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‘Dangerous Deception at Honeychurch Hall’ by Hannah Dennison.
by Constable, 1 November 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4721-2849-2
As expected, the
latest in Dennison’s cosy, country mysteries series, is a delight from start to
finish. Kat Stanford is an antique dealer, she has had her own television show
so is well known, and respected. She is back in her own town and life for her
is going well. Not only with work, but she has a few admirers, one (Piers), with
whom she shares a mutual attraction. But then things take a downward turn. A large load of rubbish is found, having been
fly-tipped in the beautiful English village. There is evidence that Kat is the
culprit, as Kat’s pink box containing doughnuts, is found among the litter. (Kat
is known to like doughnuts). News of this offence, for which Kate is innocent,
reaches the National Press, threatening her reputation and career.
in walks the beautiful, stylish and gorgeous, Cassandra Borden-Forbes, also an
antique dealer, and with her eyes on Piers. Things now go from bad to worse
when there is a mysterious death in the village and evidence points to Kat
being behind it. She was the last person to be seen visiting the deceased.
luck and happiness nose-dive even further when another catastrophic death is
uncovered. Kat now knows it is down to her to find out if a murderer is at
large, one with a grudge against her? In that case could she be the next
plots extremely well, but her strength and page-turning quality lies in her
talent to draw highly colourful, but believable characters, as well as the
detail of the buildings and the scenic countryside in the village where the
story takes place. The local PC, Shawn,
is rotund and blushes when he speaks to Kat. Kat’s mother lives in an antique
house needing lots of renovations. She keeps her cash in a box in the attic and
refuses to use a mobile phone. She employs a Romany horse man to help in her
stables, a man who has spent time in and out of prison, but the mother will
hear not a word against him. Furthermore, the mother has a secret sweetheart,
and has kept his identity secret.
just love the complete frivolity of escapism in Dennison’s writing, however the
plot is tight and kept me guessing.
for fans of MC Beaton, or cosy-crime, or simply if you want to bury your nose
in another world and escape Winter.
Hannah Dennison writes The Vicky Hill Mysteries and the Honeychurch
Hall Mysteries (Constable Crime/Little Brown), both set in the wilds of the
Devonshire countryside. British born, Hannah has been an obituary reporter,
antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah
has served on numerous judging committees for Mystery Writers of America and is
currently serving on the MWA Board. She is a passionate supporter of the
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the National Trust. She
enjoys all country pursuits, movies, theater and seriously good chocolate.
Linda Reganis the
author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds
a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular
column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the
book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes
the chance to read new writers.
To read a review of Linda's most recent book Sisterhoods
click on the title.