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When the only typewritten copy of Iris Stanford’s new manuscript “Ravished” fails to arrive at her London publisher, her daughter Kat tracks the registered package back to the tiny village post office where it would seem it never left. Iris is justifiably paranoid that Muriel Jarvis, the postmistress and a notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as international best-selling romance writer Krystalle Storm.

But Muriel has her own problems. The sudden death of Fred, her husband of forty-nine years, has not only left her heavily in debt but facing the possibility that Lord Rupert Honeychurch will evict her from the flat above the post office where her family has lived in for generations. Desperate for money, Muriel recklessly embarks on a disastrous course of action with fatal consequences.

Meanwhile, as preparations get underway for the annual re-enactment of the Royalist Honeychurches vs. the Carew Roundheads on the grounds of the Honeychurch Hall estate, Eric unearths the gruesome remains of a woman thought to have vanished during the English Civil War. Her discovery re-ignites old rivalries between the two great families of Devon and upsets Rupert’s wife, Lady Lavinia Carew and her dashingly handsome brother, Piers.

As always, Kat is the voice of reason, but as tales of bizarre thefts, blackmail, rampant infidelity murder abound, Kat’s loyalties are challenged on every front—even concerning matters of her own heart. In a spine-chilling climax, past and present collide as Kat is forced to fight for her life, and in the process, discovers that love really can conquer all.

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When antique dealer Kat Stanford discovers the partially mummified body of a young woman in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on those who had been living there half a century ago. In those days the Bushman Traveling Fair and Boxing Emporium camped on the estate grounds, so Kat is not surprised to learn that her mother Iris knew the victim.

Meanwhile, the unexpected appearance of retired sailor and local lothario Bryan Laney sets female hearts aflutter. Despite the passing years, time has not dampened his ardor for Iris but the feeling is not reciprocated. With stories of hidden treasure and secret chambers, misguided loyalties and spiteful deception, past and present collide. As Kat becomes embroiled once more in her mother’s tumultuous bygone days, she comes to realize that life is never black and white, and that sometimes, lies become necessary to protect the ones you love.

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When the body of a transport minister is discovered in the grounds on the Honeychurch Hall estate, suspicion as to his unusual demise naturally falls on the residents. After all, who could possibly want a high-speed train line and rolling stock depot built in their front yard?

News of the murder soon reaches our heroine Kat Stanfords nemesis Trudy Wynne. A ruthless tabloid journalist and the ex-wife of Kats discarded lover, Trudy is out for revenge.  She is also interested in exposing and humiliating Kats mother Iris, who is secretly the international bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm.

As the body count begins to build, Kat becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Is the ministers death the result of a local vendetta, or could it be connected to her mothers unusual past?

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Set against the backdrop of Agatha Christie’s beloved Devon, TV celebrity Kat Stanford discovers that her newly widowed mother Iris has recklessly bought a dilapidated carriage house on a country estate known as Honeychurch Hall. Although times have changed at the manor house, a line still exists between those upstairs, and those down. Iris’s arrival is greeted with suspicion—but that’s not all. Iris harbors an even bigger secret that not even her daughter knows: Iris writes under the pseudonym, Krystalle Storm, and is a best-selling author of racy bodice-rippers.

 

Throw in a feisty, octogenarian countess, a precocious seven year old who is obsessed with the famous fighter pilot called Biggles, a treasure trove of antiques; as well as the paparazzi, always hungry for celebrity news. Add the occasional haunting from the resident family of ghosts, and there is more than one motive for murder. Yet at its core, the story explores the relationship between a mother and daughter facing new and uncertain beginnings and makes a good case for the notion that those nearest and dearest to us are often the most duplicitous of all.

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