A Legacy of Murder (Kate Hamilton Series #2)

A Legacy of Murder (Kate Hamilton Series #2)

by Connie Berry

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American antique dealer Kate Hamilton's Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby...and a chain of murders.

It's Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent's tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade.

Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman's work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman's death connected?

Kate learns that Lady Barbara's son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara's son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It's up to Kate to clear her daughter's name in Connie Berry's second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries.

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ISBN-13: 9781643851549
Publisher: CROOKED LANE BOOKS
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Series: Kate Hamilton Series , #2
Sales rank: 147,669
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Connie Berry was born in Racine, Wisconsin, to second-generation immigrants from Scandinavia and the British Isles. Like her main character, Connie was raised by charmingly eccentric antique collectors who opened a shop, not because they wanted to sell antiques but because they needed an excuse to keep buying them. Connie adores cute animals, foreign travel, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable dog Millie.

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A Legacy of Murder (Kate Hamilton Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
MeezCarrie 6 days ago
Sitting down with a new Kate Hamilton book by Connie Berry is, quite simply, pure delight. These are the kinds of stories I look forward to with barely-suppressed eagerness, the sort of warmly delicious novels one can curl up with and become instantly immersed into. The type of book I will pull out and re-read because I just adore the writing voice, the rich turns of phrases, and the development of the plot. If you haven’t yet read A Dream of Death (one of my fave reads this year), you can read this second book by itself but you will be missing out on that fabulous read and really should just start there One of the things I loved most about A Dream of Death was the gorgeous writing, and it’s one of my favorite aspects of A Legacy of Murder, too. Sentences like… “Irregular panes of glass set into tall banks of mullioned windows reflected the light like a patchwork quilt of mirrors.” “A forest of chimneys pointed toward an ice-blue sky.” “But our hearts have seasons, and mine was emerging from a long hibernation…” “Strength is not always physical, I mused, and courage isn’t proved in battle alone.” …make my reader heart sigh in bookish bliss. Not trying too hard or too needlessly verbose, just a beautiful way of expressing description and insights. Additionally, the construct of the plot in this sophomore novel is even more intricate than in Berry’s debut. Intriguing, multi-layered murders and thefts (some decades old in both cases) share the stage with an authentic look at life, love, and the combination thereof – not to mention well-defined characters, some of whom enhance the story just by being on the page. (I’m looking at you, Ivor!) Kate’s struggles (in between mystery-solving) in this book are easily relatable, especially for women in the same stage of life, and Kate herself is just as easily liked. She’s smart, witty, warm, and strong – but also honest in her fears and insecurities. And Tom – oh how I love Tom. He’s certainly not without his faults but he’s just such a good guy. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for their relationship in book #3, and I’m excited about all the storyline possibilities (mysteries included) that the author sets the stage for toward the end of this book. Bottom Line: A Legacy of Murder is well-plotted and engaging, with layered characters and a lovely English village setting. The writing voice (delightfully enhanced by the first person narrative) wraps you in a warm hug, the descriptions and word choices at times nearly poetic as they flow easily off the page. The mysteries keep piling up in this book and I was intrigued by each one. The perfect choice to curl up with this weekend! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Librarirun 14 days ago
Antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is in England to visit her daughter Christine, an intern at Finchley Hall, a down-at-its heels country manor steeped in local history and lore, which over the years has been the site of murder and misfortune. Desperately in need of major repairs, its current owner Lady Barbara hopes the 200th Anniversary Exhibition of the Finchley Hoard, a collection of family treasures, will generate much-needed revenue. During the preparation of the exhibit, however, the village is beset by a series of murders, attacks, and thefts. Kate agrees to stay on at Finchley Hall to complete the exhibition work begun by Tabitha King, whose lifeless body is found submerged in a lake on the property. The similarity between this murder and the unsolved death of another curator in 1996 raises alarms that history may be repeating itself. Were both crimes committed by the same person, or is someone else responsible? Detective Inspector Tom Mallory of the local constabulary is tasked with finding out. Kate’s work on the exhibit uncovers items missing from the collection, and a rash of burglaries of precious objects in the area has the staff on high alert. As the murder investigation proceeds, more attacks occur, leaving the community on pins and needles. Are these criminal activities connected? And could a rare missing book hold the key to the solution of the murders and thefts? There seems to be danger at every turn. A Legacy of Murder is a thoroughly engrossing mystery with no shortage of lively characters, dead bodies, mysterious circumstances, and plausible murder suspects. The author has a real talent for character and setting development, and interweaving the past and the present. Berry creates a rich ancestral history for her quaint village, with families intermarrying over generations, producing a plethora of interesting relationships and motives for murder. Moreover, Berry enriches the development of the series which she began with A Dream of Death. The budding long-distance romance between Kate and Tom is nurtured and tested, and we learn more about supporting characters from each of their families. It is thus that Berry increases the appeal of the series and readers’ investment in the characters.
Cozy Cat Reviews 15 days ago
This is the second book in the author's "Kate Hamilton Mystery Series." I have read the previous book and found it very enjoyable . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity to review this second in series. My opinion is my own. I highly recommend this series. In this next in series Kate has traveled to the charming ancient English village of Long Barston for the Christmas Holidays. Her daughter Christine is a intern at a Medieval hall where four murders have occurred. When her daughter finds herself under suspicion Kate must step in to help solve the murders and save her daughter. This had a wonderful setting of a mysterious ancient ruin and a great sleuth that kept me guessing to the end. I loved the likable charcters, the fast paced mystery and the multi layered plot.. This is a enjoyable mystery series and I look forward to the next in series.
Anonymous 16 days ago
American antique dealer Kate Hamilton's Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby...and a chain of murders. It's Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent's tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade. Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman's work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman's death connected? Kate learns that Lady Barbara's son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara's son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It's up to Kate to clear her daughter's name in Connie Berry's second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries. This was quite intriguing and suspenseful! I really enjoyed the plot of this and the setting was just great. The characters were well-developed and even though I hadn't read the first book in the series, I had no trouble catching up. *Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
CozyUpWithKathy 16 days ago
a multifaceted mystery A LEGACY OF MURDER by Connie Berry The Second Kate Hamilton Mystery Kate Hamilton is happy to be in England, hoping to spend time with her daughter, who is interning at a stately home, but also spending time with Detective Tom Mallory. Kate's first tour of the grounds is interrupted by the discovery of the body of one of the interns. Kate soon finds herself helping the lady of the manor with her upcoming exhibit, dealing with the romantic tribulations of her daughter, and jousting with Tom's mother, who doesn't like Americans. Kate is also making inquiries as to the death of the young woman, a death that is quite similar to that of another young woman killed at the home, working on the same project. I enjoy reading about a level headed mature woman who finds herself embroiled in murder. Kate is smart and engaging, until the end when she loses it and makes a right mess of things with Tom. But other than that she'd a delightful protagonist. Tom is as dashing as ever and we also get a dishy vicar, who may not be as good as he seems, a lovable antiques dealer with bad hips, and a maid of all work with various personas. There are dueling pubs, interns with issues, and a crumbling manor house; great ingredients for a traditional mystery. A LEGACY OF MURDER is a multifaceted mystery with events of the past coming back to haunt the present and future. Plotting as exquisite as the antiques involved and a variety of characters make this atmospheric mystery one you won't want to put down. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
KrisAnderson_TAR 18 days ago
A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is the second A Kate Hamilton Mystery. Kate Hamilton is visiting her daughter, Christine who obtained a position as an intern at Finchley Hall in Long Barston, Suffolk, England. Kate is enjoying a tour with the docent’s spiel on the four murders that have occurred on the Elizabethan estate as well the infamous Hoard. As they approach the lake, a young boy screams, and Kate sees the body of a woman. Kate calls her beau, Detective Inspector Tom Mallory with the Suffolk Constabulary who rushes to the scene. The victim is Tabitha King who is an intern on the estate working on the upcoming display of the Finchley Hoard. When Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde learns of Kate’s background, she asks if Kate would take over Tabitha’s work for the upcoming exhibit. Kate also agrees to help Tom by keeping her eyes and ears open for intel that would help the investigation. Kate’s pleasant Christmas vacation takes a turn when she gets caught up in mysterious happenings at Finchley Hall. Connie Berry is a descriptive writer whose details brings the scenes and characters alive. The setting was lovely, and I felt like I was in Suffolk. The antiques store in town sounded wondrous along with its quirky owner. If you have not read A Dream of Death, you will not be lost. Everything a new reader needs to know is included in A Legacy of murder. I thought the story contained good writing, but it does moves along at a slower pace. Things do pick up later in the story. Kate is a strong female protagonist. She is a widow with two grown children and runs an antique shop in Ohio. I can tell the author is familiar with antiques and this knowledge is beautifully incorporated into the story. The mystery is multifaceted which I enjoyed. Kate also gets to spend time with Tom, and I like that he finds her observations helpful. Kate’s daughter, Christine has some growing up to do. She needs to learn that work and hunky boyfriends do not mix. A Legacy of Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery with multiple murders, extraordinary exhibition, boyfriend brouhaha, and a stately estate.
EileenAbbott 24 days ago
Who knew how dangerous an museum internship could be! This book is an excellent stand-alone follow up to Connie Berry's first debut novel featuring Kate Hamilton and I look forward to it becoming a long term series. Antique dealer Kate is in England for a visit with her daughter interning a museum exhibit at Finchley Hall and DI Thomas Mallory, a potential love interest, whom she met during a trip to Scotland in book one. What I enjoyed most was the variety of subplots and a cast of possible assailants that left me guessing until the ending. My rating is 4 Stars: I really liked it! For reference my version of a 5 star review is “I absolutely loved it! It will stay with me for a long time and/or I would read it again in the future. Highly recommended.” As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #ALegacyOfMurder #NetGalley
Karen-Hollins 24 days ago
“Legacy of Murder” is book two in the “A Kate Hamilton Mystery” series by Connie Berry, this was my first time reading a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. This can be read as a stand-alone but I found myself wishing I had previously read the first one. American antique dealer Kate Hamilton's Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby...and a chain of murders. It's Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent's tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade. Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman's work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman's death connected? Kate learns that Lady Barbara's son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara's son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It's up to Kate to clear her daughter's name... I loved the setting of the village of Long Barstow in Suffolk , Berry’s descriptions made me feel like I was in the UK again learning about the problems of trying to keep these old large estates viable. I also enjoyed learning a bit about antiques but mostly it had quirky characters as often found in small villages. I especially liked the duelling pubs the “The Three Magpies” and “The Finchley Arms”, which brought some humour to the story. Protagonist Kate is a strong, independent woman who is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband 3 years ago. She is level headed, kind hearted and very talented at seeing little details and putting clues together to solve crimes. I found her daughter Christine to be a bit much with her tantrums but Berry does try to explain why she acts the way she does. I really liked the side characters of Ivor Tweedy , Lady Barbara, Vivian and Fergus (pug). I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting. I did suspect the killer early on but there were lots of twists and turns I started second guessing myself. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good traditional British cozy mystery with a historical background. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ethel55 3 months ago
I truly enjoyed the second mystery in this new series. A well written and plotted mystery, I really liked the descriptions of life in Suffolk and the problems of trying to keep these old large estates viable. Ohio antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is all set to spend a couple weeks right on the estate. It's a chance to spend time with her daughter Christine as she begins an internship at Finchley Hall and to see where things may go with detective inspector Tom Mallory after their electric meeting in Scotland. Lady Barbara of Finchley Hall is set to exhibit the Finchley Hoard--stolen and then found artifacts from 300 to 400 years ago, hoping to raise money to keep the Hall livable. Finchley Hall has a long past, and seems to be a magnet for murder. The present day is no exception, an intern is murdered and small antiquities begin disappearing from nearby estates. There are a lot of little things that make this book work so well, for instance the dueling pubs in town and the secondary characters (and dog) are well done.
Mousiemom123 3 months ago
An entertaining book with a likeable cast of characters. Ms.Berry does a great job with the descriptions of the English manor house and antiques. You really feel like you’re in the middle of the mystery. A bit of a predictable ending, but a good read nonetheless.
diane92345 3 months ago
“Finding one body could be considered bad luck. Finding two within the space of thirty days was beginning to look like destiny.”—most honest words ever spoken by a cozy mystery’s heroine from A Legacy of Murder. Widow Kate is back in England collecting antiques for her shop in Ohio. While there, she stops at stately Finchley Hall to visit her daughter, Christine, who is interning there. Of course, she also agrees to have dinner with new beau, Detective Inspector Tom. Unfortunately, her first call to Tom is to report finding another intern, Tabitha, dead, an apparent victim of suicide. When the coroner rules it murder, Tom asks for Kate’s outsider viewpoint to assist him with solving the case. A Legacy of Murder is a sweet cozy mystery with a perfect balance of mystery and romance. With a forty-six year old widow as the heroine, it should appeal to older readers as well as antique lovers. The characters are well-defined and the mystery is just difficult enough for a light read on a windy fall night. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Tangen 3 months ago
law-enforcement, family-dynamics, museum, murder-investigation, England ***** All Kate wanted when she left the Cleveland airport was a pleasant holiday in England with her daughter at Finchley Hall and get to know better the interesting police detective she met not long ago. What she got was confrontation with her daughter who thought her mother should mourn her father lots longer than three years, issues with the man she has fallen in love with because his duty to the law was in conflict with her personal issues. And a murder or two. The characters are interesting and engaging, the investigation twisty and packed with misdirection, and the whole is simply riveting. Hope there's another book in the offing! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
MerriGib 3 months ago
Many characteristics we love in classic British mysteries are present in this book, including a crumbling historic mansion, Finchley Hall, aristocrat Lady Barbara in reduced-but-proud circumstances, faithful family retainers (including a dedicated butler), a fabulous treasure, a quaint village. Add to that a history of unexplained murders connected to Finchley Hall, and at least two romantic story lines, and you have a classic British mystery brought up to date in intriguing fashion. I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read--got so caught up in the story that I found it hard to put down. There is plenty here to hold your interest. The lead character, Kate, and I share a common bond as antiques dealers. There are so many lines to follow here, but the one thread that laces throughout all the others is the relationship of American widow Kate and her British police officer Tom. Much has drawn them together for this visit, but there are also many things in the way of their romance, starting with being rooted in separate countries and very different family circumstances. So, the author leads us on a quest for answers to the murder mysteries, and also to resolution of the personal drama as it unfolds. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.
Booksandknitting 3 months ago
I recently read the first Kate Hamilton mystery and loved it, so I was very excited to receive this book from NetGalley. Kate is in Suffolk, England to visit her daughter and her new love interest, Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. Her daughter, Christine, is an intern at a lovely old manor house and Kate is looking forward to spending time with her. Their relationship is prickly, though, and it isn’t easy when Christine’s boyfriend flirts with another intern. On Kate’s first visit to the manor house, her tour group discovers the body of another young intern. Things get complicated, but the story flows well, is full of interesting characters, and has a fascinating mystery mixed with history. Can’t wait for the next in this entertaining series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Although this is the first title I've read from this series, I didn't feel like I was missing something. The characters are well developed, and the story can stand alone. I enjoyed the mystery and wasn't disappointed by the killer's identity, despite the cliche. Everything unfolded in a way that had me guessing and thinking right until the reveal. I look forward to reading more by this author. Her writing is good, just enough detail to entertain, with some subtle humor thrown in: "The walk to the Three Magpies took me past the Finchley Arms. The sidewalk signboard said TODAY’S SPECIAL: NOTHING. YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL." Overall, a good mystery and an entertaining read.
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
A fast paced and character driven cozy mystery, gripping and well written. it was a fast and fun read. I loved the well written cast of characters, the lovely setting and the mystery that kept me guessing. It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Carstairs38 4 months ago
Kate Hamilton has traveled to the small village of Long Barston in England. Her daughter, Christine, is spending her semester break working at Finchley Hall as one of several college aged interns who work on the premises, and Kate can visit Christine and her new friend Tom Mallory, a policeman she met in Scotland and is falling for, before heading back home to Ohio to spend Christmas with her mother. On her first day, Kate is taking a tour of Finchley Hall. The guide is talking about the murders that have taken place on the estate when a scream interrupts her. Kate and several others run to find one of the interns dead. The police are quick to label it murder. With Tom on the case, it is cutting into the time Kate thought they would have together. But she can’t help but worry. Is Christine in danger since she is an intern? I’ve just teased the first couple of chapters, so things obviously get off to a fast start. However, the pace is uneven, especially early on in the story. I know part of that is me since Kate loves England much more than I do, and her wonder at spending time there didn’t translate to me. However, there is a good mystery here, with some decent twists and surprises. The climax is page turning and perfect logical. The characters are absolutely wonderful. We have a rather large cast, but I never had any issue keeping everyone and their relationship to the events unfolding around Kate straight. While the book is set in December, there is so much going on we don’t get lots of scenes directly related to Christmas, although I certainly enjoyed the references to the season we did see. This book isn’t quite as strong as the first one, but I’m glad I read it. This is a series that anyone who loves the British Isles needs to pick up today.
chefdt 4 months ago
A Legacy Of Murder is the second book in the A Kate Hamilton Mystery series. Kate is looking forward to visiting her daughter Christine, who’s working at the renowned Finchley Hall as an intern inventorying the family’s papers that hundreds of years old. Kate was happy to learn that another intern failed to show up and Kate will be given that room and will be able to spend even more time with Christine. Shortly after arriving at Finchley Hall decides to take a guided tour of the hall to become familiar with it. Finally, Alexa Devereux shows up and apologizes for being late but the scheduled guide didn’t show up to conduct the tour. Alexa is pointing out interesting spots relating to the murders that have occurred at the hall. As they are approaching the lakeside, she points out that this was where the last murder was committed some twenty years earlier. As she is finishing, the group hears a scream from a young boy. They rush to where the boy is standing, screaming at a dead body who is later identified as the intern who should have been conducting the tour. Kate vows not to get involved in the murder investigation, but to devote her time to visiting with her daughter and maybe developing a relationship with Tom. When Lady Barbara, owner of the hall, offers Kate the job the deceased intern was working on, the organizing of display of the hoard at the hall. Lady Barbara hopes the exhibit will be able to bring in much-needed funds to halls coffers. Kate soon finds that some items from the collection might be missing and her daughter’s life might be in danger. Kate is also dealing with problems in her personal life. She doesn’t think that Christine’s boyfriend, Tristan is the right one for her, but knows that if tells Christine that her relationship with Christine might be damaged. Also, her relationship with Tom might be facing problems. Tom’s mother is trying her best to come between them. The book is well-written and plotted and moves at a nice pace. There is also a wonderful cast of believable and interesting characters. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end. I will be watching for the next book in this interesting series.
JeanK 4 months ago
It was supposed to be a pleasant visit with her daughter and an opportunity for widowed antiques dealer Kate Hamilton to look for merchandise for her business. Her daughter Christine is a student at Oxford who took a summer internship at Finchley Hall. Before meeting her daughter Kate decides to tour the estate, where her group finds the body of another intern. The murder victim had been working on an exhibit for the Finchley estate. In 1549 during a peasant revolt, Sir Oswyn Finchley had a servant bury the estate’s valuables. Lost for almost 300 years, the Finchley Hoard had been scheduled to be exhibited in 1996. This exhibition was cancelled when the museum curator in charge was murdered. Now history seems to have repeated itself. The current exhibit was planned to raise funds to restore Finchley Hall. As an antiques dealer, Kate offers to complete the preparations for Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde. One of the pieces in the Hoard is a ruby ring which Kate finds, although a garnet has taken the ruby’s place. There are other discrepancies in Kate’s inventory notes as well, which Kate attempts to discover with the help of an antiques dealer in the village of Long Barton. A suspicious stranger on the estate grounds, the disappearance of Lady Finchley-fforde’s son after the 1996 murder and a chain of thefts from estates in the area provide a satisfying mystery for the reader. Kate’s developing relationship with DI Tom Mallory, the investigator on the case, also provides an opening for further mysteries in this series. Connie Berry has written an entertaining mystery that I would recommend for fans of Sheila Connolly and Stella Cameron. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing a copy of this book for my review.
Rockport_rocker 4 months ago
Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is the quintessential cozy mystery and I loved it. While A Dream of Death was a wonderful book, the second Kate Hamilton Mystery was even better. The pacing felt a bit faster, and I appreciated the greater focus on Kate. The mystery was involved, well-developed, and awesome, but for me, the most important part of any book is getting to know the characters. This novel is a winner in both respects. Many of the secondary characters were likable characteristics; the people in the first book were created really well, but there were only a few that I was supposed to connect with. Kate's mother wasn't even in England but she felt like a key character. Her strength and kindness called to me; in fact, she reminded me of my own mother. I hope we get to spend more time with her in a future book. Ms. Berry has done an excellent job selling the strength of the new relationship between Kate and Tom. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read an ARC of A Legacy of Murder; it was great!
MysteryluvrOK 4 months ago
I love English countryside mysteries and this one was perfect. The mystery had all the cozy countryside elements - a gorgeous manor setting, wintry weather, hidden treasure, intrigue and a mystery with red herrings. The main character, Kate Hamilton, is an antiques expert, vacationing in England and visiting her daughter who is an intern at the manor. She soon who finds herself in the middle of historical intrigue and past and present day murder. The book was fast-paced and kept my interest, so much so that I did not want to put it down and I read the book in two sittings. Kate is a likable character who has been through the loss of her husband and is rebuilding her life. She is independent, stubborn and exceedingly kind. Her headstrong daughter Christine, a twenty-something intern was a bit of a handful. The romance between Kate and Inspector Tom Mallory did not overshadow the mystery, but added to the story. The supporting characters were charming, and uniquely British. My favorite was Ivor, an elderly antique dealer who Kate befriends. The is a perfect book to curl up with and read while having a cup of tea. I'm looking forward to the next book! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of the book.
Mary_Russell 4 months ago
This is a strong second book in the series. Kate is visiting her daughter Christine and expecting to celebrate am English Christmas. Unfortunately, while taking a tour of the estate where her daughter is interning a dead body is discovered, Kate's curiosity is piqued and she can't help but ask some questions. This book sees Kate's new relationship with Tom navigate troubled waters and Kate tries to work on her relationship with her daughter as well. I look forward to more in this series.
4GranJan 4 months ago
Death Among the Medieval Artifacts This is a great murder mystery. There are many medieval artifacts, several romances, several deaths, lots of suspects and few solutions. This book stands alone quite well. I have read the episode just prior to this and must say that reading the books in order gives a greater depth and color to the enjoyment of reading this book. This is a great series and I can't wait to read the next. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Reader4102 4 months ago
Kate Hamilton, an antiques dealer from Ohio, has traveled to England to spend time with her college-aged daughter, Christine, and Tom, who she met in Scotland. Her daughter is an intern at Finchley Hall, a stately home built in the 1600s, and manages to snag an intern’s apartment on the grounds thanks to Christine. When she arrives at Finchley Hall, she signs up for a tour of Finchley Hall, which includes both the home itself and the grounds. Just after the tour begins, they find a body in the estate’s lake. The body is that of an intern and is the fifth murder in the estates long history. Tom, who is a detective, asks for her insights since he believes he’s to close to home and might miss some important minutiae that Kate might catch. This is a fast-paced well-written cozy mystery that has characters you will connect with, like Kate, and will not like, such as Kate’s over-indulged, childish daughter. Kate does not insert herself into the murder investigation, but doesn’t hesitate to ask the locals a question or two about a mysterious stranger who’s been seen on the grounds of the estate. I was ready to toss the book across the room, figuratively speaking since I was reading on my Kindle, after umpteenth time, Kate got all squishy when Tom smiled “that half-smile” of his. Finally, though, the author let that go and I got to finish a book I thoroughly enjoyed. While this is the second in Berry’s Kate Hamilton series, you’ll have no trouble reading this as a stand-alone so skilled was the author in giving just enough information to the new reader without boring the returning reader to tears. If you like your mysteries cozy and well written with an interesting storyline and likable main characters, then you need to put this book at, or near, the top of your to-be-read pile. Thanks to Crooked Lane Press and NetGalley for an eARC.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Kate Hamilton makes a trip to Long Barston in the UK to visit her daughter, spend some time with her boyfriend, and to hunt down some antiques for her shop back in the States. Staying at the historic Finchley Hall where her daughter is going an internship, Kate decides to take a tour of the estate upon her arrival, during which a young boy in her tour group finds a dead body in the water. It turns out to be another intern at the estate and Kate’s boyfriend arrives on the scene, which puts a crimp in their plans to spend some quality time together. When Kate hears that the planned exhibit the dead intern was working on may be cancelled, she steps in to help to help so that the proceeds will help restore and update some portions f the estate. While regal and classy, the elderly Lady Barbara is barley keeping the estate from sinking. As Kate familiarizes herself with the work the intern had done in preparation she find some discrepancies and believes that the intern did as well. Is this what has caused the death of two interns at Finchley Hall who were both working on exhibits of the estates treasures? Hopefully Kate won’t be the next victim. On the personal side, Kate meets Tom’s Mother, who truly does not like Americans, or women who may capture her son’s heart and take him away from her. No matter how old you are, love always has a few thorns that we have to work around. I’ve been finding myself reading more and more British mysteries as of late and I enjoy this series as we have an American main character who seems to do quite well in the British domain. Looking forward to the next installment and seeing what life has in store for Kate.