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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-crumb 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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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-crumb 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.

30 review for A Legacy of Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    The second in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series by Connie Berry has antique dealer Kate Hamilton travelling to England for a Christmas visit with her daughter, Christine, who is working as an intern on a hundreds year old estate. Christine makes arrangements for Kate to have an empty room in an area where most interns lived, which gives her proximity to the action. Almost immediately there is a murder, the death of another intern who was working as curator for a huge exhibit that is being mounted The second in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series by Connie Berry has antique dealer Kate Hamilton travelling to England for a Christmas visit with her daughter, Christine, who is working as an intern on a hundreds year old estate. Christine makes arrangements for Kate to have an empty room in an area where most interns lived, which gives her proximity to the action. Almost immediately there is a murder, the death of another intern who was working as curator for a huge exhibit that is being mounted as a fundraiser for the upkeep of the estate. As the murder is being investigated, the owner of the estate, Lady Barbara asks Kate to fill in for the murdered girl and complete the creation of the exhibit. At the same time, Kate’s visit to England is designed to allow her to spend some time with Tom, a police Chief Inspector whom she met on a trip to Ireland. Tom gets called in to investigate this initial murder and a second one later in the book which implicates Christine. Although the relationship between Kate and Tom, the Chief Inspector, began in the first book, the author does a good job of providing enough information so it isn’t necessary to have read that book first. However, if you are a reader who likes to experience relationships between characters from the outset, you might want to read all the books in order. The book is well plotted and moves at a good pace. There are some charming secondary characters who are introduced, as well as further development of Kate’s relationships with both Christine and Tom. The book does stand alone in that there is a murderer who is unmasked and brought to justice within this book. While I solved this mystery prior to the end of the book, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the entire book. This is a good, cozy series that will likely appeal to many cozy readers who enjoy good character development. There is enough interest in secondary relationships to encourage the reader to pick up the next book without feeling obligated just to get the solution to this current murder. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Digital Read copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’m looking forward to continuing to explore this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    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 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. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Kate Hamilton is visiting the English town of Long Barston for the Christmas Holidays were her daughter Christine is interning at Frinchly Hall, a building originating from medieval times. Kate is planning on spending time with her boyfriend, DI Tom Mallory. On a tour of Frinchley Hall she learns about the 4 murders that have occurred at he Hall and the body of one of the interns was discovered. Evidence points to Christine and Kate becomes involved with the investigation to clear Christine 'nam Kate Hamilton is visiting the English town of Long Barston for the Christmas Holidays were her daughter Christine is interning at Frinchly Hall, a building originating from medieval times. Kate is planning on spending time with her boyfriend, DI Tom Mallory. On a tour of Frinchley Hall she learns about the 4 murders that have occurred at he Hall and the body of one of the interns was discovered. Evidence points to Christine and Kate becomes involved with the investigation to clear Christine 'name. The gas and turns The BOOK takes will keep you occupied until the surprising finished. I am looking forward to the next book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Disclosure: Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the second book in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series and I found it to be a well written, fast-paced mystery with a plot and characters that kept me engaged. I was a fan of the first book in the series. I found Kate Hamilton to be a smart, mature woman who was someone that I could easily relate to in terms of her age, if not her experiences. She is level headed and has a good sense of putting the puzzle pieces together where murder is concerned. This time around, Kate is in England to vis This is the second book in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series and I found it to be a well written, fast-paced mystery with a plot and characters that kept me engaged. I was a fan of the first book in the series. I found Kate Hamilton to be a smart, mature woman who was someone that I could easily relate to in terms of her age, if not her experiences. She is level headed and has a good sense of putting the puzzle pieces together where murder is concerned. This time around, Kate is in England to visit her daughter before Christmas. While I love Kate's character, I was not a fan of her daughter Christine. She comes across as a bit spoiled, sullen and someone who cannot learn from her past romantic disasters. Tom Mallory makes a return appearance and the author is crafting Kate's relationship with Tom in a way that feels natural with the bumps one would expect from a new relationship where both parties come with baggage. The secondary cast of characters is rounded out by the interns who work at Finchley Hall in some capacity and the local townspeople. There are two different mysteries going on in the book that become intertwined along the way. There is the murder of a young intern on the first day Kate arrives at Finchley Hall. Given Kate's background, she is asked to assist with an exhibit that was being handled by the dead intern. Kate tries to put the puzzle pieces together, including how some local thefts of valuable antiques fit into the valuables being displayed at Finchley Hall and whether that could have led to the intern's death. Along the way, Kate also has to clear her daughter's name from assault charges of another intern whom she had a conflict with over a young man. This was a very enjoyable sophomore entry in this series. It has a fast pace and characters that engage the reader. The mysteries are well done and the clues laid by the author, along with some twists and turns, will have the reader trying to guess the identity of the killer/thief until the climactic reveal. I'm looking forward to seeing where Ms. Berry takes this series and the character of Kate Hamilton. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    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 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “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 Ham “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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    This was the second installment in the Kate Hamilton mystery series. I hadn’t read the first one so I tracked it down and read it in preparation. I’m glad I did because I felt one built on the other and the character development in A Dream of Death was beneficial. I really enjoyed both installments and think I might have found a new series to devour. They are labeled cozies but they had a little more depth than most in the genre. They are well written, the mysteries kept me engaged and I enjoyed the This was the second installment in the Kate Hamilton mystery series. I hadn’t read the first one so I tracked it down and read it in preparation. I’m glad I did because I felt one built on the other and the character development in A Dream of Death was beneficial. I really enjoyed both installments and think I might have found a new series to devour. They are labeled cozies but they had a little more depth than most in the genre. They are well written, the mysteries kept me engaged and I enjoyed the different settings of both books. I appreciated Berry adding some historical background for each of the locations which added extra interest to the plot. Kate is a great main character – she is mature, intelligent and has a great heart which makes a perfect combination. The romance with Tom is handled well - there is just enough to spark interest but is not overdone, sappy or too "sexy". I would highly recommend the series and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment. 4 solid stars. I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Kate Hamilton is caught up in antiques, murder, and a troubled personal life in the second intriguing mystery by Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder. This time, the American antiques dealer is in Suffolk County, England, rather than Scotland, but she's still in a charming, atmospheric village just before Christmas. It's just been a month since Kate met Detective Inspector Thomas Mallory while they were both on vacation in Scotland. They were tangled up in a murder investigation, but now Kate Hamilton is caught up in antiques, murder, and a troubled personal life in the second intriguing mystery by Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder. This time, the American antiques dealer is in Suffolk County, England, rather than Scotland, but she's still in a charming, atmospheric village just before Christmas. It's just been a month since Kate met Detective Inspector Thomas Mallory while they were both on vacation in Scotland. They were tangled up in a murder investigation, but now is Kate's chance to get to know him better, while also taking the opportunity to spend time with her college-age daughter, Christine. Christine is an intern at Finchley Hall in Long Barston in Suffolk, and she snagged a room for her mother on the property. The interns are preparing for an exhibit of the Finchley Hoard, a collection of treasures buried and hidden in 1546 during a Peasants' Revolt, and only unearthed in 1818. Kate's on a tour of the estate when a young boy finds the body of one of the interns. Tabitha was in charge of preparing the exhibit, and now that she's been murdered, Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde is afraid the show will have to be cancelled. She needs the money for upkeep of the property, so she proposes that Kate take over the preparation. Kate knows Tom will be busy with the murder investigation. Christine is preoccupied with her job and a boyfriend. So, she agrees, but it isn't long before she finds Tabitha's notes about a discrepancy in the collection. However, between her research, Christine's tantrums over her boyfriend, and more troubles on the estate, Kate doesn't have time to investigate the discrepancies. When another murder occurs, and there are thefts of small pieces from other homes, Kate worries about the connection to Finchley Hall and the valuable collection. And, Tabitha's murder, along with the rumors, are eerily similar to the murder of another intern twenty-three years earlier. Connie Berry has a fascinating set-up for a character-driven, atmospheric series, and she leaves a clue as to where the third book will be going. Kate Hamilton is a well-developed character, so well-developed that it's easy to get exasperated with her and her problems with her immature daughter who tends to be stubborn and behave inappropriately. But, Kate's part of the sandwich generation, caught between an aging mother who she adores, and her demanding daughter who becomes a murder suspect. She's a widow who has her own issues, but she shows maturity and growth in her decisions. There are some delightful new characters introduced in this second book, a knowledgeable antiques dealer, as well as Lady Barbara and her friend Vivian. There's also humor involving the rivalry between an old pub and one opened by newcomers to the village. Readers might start the series because of the settings in Scotland and England, or the connection and information about antiques. The mysteries combine cold cases with local legends and stories, which make them appealing. But, readers will continue to come back because of Kate Hamilton. And, it doesn't hurt that Tom Mallory cares deeply for Kate, and respects her knowledge and ability. That's refreshing. Connie Berry's series is refreshing with a realistic, mature amateur sleuth.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    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 S 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    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 o 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is a perplexing addition to the Kate Hamilton Mysteries series. Although this newest release is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. American Kate Hamilton is looking forward to spending time with DI Tom Mallory and her daughter Christine during her trip to England. She has barely settled in at Finchley Hall when she is with a group of visitors who find a dead body.  The victim is Tabitha King who is an intern a/>A 4.5 stars. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is a perplexing addition to the Kate Hamilton Mysteries series. Although this newest release is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. American Kate Hamilton is looking forward to spending time with DI Tom Mallory and her daughter Christine during her trip to England. She has barely settled in at Finchley Hall when she is with a group of visitors who find a dead body.  The victim is Tabitha King who is an intern at Finchley Hall.  Vowing not to become involved with another murder investigation, Kate volunteers to fill Tabitha's position. She is soon quite busy setting up the exhibit for Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde's exquisite collection of family heirlooms.  But Kate cannot resist when Lady Barbara asks her to look into the sightings of a mysterious man who has been seen around the estate and the local village.  Despite her best efforts to stay out of Tom's investigation, Kate is soon uncovering clues and tracking down leads.  And when the case takes a shockingly personal turn, Kate is determined to identify the murderer in order to save her daughter, Christine. Kate is excited to see Tom again but she is still questioning the future of their long distance relationship. She is also delighted to spend time with Christine, but her daughter is busy with her boyfriend, Tristan, and her internship. Kate busies herself with setting up the exhibit and asking questions about the mysterious man. She and Tom manage to carve out time together, but  he is frequently called away as new information about Tabitha's case is discovered. Kate is an absolutely charming, warmhearted woman but her daughter Christine is nothing like her mother. Christine is  immature,  quick to anger and prone to violent outbursts.  She is known to hold grudges and exact revenge for perceived betrayal. Her relationship with Tristan becomes volatile after their boss Alex Devereux begins pursuing Tristan. Plenty of drama ensues as Christine refuses to give up on her troubled romance. Set against a bucolic backdrop, A Legacy of Murder is an intriguing mystery with a clever storyline and interesting characters. Kate is a wonderful lead character who is quite endearing. Tom is a wonderful man who is very sure of himself and what he wants.  Through misdirection and clever red herrings,  Connie Berry brilliantly obscures the perpetrator's identity and motive for the murders until the story's nail biting conclusion. I thoroughly enjoy this second installment in the Kate Hamilton Mysteries series and I am eagerly looking forward  to the next book in the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Kate Hamilton is back in her second mystery. Set in England this time, Kate has come to Finchley Hall to spend 2 weeks with daughter Christine and new love, Detective Inspector Tom Mallory The Hall is known for a history of murder, but when a young woman is found dead, Kate in drawn into an investigation that soon comes to close to those she loves. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. This was a good story with an intriguing plot. I was able to, Kate Hamilton is back in her second mystery. Set in England this time, Kate has come to Finchley Hall to spend 2 weeks with daughter Christine and new love, Detective Inspector Tom Mallory The Hall is known for a history of murder, but when a young woman is found dead, Kate in drawn into an investigation that soon comes to close to those she loves. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. This was a good story with an intriguing plot. I was able to, quite easily, determine the murderer and motive, but that never bothers me when the book is well written...I keep reading and confirm my theory. With the exception of the young love/jealousy story, all of the subplots fit in naturally and added nicely to the story...providing red herrings galore. My one complaint...not a biggie though...is that the story went on just a tad bit too long (I think due to the young love subplot) and could have been tied up several chapters earlier. My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advanced reader copy of this book made available for my review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I really enjoyed this book even without reading the first book in the series. I love regency romance and I enjoy crime fiction (not too gritty though please) this was like a combination of the two. Set in current times but at an old regency mansion, the history is woven throughout the story. Well written and engaging it has been a while since I read a "can't put it down book", but this was one. I enjoyed the characters and trying to figure out who done it which was pleasingly not obvious.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    4.5 stars. Well-constructed, well-written mystery straddling the line between cozy and traditional. Full review and giveaway on my blog; will post here in a few days.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    It's nearing Christmas and Kate Hamilton, an American antiques dealer, is visiting England to see both her daughter Christine and her new boyfriend Tom Mallory, a DI with the Suffolk police. She's staying in a private room on the Finchley estate where her daughter works as an intern, and she, too, is housed there. On this day she's taking a tour of the estate while Christine is in orientation. But the tour is cut short when a young boy - who is on the tour along with his mother - discovers the b It's nearing Christmas and Kate Hamilton, an American antiques dealer, is visiting England to see both her daughter Christine and her new boyfriend Tom Mallory, a DI with the Suffolk police. She's staying in a private room on the Finchley estate where her daughter works as an intern, and she, too, is housed there. On this day she's taking a tour of the estate while Christine is in orientation. But the tour is cut short when a young boy - who is on the tour along with his mother - discovers the body of a young woman in the pond. It turns out the woman is Tabitha King, who also worked as an intern. She was designing and preparing an exhibit on the estate - an exhibit of The Hoard, the Finchley treasure - which had only been seen as partial items on exhibit throughout the years. This was to be the first time that the entire Hoard would be shown. When Kate finally meets Christine's new boyfriend, Tristan Sorel, she takes an instant dislike to him, but says nothing to Christine, having realized that Christine was always attracted to men who were less than she thought they were, and she believed Tristan to be another of this ilk. But then the lady of the manor, Barbara Finchley, is determined that the Hoard will be shown, because they've already sold tickets and the estate needs the funding. When she discovers Kate's background in antiques, she eventually gets her to agree to take over Tabitha's job. But it's not too long before Kate finds Tabitha's notes and discovers discrepancies; it seems pieces that should be in the group are not, and no one seems to know where they've gone to. But there's more drama afoot when Tristan is pursued by Alex, who works at the estate. She makes an overt play for him, and he doesn't resist very much. Now, with Christine angry at both Tristan and Alex, a dead girl that's turned out not to be a suicide, and missing pieces from the collection, how will Kate find time to be with Tom while he's investigating a murder? And is the murderer among them - one of the interns, an employee, or a mysterious stranger who's been traveling through town? Kate's up to her ears in intrigue, and she needs to find out the truth before she's due to return home to spend Christmas with her mother...if she ever does... This is the second book in the series and I have to say that I did like it much better than the first. The author is finding her way and honing the characters, and we have more depth and feeling out of Kate than we did in the first book, so that's a good thing. The following has spoilers, so if you haven't read the book, please do not read what is here: (view spoiler)[However, I'm still of two minds: on the one hand I loved the plot and thought the mystery was well done, but one the other hand I couldn't stand Christine. How could Kate have raised such a selfish, immature, self-centered daughter, and then make excuses for her bad behavior? To wit: Christine is not passionate, she's immature. What adult throws things at another woman she's angry with, pouts and buries her face in her blankets to cry? This is pre-teen behavior, not that of an adult. She refuses to discuss the situation with her mother (who could at least offer her another point of view) and is extremely rude to Kate. She's upset that Kate is dating Tom and is rude to him (more childish behavior) because her father has been dead only three years and she tells Kate that she's still in mourning and shouldn't be seeing anyone. Three. Years. How long is Kate supposed to wear the black before her daughter deems it "acceptable" that she has a life? How long is she supposed to be lonely, living by herself? Let's face it, people aren't spending all their time mobbing antique shops, either, so she's probably even there by herself a lot. It seems she doesn't want her mom to be happy - doesn't care if sh's lonely, considering both she and her brother live overseas and don't make an effort to come home; and her mom doesn't even have pets. (It reminds me of that old '50s movie, All That Heaven Allows with Jane Wyman. Jane's daughter and son throw a fit because she's dating Rock Hudson and their father has only been dead five years - and breaks them up; then buy their mom a TV set for Christmas so she won't be lonely. Earlier in the film, having a TV was mentioned as being for people whose life was pretty much over and they spent their time sitting in front of it. These were two selfish kids, and Christine reminds me of that. Everything about her screams spoiled child, and I certainly wouldn't want to spend time with her. I disliked her immensely because of this and how she treated her mother - she hated the fact Kate was dating Tom, but wouldn't listen to her mother's reservations about Tristan. Does that sound very adult to you? She also acted like a teenager around him - fawning over him, etc. - and didn't spend any time at all with Kate. She never even apologized to her mom for her behavior, and I didn't understand why she'd go to jail for Tristan after the way he treated her, or that he would allow her to. He never went to the police and said Christine didn't try to kill Alex. What a weasel. She should have told him to man up. I also didn't like the fact that Kate didn't seem to care that Tom lost a promotion because of her anger. She couldn't see that he was trying to do his job and that he was doing what he could to keep Christine comfortable. She'd rather fill herself with hate - no matter the reasons why, she still cost him a promotion. I'm sure it won't keep her up at night, but I consider it a crappy thing to do. And just like her daughter, she never apologized or tried to make it right. Then Kate, for some odd reason, decided to "talk British." Americans don't say 'packet of paper', we say 'ream of paper'. We don't say 'crisps', we say 'potato chips'; 'baked potato' not 'jacket potato'; 'tennis shoes' not 'trainers' - well, you get the idea. Just because you're visiting England you wouldn't talk like them. A British person visiting the USA isn't going to suddenly start saying 'sweater' instead of 'jumper' or 'cookies' instead of 'biscuits'. (She could have put the British terms in parentheses or vice versa and it would have made more sense). That's like saying a person from New York visiting Texas is suddenly going to be saying "y'all" after a couple of days there. They won't. They're on vacation, just like Kate. So I didn't get the "Brit talk" at all; it was starting to get on my nerves. I actually wanted to tell her to knock it off, that she was American, for goodness' sake. (I travel, and I certainly don't start speaking like the natives after a few days). (hide spoiler)] However, once I got past the annoying things, the book took a decent turn and I followed the clues along with Kate right down to the end of the book. When the killer was revealed it was actually a bit of a surprise, but even in its being necessary, there is no excuse for murder to keep secrets hidden. I will say of all the characters introduced in this book, I liked the one of Ivor Tweedy the best. Although I knew from the beginning where the ending was going to go, he was such a whimsical character, full of exuberance of life. I hope to see much more of him in later books. All in all, I really did enjoy this book and hope to see the next in the series arrive soon. Recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    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 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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    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 e 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!

  18. 5 out of 5

    AES

    I truly enjoyed reading this wonderfully entertaining and captivating story. A Legacy of Murder was my first experience reading a book by Connie Berry and I was pleasantly surprised by her engaging writing style, her many well developed characters and her realistic and detailed mystery. Although the beginning of the story was a little slow, I was soon pulled in by the well developed plot that held my attention and kept me guessing until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to any I truly enjoyed reading this wonderfully entertaining and captivating story. A Legacy of Murder was my first experience reading a book by Connie Berry and I was pleasantly surprised by her engaging writing style, her many well developed characters and her realistic and detailed mystery. Although the beginning of the story was a little slow, I was soon pulled in by the well developed plot that held my attention and kept me guessing until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery with a historical background, a hidden treasure, great characters, a really engaging plot and a little bit of romance. A Legacy of Murder is the second book in Connie Berry’s Kate Hamilton Mystery series and is set in the English town of Long Barston. Although this is the second book in this series, it can easily be read as a standalone. The story is told in the first person point of view and features Kate Hamilton, a 46 year old antique dealer from Jackson Falls, Ohio. Kate is a strong, independent woman who is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is level headed, kind hearted and very talented at putting clues together to solve crimes. Kate Hamilton has decided to spend the two weeks before the Holidays visiting her daughter, Christine in England. Christine is working as an intern at Finchley Hall and has made arrangements for her mother to stay in one of the private rooms on the estate where the interns live. Kate is also hoping to spend time with Detective Inspector Tom Mallory who she met one month ago in Ireland. Kate is hoping to get to know Tom better to see if their new relationship has a future despite the obstacles and great distance that separate them. “Leave it to me to fall in love with a man that lives 3700 miles away.” Although Tom was first introduced in the previous book the author provides enough background information about their relationship to easily jump right into the story. At the beginning of the story Kate arrives at Finchley Hall and decides to takes a tour of the estate where she learns about the history of Finchley Hall, its famous treasure and its well known legacy of murder. While on the tour a young boy comes across the dead body of Tabitha King, an intern in charge of preparing an exhibit of the Finchley treasure. Kate soon learns that Tabitha’s murder is very much like another interns murder that took place 23 years earlier. Soon, Kate is asked by Lady Barbara Finchley-fforde to fill in for the intern and to help with the exhibit of the famous Finchley treasure. Since the exhibit is essentially to the financial security of the estate Kate agrees to help. When she notices that some items on the list are unaccounted for, she starts to investigate. Soon Kate finds herself in the middle of several murders, a local ring of thefts involving stolen antiques and having to prove her own daughter's innocence. Kate’s dream vacation to London was supposed to help her form a strong relationship with her daughter Christine, meet Tristan- Christine’s new boyfriend, buy some antiques for her shop in Ohio, and spend time with Tom. Instead Tom is too busy investigating the murders, Christine is upset with Tristan and refuses to talk to Kate and Kate has committed herself to setting up the exhibit for the estate. Will Kate be able to find out what happened to the missing items from the treasure? Will she be able to uncover those responsible for the murders before it’s too late? Will she be able to clear her daughter from any involvement and still be able to have the close relationship that she was hoping for? Finally, will she be able to spend time with Tom and have a meaningful relationship with him despite the distance? Kate’s dream vacation is far from what she was hoping for! I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry. The story was fast paced, the plot was extremely well developed and the mystery completely held my attention. Although I was pretty sure I knew who was responsible for the murders, the many twists and turns of the story kept me guessing about possible motives and made me suspicious of many. I enjoyed Kate’s relationship with Tom, their interactions and the very realistic challenges they face. The secondary characters were all very colorful and absolutely delightful. Although, I must note that I really did not like Christine. I found her to be spoiled, immature and quite a handful. I did however enjoy Kate’s friendship with Lady Barbara, Vivian and little Danny. I especially liked her friendship with Ivor, an elderly antique dealer and felt it added a special warmth to the story. I also found the rivalry between the two town pubs very entertaining and often humorous. This was a wonderful and very engaging story that had a lot of depth and great detail. Connie Berry is a very talented author and I look forward to reading her next book in this series. I highly recommend this story. It’s the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly autumn or winter day! I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the wonderful opportunity to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is another sophisticated book from this wonderful author.  Is the death that happened twenty years ago connected to the recent death? Kate Hamilton Kate Hamilton is our sleuth and the main point of view character. She is a great woman that is now in England visiting her daughter, Christine, who is at an internship. She is also spenreview.A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is another sophisticated book from this wonderful author.  Is the death that happened twenty years ago connected to the recent death? Kate Hamilton Kate Hamilton is our sleuth and the main point of view character. She is a great woman that is now in England visiting her daughter, Christine, who is at an internship. She is also spending some time with a particular cop that she met in Scotland 30 days before her coming back. I love how Ms. Barry has made this character as she is so uniquely driven by not only wanting to help her daughter but also to help the Lady that runs the house where her daughter works. What I like about Kate is that yes, she is a widow, but she isn't letting that hold her back any longer. She is a great mystery solver that is excellent at helping at old houses. Tom Mallory Tom Mallory is our love interest to Kate Hamilton and our police involvement. He likes Kate is a widow, but he lives where Kate's daughter's job is located. It is a unique relationship these two hold as they both know that neither will give up their place for the other, but they are still trying to make it work. Tom is also glad to have Kate's help in this murder investigation but doesn't want her to get hurt. What I like about Tom is that he does allow her to help him out as long as she tells him what she finds out and as long as it isn't directly involved within the murder. It's a tight line that she walks. The mystery The mystery is a cold case about how a girl twenty years earlier may be related to the recent death that has happened in the same place as she was? That is the eerie question since the victim Tiffany was working to bring to light a missing treasure for this family, and so was the first victim. Coincidence? I think not.  Five Stars We follow once again through Kate Hamilton's shoes as we travel through the English countryside, visiting Kate's daughter at her new job and trying to figure out her budding relationship with a particular cop. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry isn't like any old book but one that you want to sink your teeth into now. I am giving this book five stars and recommending it to anyone that loves cozy mysteries. First Book in the Series   To see my review on A Dream of Death, go HERE. Giveaway Prize: (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card a Rafflecopter giveaway   Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page or HERE. Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?   Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today! Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder. Check out the other stops and giveaway if you have time. Until the next time, Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nina Silva

    I’m not joking when I say I’ve found a new must-follow series! Connie Berry’s A Legacy of Murder is one the best cozy mysteries I’ve read for the year… and I read a lot of them! The story has everything I love in a cozy: lovable characters, beautiful setting, deliciously intricate mystery plot and a touch of romance. The setting is atmospheric and fantastically depicted. Admittedly there are some paragraphs upon paragraphs of descriptions of landscapes, buildings and artefa I’m not joking when I say I’ve found a new must-follow series! Connie Berry’s A Legacy of Murder is one the best cozy mysteries I’ve read for the year… and I read a lot of them! The story has everything I love in a cozy: lovable characters, beautiful setting, deliciously intricate mystery plot and a touch of romance. The setting is atmospheric and fantastically depicted. Admittedly there are some paragraphs upon paragraphs of descriptions of landscapes, buildings and artefacts. Some kept my rapt attention and a couple I may have glossed over. It’s never overdone though and certainly does not upset the flow of the story. This is book two in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series and the first that I’ve read. I did not feel lost at all. I immediately got a sense of Kate’s character and a bit about her background. Reference was made to a couple events from the first book, but just enough to whet the appetite to read it and not enough to be tiresome. The mystery, or I should say mysteries, are very well-plotted. They are twisty and utterly delightful to read. We have several conundrums to puzzle through: the murders, the heists, the missing son, the mysterious stranger, the ring’s Identity and the random list of objects. All of these elements make for intriguing motives and opportunities. As those develop the reader has a difficult time fixating of the true culprit. The red herrings that pop up are often dead ends but sometimes related to another aspect of the case. I really enjoyed sifting through all the clues. The characters help bring the story to life and we’re treated to some very different personalities. Where Tom Mallory is patient and level-headed, Kate’s daughter is impetuous and acts a bit spoilt. Lady’s Barbara timeless grace and elegance contrasts against Ivor’s unrefined charm. Each of the players adds to the story, and their interactions with Kate help the reader understand the protagonist better. I did enjoy Kate as a main character and I found her to be determined, strong, a little flawed and quite endearing overall. There is one disagreement she has with Tom where her actions and responses are completely believable and understandable even if I think she borrowed a page from Christine’s spoilt-child-behaviour book. All of this simply made me more invested in the characters and intrigued to find out what happened next!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    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 i 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    Kate Hamilton is in England, she is indulging her love of antiques and history by combining a holiday with bonding with her daughter at the latter's workplace. It has the added benefit of being in the same town as the man who she crossed paths with, in the first book. With such a stage set all things should have gone smoothly but murder happens to rear its ugly head once again. This was not something new either for Finchley hall- as they have had multiple cases of bodies in their long history- o Kate Hamilton is in England, she is indulging her love of antiques and history by combining a holiday with bonding with her daughter at the latter's workplace. It has the added benefit of being in the same town as the man who she crossed paths with, in the first book. With such a stage set all things should have gone smoothly but murder happens to rear its ugly head once again. This was not something new either for Finchley hall- as they have had multiple cases of bodies in their long history- or for Kate who solved a case quite recently. Kate gets involved in the workings of Finchley hall more than she could have ever anticipated. I loved the previous book because of the narration, and the story seemed to be set in a different time and place than in our contemporary world. This installment was more grounded in the woes of owning and feeding old homes in England with the current issues at hand. Kate is a very interesting character, she is intelligent but not arrogant. She has multiple insecurities and if an outburst from her seems odd to us, she will feel the same way once she cools down. Her biggest insecurities are her relationship with her daughter and the 'future' with Tom. Both of these topics are tackled in-depth here, without a proper conclusion making it feel surprisingly realistic. The investigation spans a lot of issues and like the previous story, we follow each suspect until he/she is no longer one and then switch tack. It is streamlined and concise with the only superfluous bits being the dramas amongst the interns at Finchley Hall but that serves its own purpose at a later stage. I liked most of the characters but I would have willingly scolded Christine for her asinine behaviour, the older ladies were a treat to read about. I would recommend this series to those on the lookout for cozy mysteries with a little more content than quirks. I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olguta Iordache

    A Hoard, An England Estate And An Old Mystery That Awaits To Be Revealed For More Than 20 Years May 16, 2019 A LEGACY OF MURDER by Connie Berry Coming October 2019 Kate Hamilton (antiques dealer, 46) just arrived from the USA, in beautiful England, just before Christmas, to visit her daughter which is doing her internship at Finchley Hall. Kate decided to take a tour to the estate famous for three things, one of them being the murders. While visiti A Hoard, An England Estate And An Old Mystery That Awaits To Be Revealed For More Than 20 Years May 16, 2019 A LEGACY OF MURDER by Connie Berry Coming October 2019 Kate Hamilton (antiques dealer, 46) just arrived from the USA, in beautiful England, just before Christmas, to visit her daughter which is doing her internship at Finchley Hall. Kate decided to take a tour to the estate famous for three things, one of them being the murders. While visiting the estate, Kate and the other tourists discover a woman's body. They believed it was a suicide. But it was a murder. The murder happens just when, in the village, arrives a man, and when the Lady of the House decides to hold an Exhibition of the Finchley Hall Hoard. As the story is revealed, the reader finds out that the murder from the present is related to the previous one, who took place more than 20 years ago. The story is populated with the usual suspects: the trusted old neighbor, the bunch of interns, the old gardener, the young and beautiful vicar, the wonderful cook, the local antiques dealer and, of course, the protective and faithful butler. Who could be the killer and why? I liked the story because it is a good mystery book and it is written with humor. The killer is revealed towards the very end, which is a pleasant surprise. I didn't like the fact that the book lack of suspense. I recommend the story because I had fun while reading it, it is a good mystery book, and it is easy to read. Connie Berry also wrote A Dream of Death which is the first book in the series A Kate Hamilton Mystery A LEGACY OF MURDER by Connie Berry 282 pages, Crooked Lane Books.$26.99 (USD) This review can be found at https://olgasreadings.wordpress.com/b... Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    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 e 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    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 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is a wonderful cozy mystery, only Berry's second book! Kate Hamilton is in Suffolk, England, ostensibly visiting her daughter, Christine, who is an intern at a local castle, but also to pursue her romance with Detective Inspector Thomas Mallory, who she had met in Scotland previously. Kate is also an antiques dealer so she is on the lookout for good deals for her shop back home. It is while on a commercial tour of the castle and its grounds that a young boy dis A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry is a wonderful cozy mystery, only Berry's second book! Kate Hamilton is in Suffolk, England, ostensibly visiting her daughter, Christine, who is an intern at a local castle, but also to pursue her romance with Detective Inspector Thomas Mallory, who she had met in Scotland previously. Kate is also an antiques dealer so she is on the lookout for good deals for her shop back home. It is while on a commercial tour of the castle and its grounds that a young boy discovers a body on the edge of the lake. It is Tabitha, the young female intern who is preparing the exhibit of special items dating back to the 13th century that are part of the castle's history. It is difficult to go on without spoilers, suffice it to say, this is a lovely novel, encompassing both past and present, England and America, young romance and old. Kate is only 46 but is a widow who had been married to an older man. She is a mother to two, and as most mothers, it is difficult for her to watch her children make mistakes or be in pain. She is young enough that her beau, Tom, has a mother who is less than keen on the budding romance, and pulls out no stops to destroy it. Entertaining to watch, not as much fun to be in the middle of. There are many entertaining peripheral characters, full of personality. This appears to be a pretty authentic representation of life in a village in Suffolk, in the current day (sans murder). It is a thoroughly entertaining read and I can't wait for more. I recommend it to all cozy aficionados. I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #alegacyofmurder

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    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 joustin 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Kate Hamilton is in England to visit her daughter Christine who is an intern at Finchley Hall. She is on a tour of the estate while waiting for her daughter to finish orientation when the tour group comes upon the body of a young woman in a lake. The young lady is Tabitha King who is another intern and who was in charge of organizing a exhibition of the Finchley Hoard which is celebrating its 200th anniversary of being rediscovered. The hoard is a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts a Kate Hamilton is in England to visit her daughter Christine who is an intern at Finchley Hall. She is on a tour of the estate while waiting for her daughter to finish orientation when the tour group comes upon the body of a young woman in a lake. The young lady is Tabitha King who is another intern and who was in charge of organizing a exhibition of the Finchley Hoard which is celebrating its 200th anniversary of being rediscovered. The hoard is a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts and is literally priceless. The fees for the exhibition will go a long way to keeping Finchley Hall in the possession of almost-blind Lady Barbara. Lady Barbara convinces antiques dealer Kate to take over the final organization of the exhibition. Kate is also busy, along with her boyfriend Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, trying to find out who murdered Tabitha. Kate is also dealing with relationship drama with her daughter Christine and her boyfriend Tristan who is being vamped by another of the interns. Christine has a very difficult, prickly personality. Also raising tensions is an organized group of thieves who are targeting nearby stately homes and stealing assorted small but very valuable items - just the sort of thing that the Finchley Hoard is known for. This was an engaging mystery in a great setting. I loved all the distinct characters. I was almost certain I had figured out who the murderer was by the middle of the story and was pleased to be correct. I was intrigued by the relationship between Tom and Kate which had a number of impediments including the fact that the two live in different countries. Fans of British cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    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 crim 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    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 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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