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  • First in a new British Cozy Series

    Nancy Hunter runs her father’s bookstore with her Gran, Jane. While nothing exciting ever happens in Dedley Endings, the ladies have just received invitations to a party at the big mansion in town. The family has been reclusive, so this is the big excitement in town. Even bigger is when the daughter in law of the family is killed during the party. On a bet, Nancy and Jane agree to find the killer before the police do. After all, they’re big crime fans and that’s the whole theme of their store so they’re game for trying. Without much success the ladies question their taking on the bet, but then all the pieces seem to come together and more secrets than expected have been revealed….will the killer strike again to keep Nancy and Jane quiet? So much for a quiet and serene Dedley Ending. The first book in a new British Cozy mystery, it sets the stage for some fun and exciting mysteries to come. I’m glad I discovered this series and look forward to more to come.

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  • Wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series

    Right from the start of Murder At The House On The Hill I found myself delighted by its whimsical charm. The main character, Nancy Hunter, is named after Nancy Drew and, along with her grandmother, runs the Dedley Endings Bookshop, a book store that exclusively sells thrillers, crime, and mystery books. Come on, how can you not love that? It’s almost too cute, right? And it’s a good thing that Nancy is so fluent in the genre because when she and her grandmother are invited to an engagement party at the Roth mansion, the most well-to-do and typically reclusive family in all the Cotswolds, she finds they’ve walked into a real life murder mystery. This book featured a great cast of characters (you’ll absolutely love Nancy, her grandmother and her friends) and a solid mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Hopefully this is just the start of a new series because I know I wouldn’t mind returning to the village of Dedly End for another adventure. Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Murder At The House On The Hill.

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  • Agatha Christie fans will enjoy

    Murder at the House on the Hill by Victoria Walters is the debut of The Dedley End Mysteries. I liked the two main characters in this new British cozy mystery. Nancy Hunter and her grandmother, Jane own Dedley Endings Bookshop which only carries mysteries, thriller, and crime novels. There is a cast of secondary characters that includes Nancy’s friend, Jonathan who is a local reporter. Jonathan is more about himself and his career, but you can tell that he does care for Nancy and Jane. The village of Dedley End sounded quaint. It is a small town that relies on tourist trade in the summer. The author’s vivid descriptions allow readers to picture the charming village and its residents. The death of Lucy Roth at an engagement party at Roth Manor is startling. Nancy is basically goaded into investigating by Jonathan. Of course, Nancy is curious, and she does not believe the local constabulary are up to the task. Nancy with help from Jane and Jonathan set out to ask questions and search for clues. Several people seem to have a motive to kill the victim. The mystery is straightforward and avid mystery readers will have no problems identifying the guilty party. There is a secondary plot involving the death of Nancy’s father. He died when she was ten in a car crash. She has wondered what really happened that night. Another thread involves the disappearance of Nancy’s mother. She took off when she was a small child and has never been heard from again. I am sure she will appear in a future book. At the end of novel, there is a teaser chapter for the next book in The Dedley End Mysteries. I had a hard time wading through this story. The pacing is slow, there are many repetitive details, and the writing is a little too detail oriented. I ended up skimming through part of the story to make it to the end (the book seemed to go on forever). There are several unlikeable characters with my least favorite being Nancy’s ex-husband, Richard. I really wanted to like Murder at the House on the Hill. I enjoyed Nancy’s love of books and that their bookshop caters to mysteries. Murder at the House on the Hill is a British cozy mystery with a toffee-nosed family, an eager reporter, a curious crime, suspicious suspects, and a probing bookseller.

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  • Good fun!

    I was hooked on page one and I devoured this book! Love the author's writing style. It has elements of the classic who done it. Gather around folks and let's discover just who pushed Lucy to her death. I definitely want more! Thanks #netgalley and #HeraBooks for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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  • Such a fun read!

    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 thirty 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? Being a huge fan of Nancy drew back in the day, this story really appealed to me. Fun location, Interesting characters and a great mystery...what more could you want. Well-plotted and immensely enjoyable. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.

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