Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Kat Stanford is done with the popular TV show Fakes & Treasures after an unfortunate incident. She wants nothing more than to open an antique store with her recently widowed mother. However, Iris Stanford, has other plans. Much to Kat's shock she finds her mother has up and moved to an isolated village and purchased a falling down carriage house from a dilapidated estate. Suddenly there's a missing nanny, a dead body, and all kinds of secrets both old and new.
Pros: When I first came across this book I was really excited. A mystery on a falling down grand estate? Definitely sounds like my kind of thing. Then I read a few reviews that mentioned Kat and Iris bickering with each other and I started to worry. The reviews were extremely positive BUT immature characters are one of my biggest pet peeves. I suddenly wasn't sure if I wanted to read a book that featured 2 characters that acted liked children. Luckily for me I went on and picked it up. Turns out that Kat and Iris do bicker and argue but they don't act like children. They act like adults who genuinely care for each other and so aren't always 100% logical. I'm not sure I've come across a book where the characters' flaws were part of what made them so likable. I understand Kat's frustration with her mother and why she is in the situation she's in regarding her love life. I understand Iris's wanting to do what she wants to do and not liking be told what to do by her daughter. The came across as very much real people and people that'd you want to spend time with. The mystery itself is very well done. There are so many threads to it that I found myself sitting up reading long after I should have been asleep because I wanted to find out one more thing or see what would happen next. There's history, there's family intrigue, there's betrayal and it's all well done.
Cons: The ending was a bit abrupt. The story had been building and building and there were so many different little story lines and then all of a sudden they get tied up in the last 10 pages. It felt a bit like a whirlwind. This in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story, however. It took awhile to get everyone sorted out as there are a lot of characters and the timeline can be slightly confusing.
Overall Impression: I've read a lot of mysteries this year but so far this has been my favorite one. I really enjoyed reading this one and am really hoping #2 is coming out soon. There's so much more I want to know about the Stanfords!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes definitely. Will definitely be looking for the 2nd book in the series!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes I think any mystery lover would love this. It's not cutesy for those that don't care for cozies but not too dark for cozy readers.