All of Hannah Dennison’s Books in Order!
Who is Hannah Dennison?
Hannah Dennison is a British-born writer who worked for a time for a local weekly newspaper, then as a secretary and a flight attendant. That’s how she met Steven Spielberg who encouraged her to pursue her dream of writing books.
But first, this led her to Hollywood where she worked for various film studios and learned how to write screenplays. After a few years, she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program (she still occasionally teaches mystery writing workshops there) but also took a job working for the chairman of a west coast advertising agency. Time passed and Hannah Dennison finally moved back to the English countryside and wrote her books.
As a writer, Hannah Dennison is known for her multiple series: Vicky Hill, The Honeychurch Hall, and Island Sisters Mysteries.
How to read Hannah Dennison’s Books in Order?
The Vicky Hill Series
- Exclusive! (2008) – Vicky Hill has two goals in life: to escape the never-ending boredom of funeral reporting and find the right man. Then a tip leads to what might be the scoop of a lifetime. There is a bizarre connection between three grisly chicken corpses and the unusual death of a local hedge-jumping enthusiast Sir Hugh Trewallyn. Suddenly, it seems that this quiet market town harbors more than its fair share of secrets but when Vicky opens Gipping’s Pandora’s box, her own secrets come back to haunt her…
- Scoop! (2009) – Vicky will do anything to get off the obituary circuit and onto the front page! If there’s one thing Vicky has learned as an obituary writer, it’s how to spot something fishy at a funeral – and plenty is amiss at the service for Gordon Berry. The man was a champion hedge cutter so why are people willing to believe he electrocuted himself by striking a power line with his own clippers?
- Expose! (2009) – When an early morning call wakes Vicky from the arms of her dream man, reality had better be worth it – and it is. A tipster tells her about the secret funeral of local celebrity Scarlett Flemming, organized by her grieving husband Doug. The entire town is baffled by the sudden death and oddly discreet funeral. After all, in life Scarlett had hardly been a shrinking violet.
- Thieves! (2011) – When the body of a woman is found in a shallow stream, aspiring investigative journalist Vicky Hill suspects there’s a connection between the murder and the string of recent silver thefts plaguing the small town of Gipping-on-Plym. And since both her boss and the local police refuse to investigate, Vicky takes on the case by herself – and she’s determined to uncover the answers and clinch her fourth national exclusive!
- Accused! (2015) – Murder is in the air when hedge-jumping champ Dave Randall accuses his arch enemy, Jack Webster, of sabotaging his dream to compete at the upcoming European Games. Vicky is used to Dave’s histrionics and she turns a blind eye. After all, she has bigger fish to fry-namely solving the mysterious death of worm-charming diva Ruth Reeves, whose sudden inheritance has made her very unpopular with old friends and neighbors alike. But when Jack Webster ends up dead, too, there seems to be a strange connection between the pair and Dave becomes the prime suspect.
- Trapped! (2021) – Christmas is around the corner and aspiring investigative reporter Vicky Hill is in good spirits. Her new lodgings with the pungent garbologist Ronnie Binns and his new wife Olive has worked out better than she could ever have imagined. Work is going well too. Vicky’s regular weekly column, “On the Cemetery Circuit with Vicky,” is proving to be a success given her belief that “every dead senior has a secret.” The only fly in the ointment is Vicky’s rash announcement that she has the perfect front-page scoop for this Saturday’s Christmas edition of the Gipping Gazette, but somehow, she’ll pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. Doesn’t she always?
The Honeychurch Hall Series
- Murder at Honeychurch Hall (2014) – Kat Stanford is just days away from starting her dream antique business with her newly widowed mother Iris when she gets a huge shock. Iris has recklessly purchased a dilapidated carriage house at Honeychurch Hall, an isolated country estate complete with eccentric lords and ladies and butlers and cooks. When a secret from the past comes back to haunt Iris, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all. And when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall.
- Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall (2015) – When a body is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on the folks in the village. And as the body count begins to build, our heroine, Kat Stanford, becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Are the deaths the result of a local vendetta, or could they be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past?
- A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall (2016) – 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.
- Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall (2017) – When the only copy of Ravished, Iris Stanford’s new manuscript, never arrives at her London publisher’s office, her daughter Kat investigates the tiny local village post office, where it appears the package never left the building. Iris is on tenterhooks – not only is her novel gone with the wind, but she’s deathly afraid that Muriel Jarvis, the postmistress, and notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as the best-selling romance writer Krystalle Storm.
- Dangerous Deception at Honeychurch Hall (2018) – Things are going well for Kat Stanford; not only is her antique business thriving, she’s also got a new date: Piers Carew, Viscount Chawley, who owns the estate next to Honeychurch Hall. Unfortunately, Kate has a rival. Impossibly beautiful Cassandra Bowden-Forbes is also in town, conducting valuations at the same fairs as Kat – and she makes no secret of the fact she’s got her eye on Piers . . . And then things start to go wrong: Kat finds herself at the scene of not one but two mysterious deaths, and local tongues are wagging – is it coincidence, or murder?
- Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall (2019) – It’s ten days before Christmas at Honeychurch Hall and Kat Stanford has persuaded the Earl of Grenville to open the Museum Room to the villagers in an effort to raise money for rooftop repairs. When an obnoxious young couple drives 200 miles from London to view the treasures it’s not just Kate who is suspicious of their intentions; But then a suit of armor inexplicably falls on the ancient butler, killing him, and when a second body is found near a quarry nearby Kat becomes entangled in a world of feuds and jealousies, finally encountering a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past at bay.
- Death of a Diva at Honeychurch Hall (2020) – Spring is in the air … and so, too, is the sound of music as the residents of Honeychurch Hall are stunned to learn that the Dowager Countess Lady Edith Honeychurch has agreed to the staging of a production of The Merry Widow in the dilapidated grand ballroom. Just a week before, D.O.D.O’s original venue was destroyed in a mysterious fire but since tickets have been sold, costumes made and lucrative local sponsorships secured, Olga is determined that the show must go on. After decades at the helm of D.O.D.O., The Merry Widow will be Olga’s swansong and she wants to go out with a bang . . .
- Murder in Miniature at Honeychurch Hall (2021) – When a body found on the Honeychurch Hall estate proves to be that of a villager who had supposedly moved to Ireland years earlier, tongues start wagging and theories abound. Charlie Green had always been a rogue. Although Charlie’s demise happened well before Kat’s arrival, Kat is drawn into the mystery when she finds two rare miniature portraits hidden inside a custom-made dollhouse of Honeychurch Hall. And then Charlie’s aunt suffers a mysterious fatal fall and suspicion lands on a stranger who is holidaying in the newly installed shepherd’s hut in the walled garden — one of Lady Lavinia’s latest hare-brained moneymaking schemes. Although there is something off about the tourist, Kat believes the culprit is a fellow antique dealer.
- A Killer Christmas at Honeychurch Hall (2022) – Following the butler’s death and the cook’s retirement, the ever-gullible Lady Lavinia replaces them with a power couple who are determined to thrust the crumbling estate into the 21st century. The Dowager Countess reluctantly agrees to hold a big-ticket Christmas gala and silent auction with a mystery celebrity flying in from Monaco as the guest of honor. Needless to say, the newcomers’ make a few enemies in their quest to change the status quo, and when one body is discovered in the Victorian stumpery and a second, in the ha-ha, it seems that their high-flying past is catching up with them.
- Dagger of Death at Honeychurch Hall (2023) – At last St Mary’s church is going to have its own vicar! Not only that, the gorgeous Reverend Pritchard is sixty, single… and in need of a wife. But when he spearheads a campaign to restore a derelict chapel – rumoured to be haunted by a German Luftwaffe pilot- in a far-flung corner of the Honeychurch estate, the Dowager Countess puts her foot down. But nobody quite understands why…
The Island Sisters Mysteries
- Death at High Tide (2020) – 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 a crumbling Art Deco hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. Once at the hotel – more fixer-upper than spa resort – Evie and her sister, Margot, attempt to get to the bottom of things. But the foul-tempered hotel owner claims he’s never met the late Robert, despite mounting evidence. 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. When a murder occurs at the hotel and then another soon follows, frustration turns to desperation.
- Danger at the Cove (2021) – Renovations on Tregarrick Rock Hotel are coming along, and Evie Mead thinks they just might be done by opening day. Then one of her sister Margot’s old Hollywood friends, Louise, arrives unannounced-and expecting VIP treatment. Evie has half a mind to tell Louise to find other accommodations, but Margot pleads with Evie, saying that Louise is grieving her recently deceased husband. The small life insurance policy left to Evie by her own husband is gone, and they are desperate for funds. Margot believes that Louise, a marketing guru, can put the hotel on the map and give it the boost it needs. But when a member of the hotel staff is found dead, and then another murder follows, the sisters’ plans crumble before their eyes.
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