Berry’s fine sequel to A Dream of Death takes widowed Ohio antiques dealer Kate Hamilton to Finchley Hall, a stately home in Suffolk, to visit her daughter, a student at Oxford who’s interning at the home. Kate joins a tour group, whose guide explains that the place “is famous for three things—its fine Tudor brickwork, the magnificent treasure trove discovered here in the early nineteenth century, and... murder.” The guide goes on to describe the four unusual murders that have occurred there over the centuries. Then the group reaches Finchley’s lake, where the body of one of the interns is floating, and Kate phones her friend Det. Insp. Thomas Mallory, of the Suffolk Constabulary, to alert him to the grim discovery. Mallory later interviews a number of convincing suspects with a variety of plausible motives. This cozy has it all: well-developed characters, clever dialogue, a gentle love story that never slows the mystery plot, and insights into the antiques trade. Readers will eagerly await the next installment. Agent: Paula Munier, Talcott Notch. (Oct.)
Praise for A Legacy of Murder:
"Historic settings, antiquing tips, and a surprising motive in an angst-filled mystery/romance."
"A delightful mystery about the secrets of the past, closure, strong friendships, and finding answers."
—Tulsa Book Review
"This cozy has it all: well-developed characters, clever dialogue, [and] a gentle love story that never slows the mystery plot...Readers will eagerly await the next installment."
"A well-realized cast and a beautifully described setting."
"Readers will appreciate Kate's growth as a character in this atmospheric story. Fans of Jane K. Cleland's books...will want to try this series."
“A multifaceted gem of a book, it's sure to hold your interest from the first page.”
"A veritable treasure."
—Midwest Book Review
"You won't want to put the book down."
—Kings River Life
Praise for A Dream of Death:
“A well-written, intriguing debut mystery...that blends an old island legend with a contemporary whodunit.”
—Library Journal starred review, Debut of the Month
“Suspenseful [and] elegantly written… Readers will look forward to seeing more of the intelligent and resourceful Kate.”
“Nicely drawn characters with realistic backstories, a romantic historical subplot, and a modern-day flirtation combine to make this a promising start to a new series.”
"An exciting one, with tense and tough moments, aided by its rugged Scottish setting and the author’s entertaining unraveling of the plot."
—New York Journal of Books
“The Scottish atmosphere is captivating, the characters are well-drawn, and the dual mysteries blend together perfectly. This is exactly the type of book that I read cover to cover with barely a break...I honestly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.”
American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton anticipates the holiday vibe in the village of Long Barston in Suffolk, England. She might miss Christmas itself, but she'll have time with her daughter, Christine, who's interning at a historic residence called Finchley Hall, on whose property Kate is staying. She also looks forward to reuniting with Tom Mallory, the detective inspector she met on vacation in Scotland a month earlier. But then a young boy finds a body in the lake, recalling a murder 23 years earlier. Both victims were interns working on an exhibit of the Finchley Hoard, a collection of treasures buried during a peasants' revolt in 1546 and unearthed in 1818. Knowing Tom will be tied up with the investigation, Kate agrees to finish the plans for the exhibit. But a killer isn't finished with Finchley Hall. VERDICT The serious tone of the mystery is alleviated by the humor of an ongoing feud among local pubs in this second "Kate Hamilton" mystery (A Dream of Death). Readers will appreciate Kate's growth as a character in this atmospheric story. Fans of Jane K. Cleland's books featuring another antiques dealer involved with a police officer will want to try this series.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN
An American antiques dealer visiting England to see her daughter, an Oxford student, becomes involved in a murder investigation.
While her daughter, Christine, is interning at Finchley Hall, Kate Hamilton has snagged a small room in a stable block used by the interns while her own mother runs her shop back in Ohio and her son does research in Italy. Kate plans to spend time with DI Thomas Mallory, whom she met over a murder on an earlier trip (A Dream of Death, 2019). On a tour of the property with stunning guide Alex Devereux, she and the other tour members learn fascinating facts about the estate and the famous Hoard, a sack of valuables buried in 1549 and later recovered. When a young boy accompanying his mother on the tour finds a body in Blackwater Lake, Alex identifies it as that of Tabitha King, an intern who was designing an exhibit of the Hoard. Mallory's put in charge of the case, and Kate can't help but be interested, especially after she agrees to take over Tabitha's job helping Lady Barbara, a nearly blind widow whose son has long been gone to South America, leaving her in the care of the butler and a woman who cooks and cleans. Christine, who has a bad habit of falling for the wrong man, has become involved with fellow intern Tristan Sorel, who's easily enticed by Alex. Mallory's mother doesn't hide her dislike of Kate, who she fears will encourage her son to move to the United States. As Kate becomes more closely involved with Lady Barbara and the interns' problems, she tries to leave the detecting to Mallory. But she's a divvy, an antiques whisperer, whose extraordinary powers to distinguish real antiques from fake will be instrumental in catching a killer.
Historic settings, antiquing tips, and a surprising motive in an angst-filled mystery/romance.