Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the second novel in the excellent Honeychurch Hall Mystery series. Since I adored the first book, I was really worried that this book could be a sophomore slump. However Deadly Desires went beyond my expectations as the author incorporated an actual current threat to beautiful English historical homes while adding her own murder mystery twist.
As a fan of stories with English charm, it’s always a treat to find out that the author is actually from England and that her stories’ small details read authentic and genuine. It’s like going on a vacation to England for the price of a novel. Plus Hannah is a talented writer so I don’t have to worry about being pulled out of the story by grammar errors. It’s all around a pleasant read.
The main reason why I love this series is the cast of characters. Even though the heart of the story is still between the mother and daughter and their complex relationship, Hannah’s stories allow for the other characters to get some of the spotlight. All of them are complicated. No one is all bad or all good. But all are interesting which makes for a richer story. I’m really hoping this series will continue on for many more books.
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?