When Bath hosts a best chef competition, Honey Driver, the Hotels' Association police liaison officer, senses trouble ahead - and her instincts are proved correct. The winning chef is found dead in his own kitchen, and a second chef is found half-cooked in his own oven.
Honey Driver runs a hotel in Bath. As boss, she's in charge one day and washing dishes the next -mundane, safe, boring. Then, one day, things change when she lands the job of liaising with the police on behalf of the Bath Hotels' Association.
A sense of justice is felt amongst Bath hoteliers when an unpopular hotel reviewer is found dead stuffed inside a giant teddy at the bottom of an open grave. As the Hotels’ Association police liaison officer, Honey Driver is expected to help solve his murder - even though she’s something of a suspect herself. On top of that, she’s lumbered with a distant friend’s incontinent dog - and when it gets kidnapped, she hopes it doesn’t come back.…
When Lady Macriotte is found submerged in what should have been a therapeutic mud bath, the finger of suspicion points at the Beauty Spot Health and Beauty Clinic. Honey Driver is booked in for Botox and beautifying – with a little snooping thrown in. In the meantime her mother, the glamorous Gloria Cross, has her own suspicions. Has her daughter gone away to beautify herself prior to marrying Detective Inspector Steve Doherty? Honey’s daughter Lindsey is left to hold the fort when the Hotel Inspector arrives.
A film crew has arrived in Bath to make a new film about the city's 18th century heroine, Jane Austen. To the satisfaction of hotel owner and police liaison officer Honey Driver, some of the visitors are staying at the Green River Hotel, bringing some welcome low-season business. Plus there's the thrilling possibility that Honey and her daughter Lindsay might be cast as extras. But then the film's star, the impossibly demanding Martyna Manderley, is found dead, and Honey finds she's landed her own starring role - as prime suspect.
"Light in tone and light in substance"
When hotel owner and police liaison officer Honey Driver accompanies a friend on a ghost walk, the ghosts fail to appear, but one of the walkers is later found hanging from the rafters of an old shop. The supernatural has nothing to do with the murder, but it is connected to the past: the sinking of the Titanic and the international demand for old artefacts. Honey has two other big problems; she's being stalked by a man in wellies on a motorbike and her mother is threatening to move closer to her hotel.
When Honey Driver decided to give the Hotel a makeover, she didn't envisage her interior designer Philippe Fabiere getting choked to death with an antique lavatory flush handle. When traces of deadly nightshade are found in Philippe's system the finger of suspicion points at others in his profession. Is this a case of professional jealousy, or is there something more sinister afoot? And what have the Russians at St Margaret's Court Hotel got to do with it?