Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall

When antique dealer Kat Stanford stumbles upon the partially mummified body of a young woman in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on those who had been living there many years ago. And it appears that the deceased had been murdered. Given her mother Iris’s checkered past, Kat is not surprised to learn that Iris knew the victim.

Meanwhile, the unexpected appearance of former lothario Bryan Laney sets female hearts aflutter. Despite the passing years, time has not dampened his ardor for Iris, but the feeling is not reciprocated.

With stories of hidden treasure and secret chambers, past and present collide. As Kat becomes embroiled once more in her mother’s mysterious and tumultuous bygone days, she comes to realize that life is never black and white, and sometimes it is necessary to risk your own life to protect the lives of the ones you love.

My Review

This is my first introduction to this author and series. While I never fully embraced the characters in this book I did find they entertaining. This is a fun, charming, fast, cozy mystery. The back drop location for this story had a good whit about it as well and added to the story. This is a good read for those readers who like cozy mysteries as there is no blood or gore. The story line has a few twists which again the characters keep entertaining. Although as a reader of tons of mysteries I was able to pick up on the clues and how the story would end. Yet I still kept reading to the end. I will probably check out the past books in this series as well as other books written by this author. Plus, the title of this book is a fun one to say "A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall".

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. 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, 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.

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