original purpose throughout.
There are enough characters and side stories that the mystery was not easily solvable and the story never got boring or made me lose interest. I was excited that the author stayed consistent with her character’s personalities, but that she allowed them to make decisions one would not expect.
As the story progressed, more information was slowly revealed, building the original mystery and adding to the feeling of tension in the book. The ending was also unexpected and I was pleased with the way it turned out.
I really liked this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
This review is based on a digital ARC. All opinions are my own.