ARC REVIEW: Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison

In the first installment in the delightful Island Sisters series, two sisters inherit an old hotel in the remote Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall and find it full of intrigue, danger, and romance. – Goodreads

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Title: Death at High Tide

Author: Hannah Dennison

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Pub date: August 18, 2020

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


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.


This is a story about Evie, a woman who recently lost her husband and finds out he left nothing behind for her. She then finds out he loaned a large sum of money to a very rich man who owns a hotel on an island. The best part – it doesn’t look like the loan was ever repaid AND the collateral for the loan is the hotel. Evie is accompanied by her sister, Margot, and together to go off to visit this hotel. The story gets even better when it appears there’s a killer on the island!

I started off with little thoughts on this story. It felt kind of slow and I felt it was focusing on things that didn’t really matter and was dragging on. However!!!!! Once the girls got to the island hotel, things started to pick up and once they picked up they did not stop! From like the half way point of the book I was on the edge of my chair! I did not even place the book down for a second. I felt that the actual mystery was well done! I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed that the hotel was like a mystery hotel in the sense that all the rooms were named after a famous mystery authors (like Agatha Christie). It kind of made it feel ironic when a mystery occurs!!

Overall, this story was fun! I enjoyed the characters. The author did a great job of giving background information without being boring and also keeping some information from the reader making everyone seem suspicious! I do have to say, I didn’t really enjoy Evie’s sister, Margot. She was annoying and entitled the entire book and even towards the end when she got a bit better I just couldn’t get past it. She was a downer for me.

I am really interested in the rest of Hannah Dennisons books now!! I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! I would highly recommend this to someone who likes cozy, “locked in” mysteries. It kind of gave me Clue vibes in the sense that the killer was someone on the island and everyone was stuck there trying to solve the mystery! This was a great read, really enjoyed it!

* Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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