Murder at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery by Hannah Dennison Is a cozy mystery novel at its finest.
At the heart of this story is the relationship between a daughter and her mother, both at pivotal moments in their lives. Kat Stanford is bringing focus to her life by trying to start a new career opening up an antique shop with her mother. Iris is heading into her final years and decides it’s time to settle up unfinished business with an ambitious plan. This story begs the question, do we really know our mothers?
I love cozy mysteries when the story is more than just solving the murder. This book has many storyline threads that tie together nicely at the end. What is even more impressive is that there was a plot twist at the end that this veracious reader didn’t see coming. Hannah Dennison has created a story with a nice balance of English charm at a quirky country manor with a cast of characters that all have cause to be murder suspects.
This story has a very satisfying ending but I hope there are plans to continue the series because the backdrop of Honeychurch Hall would provide an environment for some twisted tales.
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 at Honeychurch Hall, an isolated country estate located several hundred miles from London.
Yet it seems that Iris isn’t the only one with surprises at Honeychurch Hall. Behind the crumbling façade, the inhabitants of the stately mansion are a lively group of eccentrics to be sure—both upstairs and downstairs —and they all have more than their fair share of skeletons in the closet.
When the nanny goes missing, and Vera, the loyal housekeeper ends up dead in the grotto, suspicions abound. Throw in a feisty, octogenarian countess, a precocious seven year old who is obsessed with the famous fighter pilot called Biggles, and a treasure trove of antiques, and there is more than one motive for murder.
As Iris’s past comes back to haunt her, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all. A when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall.