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review 2016-08-27 11:55
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison

In an odd twist, the same humour that usually makes the books in this series so enjoyable is slowly starting to make them less so.

 

Kat and her mother have this weird, zany dynamic built on the premise that all Kat's life, while she thought her mother suffered debilitating migraines, she was locked in her room writing internationally best-selling romances.  Once she discovers her mother's secret life, she starts learning about all sorts of other stuff too, including a childhood spent in a travelling circus-type thing and previously unknown relatives.  Turns out mom's past is a tiny bit shady.

 

But after three books, the constant bickering and lying and concealment/discovery is getting old.   The lack of romantic movement between Kat and Shawn and the constant reappearance of David is tiresome.  The mood swings of the 'toffs' at Honeychurch Hall have become so wild I'm beginning to think someone ought to lace their drinking supply with lithium.

 

The mystery of A Killer Ball was interesting enough, but the ultimate solution was akin to something designed by a wildly imaginative 9 year old.  Or alternatively, it felt like the author forced a scenario to ensure it would catch readers by surprise. 

 

Still, I didn't flat line my rating because there were still a lot to enjoy; I love Harry and the Dowager Countess is a delightfully mouthy character most of the time.  The setting is brilliant too, and I was especially intrigued by the use of secret rooms and old maps.   I just wish Kat and her mother would grow up; there's plenty of humour here without relying on the two bickering biddies schtick.

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review 2016-06-10 09:52
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison

I forgot how fun a lot of the dialogue in the first book was, so the readability of this one was a nice surprise.  It's a light, entertaining read filled with eccentric characters and set in the requisite English village, but I really respected the author for taking a real-world current issue - the controversy of building a high speed train - and incorporating it into the plot, informing the reader without preaching to them.

 

The mystery itself was interesting if not shocking or complicated.  I vacillated between liking the dynamic between the MC and her mother and wanting to smack the both of them for being so childish.

 

I'll definitely read the third one.

 

(I'm using this one for my "Mystery or Suspense" Bingo Square.)

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review 2016-05-17 21:37
Up At The Manor
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison

A cozy mystery that Anglophiles who find "Downton Abbey" a guilty pleasure will enjoy. The characters are zany and will keep the readers laughing. The mystery is surprisingly dark. I'd definitely read more of these.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

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text 2015-05-15 05:33
TBR Thursday (May 15)
Musseled Out - Barbara Ross
Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver
No Ghouls Allowed: A Ghost Hunter Mystery - Victoria Laurie
Don't Go Home - Carolyn Hart
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison
Flourless to Stop Him - Nancy J. Parra
Oh Say Can You Fudge - Nancy Coco

I had a bit of a dry spell (except for a Library sale, which I didn't post about because it took me forever to gently pull away all the stickers and remove the dingy plastic covers - by the time I was finished I lost the will to go on and just put 'em on the shelves).  The books are starting to trickle in again and this week I got the following (all cozies):

 

Musseled Out - Barbara Ross :  The 3rd of the series; #2 wasn't as good as #1, so we'll see.

 

Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery - Ashley Weaver :  I've heard nothing but good things about this one.  I started it last night and so far it's excellent.

 

No Ghouls Allowed: A Ghost Hunter Mystery - Victoria Laurie :  I swore up and down I had this one on my TBR list and a few weeks back I was in the mood for a ghost story.  Imagine my aggravation as I combed through my TBR piles 4 times before admitting I only thought I'd ordered it.  I started it last night and it scared the bejeezus out of me!!! Gah!  I had to go get Murder at the Brightwell and start reading it because otherwise I was never going to get to sleep.

 

Don't Go Home - Carolyn Hart :  Newest Death on Demand.  The cover and title don't make it look very cozy.

 

Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison :  2nd in the series; the first had many redeeming qualities.

 

Flourless to Stop Him - Nancy J. Parra :  The first one in this series had the MC get the everliving stuffing beat out of her in the last scene and it surprised me so much for a cozy it sort of hooked me.  

 

Oh Say Can You Fudge - Nancy Coco :  You know what, no matter how good this series is (or isn't - this is only #3) it's going to forever be known in my head as "the series with the stupid titles and asinine covers".

 

This week, I read 7 books, but two of those were re-reads so instead of breaking even, my TBR pile is two ahead.  C'est la vie.  ;)

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text 2015-05-02 22:04
Murder Among The Sloes
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison

This was a fun read, if you can call a murder mystery fun.  Zany happenings in an small English town.  

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

*As an aside, I found out what a sloe was. It's a British berry that is used to make gin.

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