Once Upon A Crime…
Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…
That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in twenty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.
While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.
But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?
Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on their heels…
Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?
Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the killer opener of The Dedley End Mysteries series, by a major voice in women’s fiction.
Murder at the House on the Hill is an engrossing cosy mystery with a cast of realistic characters and set in the lovely-sounding village, Dedley End.
The whole story has a literary theme with Nancy and her grandmother Jane (the amateur detectives) running a bookshop selling crime, mystery, and thriller books.
When there’s a death in the Roth Lodge, Nancy tries to get inside information by offering to catalogue and refresh the Roth library. And an Agatha Christie book gives Nancy a clue about the murderer.
The story has a steady pace and takes its time to establish each character and scene before moving on.
There’s plenty of tea drinking–something I enjoyed reading about–and the village community have a cosy, warm, and inviting feel about them.
The author writes masterfully, weaving clues into the narrative such that my head was spinning thinking about who the murderer could be and what were the secret(s) of the Roth family.
I also loved the side story with Nancy and an ex-boyfriend, which gives many insights into how a relationship should (and shouldn’t be).
Murder at the House on the Hill is the perfect book for an afternoon curled up on the sofa with tea and biscuits for company.
(I received an e-copy of the book from Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.)
About Victoria Walters
Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.
Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.
Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.
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