Friday, August 14, 2020

Book Tour/Giveaway - Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison

Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery by Hannah Dennison

About Death at High Tide


Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 18, 2020) Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-10: 1250194482 ISBN-13: 978-1250194480 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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Eighteen months ago my domestic situation changed in a way that I could never have anticipated.  So, after twenty-five years living in the USA, I moved back to England. My daughter picked me up at Heathrow airport and my sister Lesley was waiting at the beautiful little rental cottage that she had found for my two Hungarian Vizslas and me, along with a bottle of celebratory champagne.


Although my sister and I had been super close growing up, we’d drifted apart as the years passed especially with my move overseas. As the oldest, I used to be the bossy one but now it’s Lesley who rules the roost. She was Brown Owl at the local Brownie pack, a Weightwatcher lecturer for two decades and now she works as an estate manager. She is a single mother with three wonderful grown-up sons and two adorable grandchildren. She is absolutely my heroine.  


A relationship with a sibling is like no other and can be challenging at times. Shared histories can be a mixed blessing. Our reality is colored by our own experiences so a memory of mine is seen through her filter and over these past few months when we’ve been going through old photo albums and boxes, we’d often share looks of astonishment and say, “Of course it wasn’t like that!”


In fact, it was Lesley who insisted that I’d always wanted to be a writer, something I hotly denied. I thought I’d just fallen into it. But no, she was right! She’d discovered a handwritten story of mine in a battered notebook about … fanfare of trumpets … “two sisters, one scatter-brained, the other practical,” who solves the mystery of a murdered gamekeeper in the woods. I would have been about fourteen when I wrote that.


Memory plays funny tricks sometimes. But who else can belt out songs from Queen and David Bowie and communicate in secret sister language that still drives our ninety-year old mother crazy!


There is a saying, “Sisters by blood, best friends by choice,” and to that I shout Amen!


Comment: Post a comment about a sibling or cousin (it doesn’t have to be a sister) for a chance to win a copy of Death at High Tide, the first in the Island Sisters Mysteries.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds really interesting! You've placed our lead characters in an unfamiliar place (sounds a bit spooky) far from home; then murders start happening!