Murder at Tanton Towers

A British Stately Home Mystery

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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2024

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Three cheers for British stately home Tanton Towers! Explore the eccentric, history-filled house, take tea in the Happy Huffkin caf� . . . and visit the site of a recent murder?!

Introducing caf�-owner and divorcee Cara Shelly, who bakes a mean cake - and solves impossible crimes - in the first of a brand-new British traditional mystery series with cozy flair.

Everyone told Cara Shelly that she was crazy to set up a caf� in the shadow of eccentric Kentish stately home Tanton Towers. But now, three years later, the forty-something single mother can't believe her good luck. The Happy Huffkin caf� is thriving, and Cara considers the Tanton Towers staff - and its equally eccentric owners, Max and Alison - to be more like family than colleagues. Three cheers for Tanton Towers!

But one beautiful summer evening, when Cara's hard at work clearing up after closing time, Alison comes hurtling down to the caf� to beg her for help. It's trouble - and of the worst kind. Daphne Hanson, queen of the Towers' costume-clad dancing troupe - and the greatest nosy parker in Kent - is lying dead in the orangery. Strangled! But by whom? And why?

Determined that the culprit should not be one of her friends, and suspicious of the detective assigned the case - the deeply annoying, and annoyingly attractive DCI Andrew Mitchem - Cara launches her own investigation. But the more secrets she uncovers, the more she's forced to consider the unthinkable: that one of her dear friends could be the killer . . .

Three cheers for British stately home Tanton Towers! Explore the eccentric, history-filled house, take tea in the Happy Huffkin caf� . . . and visit the site of a recent murder?!


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Cara Shelly runs the cafe at Tanton Towers. After several years she has come to think of her coworkers and the owners of the home as friends and family. When one of them is murdered, she doesn’t trust the detective assigned to the case, so she begins her own investigation. Will she find one of their own killed Daphne, or will she get an even bigger shock and be confronted by the killer as their next victim?

This was a great first entry tint this new cozy series. It provided a great introduction to the characters as well as the setting. It did not disappoint and leaves room for plenty of other adventures and mysteries in the future.

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Cara runs the tea shop inside Tanton Towers and, as such, feels almost a part of the staff. When one of the dancers (and the accountants wife) is killed onsite after hours, Cara wants answers!

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The author has researched the painter Lavinia Fontana (yes she did exist) and Huffkins ( a sweet bread roll from Kent with a dimple in the top and served to cherry pickers , with a recipe similar to a brioche ) and this adds authenticity to the story. I have said before that a good ending to a book makes for a great read, and a poor ending to a good book makes for a disappointing read, in my view. This book fortunately falls into the former category, what twists and turns happen in the last few chapters, made even more intense for me, as with a murderer roaming free and only a few pages to read, we were forced to turn off all our electronic devices due to poor weather at the airport for the landing. Three hours later I managed to find out the killer in a twist I really was not expecting. That combined with a little love interest makes this a delicious cosy crime read

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This was a great start to the British Stately Home Mystery series, it had everything that I was looking for and enjoyed the concept and going on this mystery overall. Amy Myers has a great writing style and was able to make the characters unique and enjoyed the feel of this. It left me wanting to read more in this series and from the author.

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