Death at High Tide is the first book in Hannah Dennison’s new series, the Island Sisters Mysteries, set in the Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast.
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If you’ve read Hannah’s previous two mystery series, Vicky Hill and Honeychurch Hall, then you have discovered what a master at characterization, intricate plots, scene setting, and subtle humour her writing displays.
The mystery begins in a lawyer’s office where Evie, (the more reserved sister), and Margot (the sister involved in the Los Angles movie industry) are delving into Evie’s husband Robert’s financial affairs as he has unexpectedly died of a heart attack. She discovers a mysterious letter addressed to ‘my darling wife’. It indicates that Evie owns the rights to a hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of south-west England. Evie is hesitant to find out more, but sister Margot talks her into setting off for a luxury hotel weekend on the island to look over her inheritance. And thus the mysteries begin………
The sisters arrive on the island to discover the hotel in desperate need of repair and far from luxurious, but worst of all is the ownership of the hotel is not straight forward. There are hidden secrets, and residents of the island regard all strangers suspiciously, pointing fingers at the two sisters when a murder occurs. Will the sisters convince the police of their innocence and survive the murderer’s attempts to do them in?
As the story unfolds it sets off a series of wild and scary adventures for the two sisters and keeps the reader guessing as to the identity of the murderer. Patty, the head of the Isles of Scilly police force, is determined to solve the murders and even calls on a cat cam to help in her efforts. But in the end it’s Evie and Margot who get it right.
Dennison has based the topography of the fictional island, Tregarrick, on a mash-up of two real islands,Tresco and Burgh, near Bigbury-on-Sea. Imagine a tiny island, just one mile wide by two and a half miles long, with diverse topography and lush vegetation. In fact, it can only be reached by boat at high tide or on foot at low tide, which plays a major part in the mystery. There’s not many places a murderer can hide out or even easily escape from the island. Never fear, all will be revealed in the spine chilling ending.
British born Hannah Dennison, who lives in south-west England, is the author of the Honeychurch Hall mysteries and the Vicky Hill mysteries, both set in Devon, England. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. She shares her life with two Hungarian Vizslas. She enjoys country pursuits, movies, reading, theater, and seriously good chocolate.
Death at High Tide
Published by Minotaur Books (Macmillan Publishers)
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-259-19448-0 (hardcover)
304 pages; $25.99 US
Hannah Dennison’s website: Hannah Dennison
For reviews of Hannah’s first series,the Vicky Hill mysteries, go to the series reviews at
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For reviews of Hannah’s second series, The Honeychurch Hall mysteries, go to the series reviews at Murder at Honeychurch Hall