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    Murder and history at Finchley Hall

    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.
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    The second A Kate Hamilton Mystery

    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.
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    Outstanding American/British mystery

    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! #Legacy of Murder #NetGalley #Crooked Lane Books
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    Lots of misdirection!

    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!
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    A Superb Mystery!

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of mystery, murder, relationships and good old-fashioned policing and sleuthing then A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is a must-read for you! It’s nearly Christmastime and independent and level-headed American antique dealer Kate Hamilton is back, along with a very busy DI Tom Mallory, in this fabulous continuation of a brilliant series! This traditional mystery plot was very appealing to me in many ways. There were elements of history surrounding an unsolved murder, a large bunch of colourful characters, a whisper of troubled romance and a fantastic setting in the English countryside. This was a whodunnit mystery containing many red herrings that threw me off the scent and would satisfy even the most meticulously thorough armchair detective. Connie Berry’s knowledge of antiques was admirable and she clearly knew her subject matter very well. I found that this novel was suspenseful enough to keep my level of interest high and I wanted to keep scrolling on my e-reader. All in all, A Legacy of Murder was a brilliant addition to marvellous, compulsive series and it was the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly autumn weekend along with a steaming mug of hot chocolate! I am already looking forward to reading the next instalment. I received a complimentary copy of this novel through Great Escapes Book Tours and the publisher via NetGalley, at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
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