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‘Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall’ by Hannah Dennison
(UK) by Constable, 2 November 2017. ISBN: 978-147212380-0
(US) by Minotaur Books, 2 May 2017. ISBN: 978-1-250-06549-0
This is the fourth book in the series featuring Kate Stanford
ex-presenter of the antiques TV show Fakes and Treasures.Kate has now settled into the village of
Little Dipperton in Devon where her mother Iris also lives in the Carriage
House on the Honeychurch Hall estate. Unbeknown to the villagers Iris is the
bestselling author Krystalle Storm. When the only copy of her latest manuscript
fails to arrive at her publishers, Kate’s investigations with Royal Mail establish
that the package never left the Little Dipperton Post Office.But Muriel Jarvis the postmistress denies
that she still has the package. It’s a tricky situation as Muriel’s husband Fred has just died and Muriel is not in a good place. She has many debtsand
also fears that now her husband is dead she may be evicted from her home, which
is owned by the Honeychurch estate.
Meanwhile, the village is preparing itself for a re-enactment of the
English Civil War. With the Honeychurch
Hall residents Rupert 15th Earl of Grenville, and Dowager Countess Lady
Edith being staunch Royalists, and their neighbours the Carew family being
staunch Roundheads, it looks set for a lively time. Incidentally, Rupert’s wife
Lavinia is a Carew!
So, when a skeleton is found on Honeychurch Hall ground, the question
is, whose is it? Iris, who has taken it upon herself to become unofficial
historian for the six-hundred-year-old Honeychurch Hall clan, declares it can’t
be a Honeychurch as none of them are unaccounted for. Could it be a Carew? But
since it was found buried on Honeychurch Hall land, could there have been dirty
work at the crossroads?
Enter Detective Inspector Shawn Cropper to investigate. In earlier
books, there has been a sort of possible relationship brewing between Shawn and
Kate but things at this point are rather cool – OK he hasn’t called her in
quite a while.
Then Muriel’s car is stolen, and the re-enactment funds, in Muriel’s
safe-keeping, also go missing, along with one or two other things.
Apart from re-acquainting oneself with the many marvellous characters we
have met in the three previous books, several of who are mentioned above, we
now meet the head of the Carew clan, his new wife, and his son.All appear to have secrets.So, will Muriel expose Iris’s secret
identity?Will the skeleton turn out to
be a Honeychuch or a Carew?Will the
murderer be discovered?It all sounds
almost impossible to fathom and then to add to the melee, there is a murder!
With fascinating characters, some simply marvellous lines, humour and a
complex plot this is an intriguing mystery and one not to be missed. I loved it, and devoured it in one sitting.
Most very highly recommended.
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 and
now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their cat. She continues to
teach mystery writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and still works
for a west coast advertising agency. 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,
theater and seriously good chocolate.