Murder At The House On The Hill written by Victoria Walters, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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.
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Victoria Walters is known for her contemporary feel-good romances so Murder at the House on the Hill is a complete genre swap for her and for me too. I’ve only dabbled in reading crime before but I had every faith in the author to deliver us something different but not too unsettling. My verdict: I really enjoyed this cosy crime, I was hooked with the storyline but also charmed by the characters and the gorgeous Cotswold country village setting.
I don’t know whether it was just me but as I was reading the novel I imagined the author as our leading lady Nancy!
Nancy and her lovely gran, Jane, live and work in the small village of Dedley End in the Cotswold. The name of the village is quirky and fab! They own the bookshop, Dedley Endings, a store dedicated to crime, mystery and thrillers and it sounded such a cosy retreat for all book lovers. Nothing much happens in this cosy, quintessentially English village so when an invite to a party at Roth Lodge arrives excitement and speculation ensues as the Roth family have kept themselves to themselves for 30 years.
The party brings glitz and glamour to the village with awe and wonder as the guests enter the splendid house. Introductions are made, canapes are tasted and the champagne is flowing but the merriment is halted with a jolt as a loud scream echoes throughout. Sadly, a body has been found and foul play is on everyone’s mind but ‘who dunnit’?!
The village is full of gossip on the events of party as the majority of the villagers were in attendance. Nancy and her best friend, Jonathan, have interesting thoughts about the crime and with Nancy’s evident interest in all things mysterious they vow to track down the accomplice of this crime.
We follow Nancy, Jane and Jonathan as they unearth secrets and lies surrounding the Roth family and the sad demise of a young woman.
This was such a fun read as it played on the cosy crime feels and there were no gruesome or graphic scenes to upset the balance. The pairing of Nancy and her gran was great and the age difference blended well together. I also enjoyed Nancy and Jonathan’s partnership, childhood friends who have bickered and teased each other for years but are fiercely loyal. I am looking forward to more from Dedley End and to see if Nancy and Jonathan’s friendship blossoms into something more.
Author Bio – 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/.