A Legacy of Murder: A Kate Hamilton Mystery by Connie Berry
About A Legacy of Murder
A Legacy of Murder: A Kate Hamilton Mystery
2nd in Series Crooked Lane Books (October 8, 2019)
Hardcover ~336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643851543 ISBN-13: 978-1643851549
Digital ASIN: B07NKQDYM3
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.
If you like your cozy crime set in a quintessential British village with a nearby crumbling stately home full of antiques and family secrets - then this is the perfect story for you!
Antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is a typical nosy amateur sleuth, she can't resist a good mystery and when a young girl's body is found she makes it her business to try and solve it, especially when her daughter is implicated. I enjoyed their interactions, as their relationship is not perfect, and this helped to make the story realistic to me.
As this is the second Kate Hamilton Mystery some mentions were made of what happened in the previous book which didn't include spoilers so if I wanted to go back and read that I could do with an open mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Legacy of Murder, it had the right amount of dodgy suspects, an appealing storyline at just the right pace, a quirky feel overall, with a good mix of red herrings and clues, and characters that I felt that I could identify with. Author Connie Berry's obvious love and knowledge of antiques shines throughout.
About Connie Berry
Like her protagonist, Connie Berry was raised in the antiques trade. After teaching theology for twenty-five years, she took up writing mysteries featuring high-end antiques and the legacy of the past. Connie loves history, cute animals, travel with a hint of adventure, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable dog, Millie.
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