If you’re a fan of Downtown Abbey and Agatha Christie mysteries, let me introduce you to the Honeychurch Hall series. These delightfully cosy crime novels by Hannah Dennison are set in a crumbling English country-house estate in Devon and follow former antique dealer Kat Stanford, who must solve the strange goings-on at Honeychurch Hall. The newest novel in the series, Murder in Miniature at Honeychurch Hall, begins when a man’s body is discovered on the estate grounds, and Kat finds herself drawn into a mystery involving two rare miniature portraits – portraits that a person might be willing to kill for…
As Caitriona McPherson said about the Honeychurch Hall mysteries, they ‘lift the lid on today’s grand country estate in all its tarnished, scheming, inbred, deranged glory’ – and they have enormous fun doing so.
'Just the thing to chase the blues away' M. C. Beaton
When a body found on the Honeychurch Hall estate proves to be that of a villager who had supposedly moved to Ireland years earlier, tongues start wagging and theories abound. Charlie Green had always been a rogue.
Although Charlie's demise happened well before Kat's arrival, Kat is drawn into the mystery when she finds two rare miniature portraits hidden inside a custom-made dollhouse of Honeychurch Hall. And then Charlie's aunt suffers a mysterious fatal fall and suspicion lands on a stranger who is holidaying in the newly installed shepherd's hut in the walled garden -- one of Lady Lavinia's latest hare-brained moneymaking schemes. Although there is something off about the tourist, Kat believes the culprit is fellow antique dealer.
With tales of blackmail, infidelity and greed gripping the small community, past and present collide and Kat realises that the miniatures harbour a vital secret that one particular person is willing to kill for.
Praise for Hannah Dennison:
'The perfect classic English village mystery but with the addition of charm, wit and a thoroughly modern touch' Rhys Bowen
'Downton Abbey was yesterday. Murder at Honeychurch Hall lifts the lid on today's grand country estate in all its tarnished, scheming, inbred, deranged glory' Catriona McPherson
'Will delight fans and new readers alike' People's Friend
'A fun read' Carola Dunn
'Sparkles like a glass of Devon cider on a summer afternoon' Elizabeth Duncan