[Book Review] Murder At The House On The Hill by Victoria Walters

Murder at the house on the hill front cover
Front cover


Once Upon A Crime…

Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…

That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in twenty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.

While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.

But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?

Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on their heels…

Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?

Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the killer opener of The Dedley End Mysteries series, by a major voice in women’s fiction.

My Review

Murder at the House on the Hill is an engrossing cosy mystery with a cast of realistic characters and set in the lovely-sounding village, Dedley End.

The whole story has a literary theme with Nancy and her grandmother Jane (the amateur detectives) running a bookshop selling crime, mystery, and thriller books.

When there’s a death in the Roth Lodge, Nancy tries to get inside information by offering to catalogue and refresh the Roth library. And an Agatha Christie book gives Nancy a clue about the murderer.

The story has a steady pace and takes its time to establish each character and scene before moving on.

There’s plenty of tea drinking–something I enjoyed reading about–and the village community have a cosy, warm, and inviting feel about them.

The author writes masterfully, weaving clues into the narrative such that my head was spinning thinking about who the murderer could be and what were the secret(s) of the Roth family.

I also loved the side story with Nancy and an ex-boyfriend, which gives many insights into how a relationship should (and shouldn’t be).

Murder at the House on the Hill is the perfect book for an afternoon curled up on the sofa with tea and biscuits for company.

(I received an e-copy of the book from Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.)

Purchase Links

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Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SzAN4h

Apple: https://apple.co/3yJGkWE

About Victoria Walters

Victoria Walters
Victoria Walters

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.
Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.

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30 responses to “[Book Review] Murder At The House On The Hill by Victoria Walters”

  1. I love a good English village mystery! Will definitely check this one out!

  2. Love reading thrillers but ah ! Can’t add more to my list. The book seems promising and perfect for readers like me

  3. It’s been long time, I have read such kind of thrille book, really need to get this one and satisfy my inner detective instinct 🙂

  4. Thank you! Yes, not everybody likes thrillers.

  5. Thank you so much, Suhasini!

  6. Yes, yes! It was a good, clean read.

  7. Yes, she has lovely titles on offer. I can’t resist them!

  8. Yes, I did intend to spend more time on nonfiction this year. But I got unexpectedly busier with freelance work and my reading, as a whole, has taken a backseat. I also take longer to read nonfiction because I like to re-read chapters to absorb them fully, so I take much longer to finish a book.

  9. I loved murder mysteries and this novel sounds so interesting to read for sure. Recently I bought Michelle Obama’s Book and I am currently reading that. Loved your detailed description and the way you enlighten the plot. Now I am going to read it after finishing Obama.

  10. Mam your book reviews are really interesting. I remember from one of your Instagram post that you’d be spending more time on non fiction. I could gather a deeper understanding of atomic habits from your review and posts. I really wish to see more of that too.

  11. Interesting read. Enjoyed your review as well.

  12. I really enjoy reading murder mysteries. This book looks interesting and I would surely read it. You have reviewed it so well.

  13. Definitely an intriguing plot will check the book out. Love the collection of books Rachel brings out for her tours

  14. Oh this is a very Poirot-ish plot! Seems to be cute murder mystery, what with the crime books store and all. Definitely sounds like an interesting read and worth picking up.

  15. Such an interesting review of the book. I would like to read it soon.

  16. Good review, will add it to my TBR. I always love the way you review the books Satabdi

  17. Enjoyed reading your review of “Murder at the House on the Hill”. I find Murder mysteries intriguing. Reading one on a wintry night would be thrilling!

  18. Nice review , such books are worth reading as a suspence thriller has its own charm 🙂

  19. Murder mysteries are my favourite genre in fictions. This book seems like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

  20. A murder mystery and one set in a book shop. Two of my favorites. I am totally in. And I am definitely adding it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing the review.

  21. A very quaint review for a very quaint book!!! Love a mystery always!!!

  22. Sounds like mystery and intrigue blended to make a greatly interesting tale. But as u know I am not into this genre of reading, Shatabdi. Albeit your review is great.

  23. Thriller is totally my genre and I want to know the result of this mystery will check it out.

  24. I have bookmarked this book.I like cost mysteries and this looks like a great read.

  25. Totally getting this one for my next read. Lovely review.

  26. Mystery, thriller , suspense are my all time favorite genre. Will grab my copy as this definitely sounds like a great read.

  27. Wow I love murder mysteries. It intrigues me. Thanks for the review.

  28. I love, love, love mysteries set in villages and quaint towns. Totally picking this one up soon, had been eyeing it for a while.

  29. This seems a very interesting story with something to keep you intrigued and also learning a few aspects on the way.. thanks for a wonderful review

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