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A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall

(Honeychurch Hall Mystery #3)

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When antique dealer Kat Stanford stumbles upon the partially mummified body of a young woman in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on those who had been living there many years ago. And it appears that the deceased had been murdered. Given her mother Iris’s checkered past, Kat is not surprised to learn that Iris knew the victim.

Meanwhile, the unexpected

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Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Minotaur Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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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Jessica Robbins
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book three in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery series. After a ceiling collapses in one of the room at the main house Kat is asked to come in to evaluate and take to auction a set of really old drawings. While trying to remove them from the wall she finds a hidden double blind that just happens to contain a mummified body. When her identity is discovered Iris becomes the main suspect due to her wild past and the fact that she was at the ball the woman was last seen at. Iris's old flame shows up as w ...more
Donna Townsend
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A body hidden for decades in a secret room, a mysterious Lothario, missing coins of the realm, a mother raised in a traveling carnival who feels no need to be honest, a kidnapped reporter, missing art, stolen cars: such is life at Honeychurch Hall. This charming tale set in an English village is a delight: a clever plot colored with silliness, mystery and English manners in a twenty-first century setting.
Kat is a down-to-earth woman who must deal with her secretive, romance-writer mother and he
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Jessica Secrest
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall
by Hannah Dennison
Review by Jessica Secrest

I received a copy of A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison from Minotaur Books for my honest review. I do not know the author.

What could be better than a treasure hunt story with a little murder mixed into the hunt. This one has more than one murder with Katherine Stanford tumbling onto a cold case murder. Her mother, Iris, knew the deceased and keeps a lot of information to herself. Katherine, an antiqu
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Carol
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is located in the
countryside outside of Little Dipperton Devon. Once
this stately mansion had been in the best of shape but
now it is falling into disrepair. In order to get the money
For repairs, His lordship is allowing Kat Stanford ,an
antique dealer to remove art work to sell at auction.
While she was removing the first artwork, Kat trips a
knob which opened a secret panel leading into secret
room. Then Kat falls into a bookcase inside the room
which dumps her d
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Nicole
I love Little Dipperton, I love Honeychurch Hall, and I love Kat and Iris Stanford! A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the 3rd installment in the series, and it did not disappoint. After devouring the first two books in the series, I anxiously awaited its release (I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review, and to be truthful the series is so charming that I would have purchased it anyway!!!), and it was everything I'd hoped it would be! Once ...more
Celia
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the third book in the immensely enjoyable Honeychurch Hall Mysteries. It is a rollicking ride in the countryside around Little Dipperton Devon with Kat Stanford and her mother Iris, and of course the residents of Honeychurch Hall, with a few new characters added to the mix. Iris is still a woman of secrets -- will Kat ever really know her mother -- and my favorite character, Harry/Biggles is truly a delight. If you are a bit of an Anglophile like me, you will ...more
Damaskcat
I was disappointed with this third book in the Honeychurch Hall mystery series as I had enjoyed the first two and was looking forward to this one. I like Kat as a character but found I really could not accept how secrets from her mother's early life keep appearing out of the woodwork. The start of the book was good - Kat finding a skeleton in a hidden room in a disused wing of the Hall. But the book doesn't fulfil its early promise and the rest of the plot seems just muddled to me.

That said, it
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Cheryl
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first introduction to this author and series. While I never fully embraced the characters in this book I did find they entertaining. This is a fun, charming, fast, cozy mystery. The back drop location for this story had a good whit about it as well and added to the story. This is a good read for those readers who like cozy mysteries as there is no blood or gore. The story line has a few twists which again the characters keep entertaining. Although as a reader of tons of mysteries I wa ...more
Foxyj
This was the first book, book 3, I read in the Honeychurch Hall series by Hannah Dennison. It was a delightful read about the mystery an antique dealer, Kat Stanford, comes across. The characters were well developed and the book moved right along. The author described the scenes in a way that I enjoyed and could picture. I loved the English setting and the play on antiques. I would recommend this book to readers of more than just mysteries and why they are at it grab book 1 and 2 and read them a ...more
Wendy
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty: http://www.literaryfeline.com/2017/06...



A Killer Ball at the Honeychurch Hall (Honeychurch Hall Mystery #3) by Hannah Dennison
Minotuar Books, 2016
Crime Fiction (Cozy); 286 pgs
Source: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Trying to get her business off the ground, antique dealer Kat Standford is hoping she can convince Rupert and his mother to sell some of their family's artwork. The family is in di
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Karen
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-copy
Another good mystery from Hannah Dennison.

The writing is professional, and the plot is interesting.

There are a lot of the usual suspects, and gratefully not much of David and Trudy.

Albert remains a mystery with many talents.

I borrowed a copy from the public library.
Kristina
A Killer Ball in Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the third book in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery series. Katherine “Kat” Stanford is starting out her new business Kat’s Collectibles and Valuation Services. Kat has been called up to the hall to evaluate and crate up a William Dobson painting (they need the money). The ceiling in the King’s Parlor has suffered severe water damage and is in desperate need of repair (it is Elizabethan and will need a specialist to fix it). While looking around ...more
Joanne
A Killer Ball in Honeychurch Hall is the third book in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery series by Hannah Dennison. A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the first book I’ve read by Hannah Dennison. Even though this can be read as a stand-alone book, I believe if I had read the previous books in the series I would have had a better understanding of the character’s relationships and personalities and the history of Honeychurch Hall. I love British mysteries, particularly those of the Golden Age in aris ...more
Wilde Sky
The discovery of a body at an old country house leads to the uncovering of a number of secrets.

The story / writing / characters were all reasonable but this book didn't really grab me.
Deb
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition








If you enjoy a fun, fast paced, unique and quirky cozy mystery you won't want to miss A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison.

Kat who is an appraiser and antique dealer has been summoned to look at some paintings to see about selling them to help with repairs at Honeychurch Hall. When Kat stumbles onto a body from many years before the suspicion seems to point at Iris her mother. Who killed this woman years ago, how did her mother fit into this mystery and what is she hiding from Ka
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Allison Collins
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the Honeychurch Hall Mystery series, and I fell head over heels for the story, the setting, and the delightfully eccentric characters. As an avid fan of all stories set in Great Britain, how could I not become a fan? The author, Hannah Dennison, truly brought the setting and characters to life in this book, and her voice sucked me right into this cozy mystery story. Since it’s the third in the series, I had to play catch-up on who everyone is, but it was really easy ...more
Rosemary K
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antique dealer Kat Stanford can't keep out of trouble. When she goes to the Hall to value several paintings to be put up for auction, she accidentally finds a double-hide (a secret room behind a secret room) with a body inside. The police determine that the victim is Pandora Haslam-Grimley, an American heiress, who disappeared in 1958. Suddenly Kat's mother is the prime suspect since she knew the woman and disliked her. Now the tabloid press is printing salacious stories. Another murder and a ki ...more
Glenda
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Stanford, a 40 something woman, didn't mean to get herself involved in a murder investigation, she simply "fell" into it. Kat and her mother, a former traveling sideshow performer, have simply come to Honeychurch Hall to collect a painting for an art auction that Kat hopes will get her fledgling antique business off the ground. But when they arrive, Edith, the dowager duchess, is adamantly refusing to sell the painting, even though a water leak has caused the ceiling in one of the rooms to c ...more
Caryn
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, this book reminded me of the Nancy Drew books I grew up reading. The protagonist Kate Stanford, who is an antiques dealer, is living in a huge English country estate. The main house has all sorts of unused areas complete with hidden rooms that in turn are hiding long buried secrets. One of these hidden rooms-a room actually hidden behind another hidden room, is where the mystery begins. Confusing? A bit maybe, but it also is spooky in a fun way. Kate is trying to remove a print fro ...more
Connie Stein
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Killer Ball in Honeychurch Hall is the third book in the Honeychurch Hall Mystery series by Hannah Dennison. A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the first book in the series that I have read. This is great mystery that reads fast. Although it is part of a series, this book works as a standalone book.
I love the cast of characters. Kat is a so to be antique dealer who has recently moved onto the estate, Honeychurch Hall. Her mother, Iris (former traveling show performer), lives in the Carriage
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RO G'ma
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the first book I’ve read by Hannah Dennison. I wish I had read the other books in the series, so I would have had a better understanding of the character’s backgrounds and relationships. There is a great deal of humor and quirky characters in this book. The plot is well developed and there are many surprises.

Kat is an antique dealer who has recently moved to live on the Honeychurch Hall estate with her mother, Iris. Kat is there to appraise family treasures f
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Lisa
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a copy of Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall in the recent arrivals area of the library. I am a big fan of cozy mysteries and the hardcover book was beautiful. I didn't know it was the third in a series, but I didn't have a hard time keeping the characters straight.

This book starts out with a very old murder, it was a nice change of pace for me. There were questions, lots of old mysteries, but not a lot of immediate danger...not at first. Then everything changed. I was hooked. I sometim
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Michelle Palmer
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
A cozy for those who enjoy Downton Abbey.

The characters in this book are interesting. They provide for a lot of drama when they are together. The newcomer, Kat, is a former television personality who had an Antiques Roadshow type of show based in London. She is now trying to open an antique store of her own in small town England. She moved there to be near her mother, Iris, a woman who is full of secrets.

The family who owns the local manor house is rather eccentric. Dowager countess, current E
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Deborah Almada
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is my first time reading this author and I was lucky enough to get this book as an ARC. This is the third book in the series so I did occasionally feel a little lost or that I should have more info about a character or an event, but this did not stop me from enjoying this book. I enjoyed that it takes place at an old estate in England and that our heroine and her family have had ties to to the place and the family of the 15th Earl of Grenville, while try to restart her life after a major di ...more
Toni Nyman
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hanna Dennison is a must read for those who have any interest in a good mystery and some funny goings on. The fact that it involves the upper and lower classes of England intermingled just adds to the story. While the main character Kat Stanford is trying to start up her antiques business and keep her mother out of trouble they stumble upon a dead woman. She happens to be behind a hidden panel found when Kat triggers it looking at a painting she is there to t ...more
Leah
While each book in the series contains its own mystery and can be read as standalones, I highly recommend reading the series as a whole. Not only will there be a better understanding for the ins and outs of the Hall (along with some backstory) but Honeychurch Hall is such an excellent series fulls of twists and turns with great characters and mysteries that not only keep me entertained, but have me guessing right until the very end! Fans of Downton Abbey, P.G. Wodehouse, and Evelyn Waugh are sur ...more
Abby Fabian
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I was interested in books set in England. At least not the ones that include giant houses that have around 200 bedrooms! I thought it would be hard to memorize the people's titles, and I thought they would bore me. I was totally wrong!!! Kat ( the main character) and her mother Iris work at the hall. They live very close by. There is a cast of eccentric personallities. Among my favorites are Harry, Rupert's (Rupert is the 15th the Earl of Grenville) son. Then there is Alfred, Iris ...more
Alisha Collins
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison was received by me as an advanced review copy for a fair and honest review.
If you like a little old English history (as portrayed by this author) with a murder mystery mixed in then you will love this book. This is the 3rd in her Honeychurch Hall series and I absolutely loved it. Once I got to sit down and really get into the book it was finished in 1 day and I went looking for the other 2 in this series. Antique Dealer Kat Stanford is suppose
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Vicki Highley
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall is the third book in the series about antique dealer Kat Stanford. Kat is asked to appraise a painting and in the process falls into a double-hide and discovers a dead body. The dead body is a woman in a Cleopatra costume. The discovery of the woman leads Kat on an interesting and sometimes frustrating path involving more secrets about her mothers past and the residents of Honeychurch Hall and what extremes people will go to keep those secrets. Secrets and lies ...more
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It will be published by Minotaur on August 18 2020.
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Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Hampshire but spent more than two decades living in California. She
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