Murders at the Montgomery Hall Hotel
By Gina Kirkham
What it’s about?
A sleuthing librarian and her friends spend a weekend at a generations-old estate where they discover murder runs in the family . . .
Prunella Pearce, Bree, and the other ladies of the Winterbottom Women’s Institute are planning to visit Montgomery Hall Hotel for the murder-mystery weekend—just as the historic venue’s past comes back to haunt it.
The hotel is now in the incapable hands of Tarragon Montgomery, with its faltering finances overseen by elderly matriarch Cecily.
Meanwhile, the local actress hired to play Psychic Selma for the weekend has been replaced by an impostor. But who is she, and what is her agenda?
Pru and Bree have some experience solving mysteries, but as Montgomery Hall is engulfed by a storm and the bodies start piling up, they may need a little assistance from Pru’s delectable detective, Andy Barnes, in order to crack the case . . .
What I think:
As a WI president, I love this series!
It’s so much fun to be back with Pru and Bree and the ladies of Winterbottom WI with more crazy adventures and mysteries to solve.
Montgomery Hall is in trouble. The money is running out fast. So a murder mystery weekend seems like a perfect money spinner. And while you think Winterbottom Women’s Institute would have had their fill of murder it sounds like a perfect fun activity.
But of course, Montgomery Hall has plenty of secrets of it’s own and there’s all kinds of shenanigans ahead.
It was great to see how Pru and Bree’s friendship is developing, and I love that they are starting their own detective agency hustle.
The characters are fun and quirky. I love the misunderstandings and Ethel made me genuinely laugh out loud.
There is so much fun to be had with this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
About the author:
Gina was born in the late 1950s to a mum who frequently abandoned her in a pram outside Woolworths and a dad who after two pints of beer could play a mean Boogie Woogie on the piano in the front room of their 3-bed semi on the Wirral. Being the less adventurous of three children, she remains there to this day – apart from a long weekend in Bognor Regis in 1982.
Her teenage years were filled with angst, a CSE in Arithmetic, raging pimples and Barry White. Marriage and motherhood ensued, followed by divorce in her early thirties and a desperate need for a career and some form of financial support for herself and her young daughter. Trundling a three-wheeled trike along a leafy path one wintry day, memories of her favourite author Enid Blyton, ginger beer and solving mysteries along with her lifelong passion to be a police officer, excitedly gave way to an epiphany. And thus began an enjoyable and fulfilling career with Merseyside Police.
On reaching an age most women lie about, she quickly adapted to retirement by utilising her policing skills to chase after two granddaughters, two dogs and one previously used, but still in excellent condition, husband. Having said goodbye to what had been a huge part of her life, she suddenly had another epiphany. This time it was to put pen to paper to write a book based on her experiences as a police officer. Lying in bed one night staring at the ceiling, Gina’s alter-ego Mavis Upton was born, ready to star in a humorous and sometimes poignant look at the life, loves and career of an everyday girl who followed a dream and embarked upon a search for the missing piece of her childhood.
Thank you Love Books Tours, Bloodhound Books and of course, Gina Kirkham for inviting me to be a part of this fun blog tour.