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 crKat 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 fa ade, the inhabitants of the stately mansion are a lively group of eccentrics to be sure both upstairs and downstairs and they all have 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 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.
Murder at Honeychurch Hall 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 Hone
Murder at Honeychurch Hall is definitely a guilty pleasure kind of book It has everything I like in a cozy mystery picturesque English countryside complete with a magnificent old building and garden family drama and secrets everywhere I really liked the characters except David, Kat s boyfriend Every time he said something I couldn t help but roll my eyes.All in all, I d recommend this book for everyone who loves a Midsomer Murders or Agatha Raisin like light read set in a small village in the co [...]
On the cover of Murder at Honeychurch Hall, there is an endorsement by M.C Beaton, a favorite cozy mystery author of mine, which states, Just the thing to chase the blues away Beaton hits the mark with her comment This first book in Hannah Dennison s new Honeychurch Hall series is everything a cozy mystery should be and then some The setting, in the Devon countryside, is my favorite area for English mysteries There are lords and ladies, a country manor in disrepair, secret identities, antique st [...]
Three and a half stars.Kat Stanford has given up her television job as host of Fakes and Treasures She was excited about her and her mother going into business together In London That is, until she get a phone call from her widowed mother that doesn t seem to make any sense Her mother has bought The Carriage House, part of Honeychurch Hall Estate The big problem is it is nowhere near London but in Little Dipperton, Devon Kat sets off to help her mother, who is in a cast having suffered some biza [...]
Cutesy was the adjective I was thinking best described this book as I was reading it, and then I noticed other reviewers posted the same thing The dialogue was a bit too light and fluffy for me, even for a cozy mystery While I enjoyed the mystery, it didn t actually begin until than halfway through the book Once we finally got there it became a fun whodunnit story Even though I m giving this book 2.5 stars, I m not gonna lie, I ll probably read the other books in this series Sometimes a little [...]
I am a huge fan of mysteries They are so much fun to read, and a great way to exercise those little gray cells Whenever I find one that peaks my interest, I grab it up This book was one of those.The first thing that caught my eye about this book, after the title, was the cover The author really took great care when she had this created the detail is incredible There s a small dog, a brick path surrounded by gardens and, in the background, you see Honeychurch Hall It wasn t until I was actually r [...]
I was pleasantly surprised with this first in a series not your typical garden variety British cozy The relationship between Kat and her mother is very argumentative but in a nice way I will read the next Honeychurch mystery hope to see the estate manor and surroundings a little fleshed out.
This book started out very slow for me And did not pick up until the middle of the book I was expecting the first murder to occur within the first 4 chapters It did not I did enjoy the book and will continue reading the series and hope the rest of the series gets continues to get better.
Though I was delighted by the mystery which actually doesn t happen until the very end of the novel Murder at Honeychurch Hall had the one trope I cannot stand the killer decided to tell Kat every single detail Why, book, why Still, a solid start to what is turning out to be a fun and intriguing series M C Beaton has a blurb featured on the cover stating this this novel is just the thing to chase the blues away and I have to say she s right For the full review and a review of the sequel head ove [...]
Such a well done, enjoyable mystery I d classify it as an English cozy mystery I loved the banter between her mother and and our MC, Kat This story had quite a few surprises I didn t see coming It was an easy read and I always looked forward to picking it up I will defintely read the next one.
Kat Stanford has just quit her job at the popular TV show Fakes and Treasuers to start an antique shop with her mother She s also hoping for an official commitment from her married but separated boyfriend david When Kat s mother calls and announces she s broken her wrist and needs Kat s help, Kat is only too happy to step in Then Kat is shocked to discover her mother has purchased a carriage house in Devon 200 miles from London Kat promised her late father she d look after her mother so off she [...]
I loved this book I was in the mood for funny, zany, quirky, eccentric, slightly over the top skullduggery can you tell by the plethora of adjectives , and author Hannah Dennison has delivered the goods with style and flair The setting is a peach a remote estate in Devon badly in need of restoration and simply stuffed to the rafters with priceless antiques Honeychurch Hall is one of those country houses that was added to by each generation over the centuries, so secret tunnels and the like shoul [...]
A Bit Crazy A Bit Cozy A Bit ConventionalThis starts out as Miss Marple visits Cold Comfort Farm by way of Fawlty Towers This is not your standard issue country house murder mystery Yes, there is a country house, and yes, there are a few murders But most traditional murder mysteries are not peopled almost exclusively by breezy, demented, exasperated, funny, odd, exasperating, eccentric characters who are looking at quirky and unique in the rear view mirror.Each plot development is implausible t [...]
I love English mysteries and this is a rather great one It isn t your typical cozy It is the first in a new series and one I ll definitely keep up with.Kat is a tv host trying to get out of the business She comes to Honeychurch Hall to see the home her mother has purchased Things definitely aren t what they seem The cottage house is falling apart and she learns that her mother has some really big secrets One of them has to do with her mom s career, that Kat didn t know about until arriving at Ho [...]
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 [...]
This is the first book in a new series and it is certainly a promising beginning Kat Stanford has given up a successful TV career and has moved temporarily to the Carriage House which her mother has just bought much to Kat s surprise When she arrives it turns out to be virtually derelict and her mother has various injuries caused by an assortment of accidents.Honeychurch Hall itself seems to be full of eccentrics and that includes the servants the nanny has disappeared and has been reported miss [...]
On the most basic level there s a giant problem when your actual dead body doesn t show up until the 70% mark of the mystery Beyond that, this was very trite The main character was terrible her attitude toward her mother was appalling and her own judgement especially in her romantic relationship was extremely questionable The amount of times tart was tossed around had me shaking my head and I hated how much women were pitted against one another I m fairly sure I wasn t supposed to actively disli [...]
A fun beginning to a new cozy mystery series featuring Kat Stanford Once her mom abandons London and their plans for an antique toy store, Kat ends up in Devon, mixed up in a family brouhaha over keeping an old estate intact Murder and mayhem ensue Looking forward to the next installment.
I ve had this book on my bookshelf at home for quite some time always with the intent to read but always putting other series ahead of it I finally decided to take it off the shelf and boy am I glad I did This story was full of history, back story, secrets and red herrings Just when I thought I had it figured out I was thrown for another loop Plus I felt like I was getting a bonus book with the snippets of the romance novel that pops up here and there I have enjoyed reading this book immensely a [...]
Excellent book, I only deducted a star because it took me forever to finish Highly recommend
Liked good info on some antiques At first there seemed to be too many characters and too much info all at once in first two chapters It all sorted itself out and the story was good.
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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 fa ade, the inhabitants of the stately mansion are a lively group of eccentrics to be sure both upstairs and downstairs [...]
This is the first book in Hannah Dennison s Honeychurch Hall series and I am definitely going to read the next one It is everything a cozy mystery should be It takes place in the Devon countryside where the action occurs Honeychurch Hall is a country manor in disrepair and the family is short on funds This story has secret identities, antique stuffed animals, hidden passages, secret wheeling and dealings and a murder It s the type of book that you literally want to curl up with and keep reading [...]
Kat Stanford feels that she definitely has her life going in the direction she wants She s just left her job so no being a famous television personality She is engaged to David and that will all work out just fine as soon as he gets a divorce She is going to start a business selling antiques so she needs to find a shop with living space attached for her mother Of course, it would all be much better if she could find her mother first Iris isn t answering her phone Once that connection is finally [...]
Kat has just left her lucrative job starring in an Antiques Roadshow type television show in order to open up her own antique shop with her mother Suddenly though, her widowed mother calls to tell her she doesn t want to open the shop with her and she s moved several hours away to northern England and bought a rundown carriage house on an old estate On top of that she s broken her arm and needs Kat to come right away to help her Highly exacerbated, Kat takes off for Little Dipperton to the Honey [...]
I enjoyed reading this book enormously, and would highly recommend it to other mystery lovers I would certainly classify this as a cozy mystery , meaning that it is a gentle excursion into the mystery genre Readers sensitive to harsh language and very mature content will find a comfortable place here to enjoy The overall tone of the book reminds me a great deal of the wonderful Miss Marple and Agatha Raisin series When I say this I mean to convey that this book feels similar to me in terms of t [...]
If you want to gather honey, don t kick over the beehive Dale CarnegieKat Standford has kicked the beehive As a TV host of Fakes and Treasures, she is the target of online gossip, especially from the almost ex spouse of her current boyfriend Kat s remedy quit TV to open her own antique shop with her widowed mother, Iris But Iris has her own ideas she bought a crumbling cottage from the family estate of Honeychurch Hall in Devonshire, miles away from civilization in London Kat sets off for the We [...]
Kat Stanford is in the process of becoming an antiques store owner in partnership with her mother This dream came about when she, the star of a much admired and viewed antiques television show, decides to quit the business She s also being hounded by another television star who wants Kat to star on gossipy show The reason Kat s older lover is this woman s we are separated husband Kat receives a phone call from her well behaved, predictable, recently widowed mother that she the mother will not fi [...]
Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the first book in a cozy mystery series set at an old manor house I won this book a while back and finally pulled it off the shelves to read I m so glad I did Kat Stanford is a well known antiques expert from a TV show After her father passes away, her mother buys a carriage house on the grounds of Honeychurch Hall Kat heads there to try to talk some sense into her mother and get her to move back to the city.This was such a fun mystery There were [...]
A new book by Hannah Dennison, author of the Vicky Hill series, this is the first book by Ms Dennison that I have read, and I do plan on reading .The news that Kat heard from her mother was not what she expected Learning that mom has a broken arm prompts Kat to take pity on her and rush to her side After Kat s father s death Mom has decided to live one of her dreams and moves into a dilapidated carriage house on the grounds of Honeychurch Hall estate.Kat has come to the end of her job as a hoste [...]