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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 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.
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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 so many pieces to the puzzle and little nuances throughout the story that I just loved. The characters are great. I liked Kat and thought her mother was a hoot. Lady Edith and Henry were my other favorites. The setting was awesome. I really loved that it had a Downton Abbey-esque setting, but the story is taking place in modern times. I am looking forward to reading more in this series as soon as I can. If you love modern cozy mysteries set in England, this will be your kind of book. Definitely recommended!