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Tuesday 26 January 2021

‘Death at High Tide’ by Hannah Dennison

Published by Minotaur Books,
18 August 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-250-19448-0 (HB)

Having enjoyed all the Honeychurch Hall and the Vicky Hill mysteries I was excited to receive a book in a new series featuring two sisters Evie and Margot. I loved it.

Still reeling from the death of her husband Robert from a heart attack, Evie Mead is shocked to discover from her husband’s accountant Nigel Hearst that not only she has no money, but that she may not even be able to keep her house. ‘But we didn’t have a mortgage’ she said.  Nigel hastens to tell her not to worry as he will take care of her.

Among the papers is an envelope addressed to Evie, which states that she is the owner of a hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly.  Whilst Evie is content to leave the matter in the hands of Nigel to investigate, her sister Margot who has flown over from LA where she leads a glamourous life as a film producer, immediately buys two tickets to Tregarrick Rock – one way.

Despite several obstacles, the difficult in getting a boat to the island owing to fog, and, discovering that the hotel is closed for the winter, and no way can they have reservations, they finally fetch up at the Salty Boatman for the night. 

Eventually, the following day they get to hotel Tregarrick, but the only thing on offer seems to be hostility. The owner of the hotel denies any knowledge of knowing Robert.  However, they as they dig around it is clear that this is a lie.   

There are some interesting character’s, boat owner Cador Ferris, who turns out to be the son of the unpleasant hotel owner, Detective Sergeant Patricia Williamson of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Lily Tavis and the cat Mr. Tig. Whilst the sisters attempt to piece together the history attached to the hotel a murder occurs.  What is the mystery of Hotel Trgarrick? Are the sisters in danger?
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett

Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Hampshire, but on leaving school landed a job as an obituary writer/amateur dramatic reviewer for a Devon newspaper. Hannah is the author of the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries, both set in Devon, England. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah originally moved to Los Angeles from England to pursue screenwriting.  Hannah is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers Association, Mystery People, The Historic Houses Association, the National Trust and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing, theatre and seriously good chocolate. 

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