Death at High Tide is a first-rate combination of the credible characters of a cozy mystery and the joy of solving a difficult crime.
Evie’s husband, Robert has died from a heart attack. Her sister, the flamboyant film producer, Margot, arrives from California to provide moral support during the funeral. Nigel, Robert’s attorney, has some bad news. Robert, and now Evie, are almost flat broke. Even their house must be sold. Luckily, Evie’s luck changes when she discovers she owns an entire hotel on Tregarrick Rock in the faraway Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast.
However, when they arrive, they find a fixer-upper of a property with a family who has owned the entire island for centuries. Worse, there is a murder. And worst of all, a neap tide prevents the sisters from leaving the island where a murderer is still at large!
Death at High Tide is an original fusion of a cozy mystery and an Agatha Christie-style amateur detective tale. Everyone is a suspect with a motive to kill the victim. Everyone had the means to commit the crime. But who had the opportunity? The mystery was a challenge to solve though all the clues were in plain sight.
The ongoing characters of Evie and Margot are just fun to spend time with. The sisters’ relationship is genuine. Their romantic lives are realistic as are their reactions to the actions of others. I can’t wait to catch up with their lives in the next book in this series! 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Minotaur Books, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Death at High Tide
Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 18, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B0818PVX81
Death at High Tide is the delightful first installment in the Island Sisters series by Hannah Dennison, featuring two sisters who inherit an old hotel in the remote Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall and find it full of intrigue, danger, and romance.
When Evie Mead’s husband, Robert, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, a mysterious note is found among his possessions. It indicates that Evie may own the rights to an old hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly.
Still grieving, Evie is inclined to leave the matter to the accountant to sort out. Her sister Margot, however, flown in from her glamorous career in LA, has other plans. Envisioning a luxurious weekend getaway, she goes right ahead and buys two tickets—one way—to Tregarrick.
Once at the hotel—used in its heyday to house detective novelists, and more fixer-upper than spa resort, after all—Evie and Margot attempt to get to the bottom of things. But the foul-tempered hotel owner claims he’s never met the late Robert, even after Evie finds framed photos of them—alongside Robert’s first wife—in his office. The rest of the island inhabitants, ranging from an ex-con receptionist to a vicar who communicates with cats, aren’t any easier to read.
But when a murder occurs at the hotel, and then another soon follows, frustration turns to desperation. There’s no getting off the island at high tide. And Evie and Margot, the only current visitors to Tregarrick, are suspects one and two. It falls to them to unravel secrets spanning generations—and several of their own—if they want to make it back alive.
About Hannah Dennison
Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Hampshire but spent more than two decades living in California. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. For many years Hannah taught mystery writing workshops at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Los Angeles, California.
Hannah writes the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries both set in the wilds of the Devonshire countryside where she now lives with her two high-spirited Hungarian Vizslas.
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