'Just the thing to chase the blues away' M.C. Beaton
History has a habit of repeating itself...
When the only copy of Iris Stanford's new manuscript fails to arrive at her publisher's, her daughter Kat tracks the package pack to the tiny local post office, leaving Iris terrified that Muriel Jarvis, the local postmistress and notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as international bestselling romance author Krystalle Storm.
But Muriel has problems of her own. The sudden death of her husband has not only left her heavily in debt but facing the possibility that Lord Rupert Honeychurch will evict her from the cottage her family has lived in for generations. Desperate for money, Muriel recklessly embarks on a disastrous course of action - with fatal consequences.
As tales of bizarre thefts, blackmail and infidelity abound, Kat's loyalties are challenged on every front - and then the ancient remains of a civil war victim turn up, reigniting old rivalries...
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
Cozy fans who like their mysteries set in small communities where a feud over the pruning of a rose bush is front-page news will welcome Dennison's fourth Honeychurch Hall whodunit set in Devon (after 2016's A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall). Kat Stanford, the star of the TV show Fakes & Treasures, was hoping to open an antique shop in London with her eccentric mother, Iris, an author of bestselling romances, but Iris's impulsive decision to buy the carriage house on the Honeychurch Hall estate near Little Dipperton has forced a change in plans. Despite her initial disappointment, Kat is now content to reside in the Devonshire countryside. Unfortunately, her love life is less than satisfactory; her one and only date with heartthrob Det. Insp. Shawn Cropper ended when he became ill. A series of thefts in the area adds a little tension, as does the disappearance of Iris's latest manuscript (of which there's only one copy), but those expecting much sleuthing may be disappointed.