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  • The disappearing family

    While Kate is running Ivor’s shop a local recluse brings in a very valuable antique to be sold. Kate knows it is a very valuable relic and likely to bring in some big money for both the woman and Ivor. When the woman makes her way to the town festival and dies on the stage from a stab wound, Kate is brought into yet another murder investigation when the item the woman hired Kate to sell is stolen from the shop. When first the police and then the executor of the estate hire Kate to catalog the family art collection, she and Tom find that the husband died 18 years ago, and the daughter seems to have vanished off the face of the earth. There’s something strange going on, but Kate can’t quite put her finger on it. Now she has to keep her wits about her as she gets closer to the truth and the murderer.

This is a great series and I love Kate as the protagonist. She is a typical strong American woman who knows her antiques and is at home in the United Kingdom as she is in Ohio. Her struggles as a widow and Mother make all of her emotions real and I can certainly relate to her on many front. The whodunit is always good with enough red herrings to send you in multiple directions until all the pieces finally fall into place and reveal the killer. This is a great series to add to your cozy list, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Twisty

    murder, murder-investigation, family-dynamics, friendship, law-enforcement, England, legend, artifact, suspense**** A widowed antique dealer from Ohio who grew up in Wisconsin, Kate is managing the antiquities shop for her friend who has had surgery. She is approached by woman wanting to sell a rare Chinese artifact. Later that day the woman is stabbed to death and the whole melodrama begins along with her own romance with the widowed DI. The characters are interesting and engaging, the investigation twisty and packed with misdirections, distractions, 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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  • The Art of Betrayal caught me immediately and held

    The Art of Betrayal is wonderful traditional cozy mystery with an American main character and a strong British feel. This third novel in the Kate Hamilton Mysteries by Connie Berry held me in its grasp throughout. I loved it even more than the first two, that makes three out of three winners! I can't call it fast-paced because it takes time for Kate and Tom to put the whole mystery together but there is so much action that it feels like a dash from end to end; I was barely able to catch my breath. The plot is well constructed which is really important with a book this complex. I love most of the characters and appreciate not only the romantic relationship between Tom and Kate but the amount of respect he shows in her interest in the case. My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane for allowing me to read an ARC of The Art of Betrayal. As a big fan of the series, I had to make that request and am more than happy to share my thoughts about the book. I always do when I love a book. Now I am anxious to see what is next for Kate and Tom. #CrookedLane #NetGalley #ConnieBerry #TheArtofBetrayal

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  • Murder of a Recluse, Theft of an Antique Jar

    Kate Hamilton is back in the village of Long Barston to help her friend with his antiques business while he recovers from surgery and spend more time with Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. One afternoon, a woman comes into the store with a valuable piece of Chinese pottery she wants to sell on consignment. But that night, she stumbles onto the stage of the village’s May Fair pageant and dies. Almost immediately, Tom gets a call about the antique shop, and he and Kate go there to find that the pottery is missing. Can Kate figure out what is going on? It was a pleasure to be back with Kate and Tom in England. This is a fantastic mystery with plenty of twisty threads for Kate to follow before she resolves things. I had a part or two figured out, but most of it didn’t come together for me until Kate had figured it out. Then I couldn’t believe I had missed it. The characters are strong. Kate is a little older than a traditional protagonist, something that I enjoy. I quickly got reacquainted with the returning characters and enjoyed getting to know the suspects, who were strong enough to make me care about the outcome. This book will please Kate’s fans and should bring her some new ones.

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  • A Spy, Secrets, Betrayal and Murder!

    Murdered bodies don't just show up at May fairs in idyllic English villages, or do they? In books they certainly do! Kate, an American who is working temporarily in England at an antiquities shop and her boyfriend DI Tom Mallory join forces to find the identity of a murderer but along the way also discover theft of a Chinese jar, betrayal, a green maiden, a secret society and seemingly meaningless words. Kate is a bright 40-something widow who finds more than a job in England...far more. Tom is a kind widower and detective of the same age. Aside from the main characters there are several others including Ivor, the fatherly owner of the antiquities shop, Vivian (who speaks in Italics!) and Kate's mom. So, not only do we have interesting plot twists but also fascinating characters. And you know how village gossips can be... "But if you've been stabbed, your final words are significant." They certainly are! The mysteries swirl like mist in this book. The author treats us to historical details which I appreciate, including the mention of quaint and descriptive town names. England is lovely and the names make me smile. Details like this make a book special. And what a cover! Cozy mystery fans, this is a charming, enjoyable and clean book which you should snap up. It's comfy and homey. Immerse yourself in it. My sincere thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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