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 appearance of former lothario Bryan Laney sets female hearts aflutter. Despite the passing years, time has not dampened his ardor for Iris, but the feeling is not reciprocated.
With stories of hidden treasure and secret chambers, past and present collide. As Kat becomes embroiled once more in her mother’s mysterious and tumultuous bygone days, she comes to realize that life is never black and white, and sometimes it is necessary to risk your own life to protect the lives of the ones you love. (Summary via Goodreads)
This is book three in The Honeychurch Hall mystery series. I have not read the first two books in the series and feel it would have helped to have a little background on the characters but that said I was still able to follow along.
Kat is the local expert when it comes to Antiques and Appraisals. She has been asked by Rupert, the current Earl to look at a painting. This doesn't make Lady Edith happy at all! While trying to take a drawing off the wall Kat opens up a secret passage with a room full of books and bookcases and literally falls into another room below. She and her mom Iris find the skeleton of a young woman that seems to have been there since the early 50's and holds a lot of secrets. Some that people may die to keep covered???
This is where things become very interesting. Between all the secrets, suspense, and intrigue you will be tied to this book.
Just so happens that a lot of people from around the time the women died are still at Honeychurch Hall. Things go down hill quickly when another murder occurs.
I enjoyed this book not only for the wonderful plot line and writing but for the humor. This book will have you snickering and wondering how many secrets can be buried and why??? Will this madcap group be able to solve the mysteries and who will end up paying the price for all the secrets?
Review by Penny M.