Dewadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: Honeychurch Hall and the town of Little Dippington are in an uproar as plans to run a new highspeed train through the town spell certain ruin. When accident claims a local woman and a consultant for the train project goes mysteriously missing Kat is drawn in whether she wants to be or not. Add in a shady uncle with a past to protect, a mother with more than her share of secrets and a house maid at Honeychurch who doesn't seem quite right and Kat's in over her head.
Why I Picked This Book: I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and could not wait to continue with the series.
My Impression: Once we again we are back ta Honeychurch Hall and back with Kat through her many adventures. Dennison writes with such a breezy wit that it's impossible not to be entertained and drawn into the stories. I could picture Honeychurch and the Carriage House and Eric's junkyard. The issue with the train and the devastation that it would cause in the village was very real and the villager's frustration seeped from the pages. It was nice to get to know the villagers a bit better as the previous book had mostly focused on the residents of the Hall.
The main issue I had was all the connections to the previous book. There were so many characters involved in the current mystery and then thrown in half from the first book and it could be difficult to keep all the whos and whys straight. While I like watching Iris's past unravel it did get a little confusing.
Despite the flaw I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. It reminds me very much of a modern day Agatha Christie or Patricia Wentworth with engaging characters, bright and snappy banter, and a well paced and intricately plotted mystery.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! At this point the series is an autobuy for me.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, but this is a series best read in order.