Well, give me a hot toddy and call me gobsmacked! I have found my favorite author for cozy mysteries to date! You know…the type of author to come out with a book that you totally get engrossed in for hours on end? This is exactly what happened to me as I began A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison.
The plot of this dreadful tale involves antique dealer Kat Stanford, her mother Iris, and her many “friends” at her new home, Honeychurch Hall. I use that term loosely because some pretend to be chummy but when things get tough, not everyone remains her friend. When she stumbles upon the body of a young woman, found dead in a private hide, she wants to follow the clues and pursue the killer. But when the evidence starts pointing towards her relatives, will she still continue the search?
I did come into this book in the middle of the story line. I have not read the first two in the series but already put them on hold at my local library. At first, the story can be quite confusing since there are many characters and while some of them get a proper introduction, believe me, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get them all figured out. But I pushed forward and eventually found myself quite delighted with the tale. This is set in an English countryside and all the little phrases and terms were lovely, though it could get a little bewildering trying to figure out what they all meant. But, if you are a fan of English movies or books, then most likely you will have an understanding of them already.
The cast of characters was amazing. I am hoping they are all in the other novels as well. Katherine, or Kat, is an antique dealer. She previously had a TV show but has now decided to open her own antique shop. That is, if she can find time around the mystery that keeps coming her way. Her mother Iris is an interesting person. At times I wanted to shake her, but I also saw that she lied to protect others. I do sense that there might be a bit of romance brewing between Kat and the Detective Inspector, Shawn Cropper. I had to laugh when Kat was musing on life with him and his police terms!
There is a bit of language and some talk of a man who thought himself quite a lothario in his day. There are, however, no gruesome details of the murders and overall, this is a delightful cozy mystery!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.