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A Dream of Death

(Kate Hamilton Mysteries #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  124 reviews
On a remote Scottish island, American antique dealer Kate Hamilton sleuths a killing that eerily replicates a murder still unsolved after 200 years.

Autumn has come and gone on Scotland's Isle of Rothsay, and the locals gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Among the invited guests is American antique dealer Kate Hamilton. Returning to the islan
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published March 9th 2019)
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Gail C.
Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an advance digital read copy of A Dream of Death by Connie Berry. In this novel, antique dealer and store owner, Kate Hamilton has returned to the remote Scottish Isle of Glenroth at the request of her previously estranged sister-in-law, Elenor. The trip is a difficult one emotionally for Kate, whose husband died off the island’s coast three years ago and Elenor has had no contact with Kate since as she has blamed Kate for the ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery
A Dream of Death by Connie Berry was a suspenseful mystery that kept me turning the pages until the end.

Ms. Berry is a "new to me" author but I will be looking forward to more of her books in the future. Her descriptive writing regarding the Scottish island, the home and characters made me feel as if I was with Kate every step of the way. I liked Kate and admired her tenacity as she tried to ferret out clues in order to prove that the gentle handyman, who was her husband Bill's oldest friend, di
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A new author and the first book of the Kate Hamilton series. Kate receives a call from Eleanor, her sister-in-law that she needs help. Kate flies to Glenroth, Ireland to help her. The trip brings back her grief for Bill, her husband who died in a boating accident three years ago. Kate meets Tom Malloy, a vacating homicide policeman. Her Eleanor is stabbed to death after the Tartan celebration. Working together they endeavor to solve Eleanor's murder and clear Bo's name. I highly recommend this
Mark Baker
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Kate Hamilton has returned to the Isle of Glenroth off the coast of Scotland, something she swore she would never do after the death of her husband three years ago. She’s come in response to a plea for help from her sister-in-law, Elenor, but Elenor won’t say more until after the Tartan Ball she is hosting for island residence the night Kate arrives. Elenor makes a couple of shocking announcements during the ball and then turns up murdered the next morning. Kate sees parallels to a 200-year-old ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three years after the death of her husband in an accident on the island, Kate Hamilton returns to Glenroth. The island off the coast of Scotland has a sparse population of only 238 people once the tourist season is over. Kate returns to fulfill a promise she made to her husband to help her sister-in-law, Elenor Spurgeon. Elenor runs the Glenroth House Hotel. She contacted Kate requesting her help. Initially all Elenor will tell her is that something is happening on the island that worries her an ...more
I love the start of a new mystery series. So much promise! In this case, so much promise, and a great mature character. I'm looking forward to many more books following Connie Berry's A Dream of Death.

Three years ago, Kate Hamilton's husband died on the Isle of Glenroth, Scotland. The Ohio antiques dealer hasn't been back since. But, Kate's sister-in-law, Elenor, begged her to come, saying she needed help. Kate arrives just in time for the end of the season Tartan Ball at the Glenroth House Hote
Peggy R
This is the first book in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series by Connie Berry, who is a new author to me. I very much enjoyed this book. It has a good steady plot and mature characters that appealed to me. While the main character, Kate Hamilton, owns an antique store, this book read more like a traditional mystery but with cozy elements. Kate is called to Scotland by her sister-in-law, Eleanor, only to have her murdered the night after she arrives. Eleanor is murdered in the same way as a young wo ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A very strong debut. Kate Hamilton is an American in her mid 40s, whose late husband was Scottish; she returns to Scotland to the family home at the urgent request of her sister-in-law, even though the women aren't close, and quickly finds herself tangled up in a mystery weaving together the present and past -- two hundred years past. Kate is an appealing protagonist; the plot is solid and the setting very well portrayed. Most of the secondary characters have a nice pop to them, though I didn't ...more
There's a scene in this story where the main character, whose name has slipped my mind already, is invited to tea with two eccentric ladies, who serve her weak tea and dry half-burnt molasses cookies. I feel like that scene is a fitting description of this book. Weak tea is exactly what comes to mind when reading this. Not terrible. Just weak. Even the title, which is vague and forgettable and seems to have no real connection to the story.
I should start with the admission that I am not a freque
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dream of Death is a cozy mystery. Kate flies to Scotland to help her sister in law with something. This is also the place where her husband died a few years ago. Now, a day after Kate's arrival, a murder occurs. Who is the killer? What was their motive? With help from people from her past, Kate investigates the murder. It's a well written thoughtful story. The setting of Scotland is vividly portrayed, and the entire story has an overall mystery atmospheric feeling about it. Kate is strong, rel ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent mystery. The first in a new series. Great character development, fast paced, suspenseful plot and a lovely Scottish Highlands setting. What more could you want, right? I highly recommend A Dream of Death, the first installment in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series by Connie Berry. I look forward to book #2 coming out in October.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm slaphappy giddy over this new series....set in Scotland!! In a remote island location! Carrie over at Reading is My Superpower blog highly recommended this series and when she talks books, I listen! So glad I did because I am over-the-moon enraptured with everything about the Kate Hamilton Mysteries after reading this first book. And I have the second one (Christmas themed) precariously balancing atop my TBR pile right now. I think I'll have to put it out of it's misery and read it next. Wou ...more
Cherry London
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate found herself going back to fulfill a promise made to her husband two weeks before he died three years ago. Finding an attraction that surpasses that which she felt for her husband was not on the charts, but love, she did find in the place she first lost it, but can she hold on to it in the face of everyone being a suspect in her cousin's murder. This tale is shrouded in a dark cloud of mystery, of an unsolved murder mystery a couple hundred of years old to the present day copy cat murder. ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dream of Death was a book that I was very eager to read and I thought I would really like it. I found that is was just ok for me and seemed slow moving. I had trouble keeping interested in it.

What I liked about the book was the location of the Isle of Glenroth in Scotland. Kate Hamilton returns to the Isle which was her deceased husbands home. Kate is an antique in Ohio. Her sister-in-law in Scotland asks Kate urgently to come visit as she needs her help. Kate was never close to her sister-in
A Dream of Death has an interesting premise and setting. Kate travels from Ohio to the Isle of Glenroth. If she had not promised her deceased husband, Bill that she would take care of Elenor if anything ever happened to him (I bet she is regretting it now) she would never set foot on remote island again since it is where her husband died in a sailing accident. Kate owns an antique shop in Jackson Falls, Ohio that her mother is currently watching while she is away. DI Tom Mallory is the only othe ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“On the Isle of Glenroth, memories and regrets lay as thick on the ground as yellow gorse in autumn.”

I love traditional British mysteries – they’re a different level of cozy mystery because you just want to cozy up with them in front of a roaring fire and a warm quilt. Debut novelist Connie Berry has crafted a delicious, atmospheric mystery with rich language, a relatable heroine, and a tangible setting. Did I mention it’s set on an island in Scotland and there’s a yummy British detective who is
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

It’s been a while since reading a mystery that I could hardly put down, but that’s the case with A Dream of Death by debut author Connie Berry. I simply can’t say enough about this traditional mystery! Spellbinding, atmospheric, intelligent, captivating … A Dream of Death is simply exquisite. Definitely a 5-star, best-of-the-best read for me. Connie Berry is an author to watch.

I was initially drawn to this book because of a love for British f
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm feeling the burn... From the first page to the last. Putting it down to eat or do a household chore felt wrong. I needed to finish this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This traditional mystery debut has many appealing elements: large cast of colorful characters, bits of history surrounding an unsolved murder, a hint of romance, and a fantastic setting in Scotland.

An American woman, Kate, lost her Scottish husband a few years ago. When his willful sister Eleanor urgently begs her to return to Scotland, but then is found dead the next morning, Kate has few clues to work with. As an avid antiques dealer, she is particularly drawn to the small casket in Eleanor's
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Dream Of Death is the first book in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series.

It’s been three years since Kate Hamilton’s husband Bill had passed away in a tragic boating accident off the coast of a Scottish island where he had lived prior to his marriage, with his sister in the family home. After his marriage to Kate, he had sold his interest in the family estate to his sister and she had turned it into a luxury hotel. Bill’s sister, Elenor, and Kate had never gotten along and the last person Kate exp
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This book reminded me of the old gothic romances I used to get from my Nannie, minus the romance.

Kate is asked to return to Glenroth, the site of her husband's death, at the urging of her sister in law. There is to be a ball and she needs Kate to be there. But the morning after the ball her sister in law is dead and there are questions to be asked, and answered.

I loved the characters and the setting for this story, I would love to go and see this Isle. I can't wait to see what happens to Kate
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. Are old Scottish murders being redone?
A Dream of Death by Connie Berry is a remarkable book that takes place in Scotland. The scenes are amazing the way that Ms. Berry has written them, so I felt as if I was actually there.
What I liked

Kate's sense of family loyalty despite that she didn't like her sister-in-law all that much.
That the
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A DREAM OF DEATH by Connie Berry
The First Kate Hamilton Mystery

Kate Hamilton never intended to return to Glenroth, but a call for help from her estranged sister-in-law brings Kate back to the Scottish isle where her husband was not only born, but died just three years earlier. Now she's faced with a best selling novel about a two hundred year old unsolved murder, a surprise engagement, and news that Elenor has sold the family home, now a posh hotel. But before Elenor can tell Kate the reason for
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars
A DREAM OF DEATH is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read in quite a while. Its strong mystery, gothic feel, and touch of romance come together to make a splendid read.

Kate Hamilton answers her somewhat estranged sister-in-law’s call to come to her home turned hotel on a Scottish island. Elenor drops quite the bombshell at the annual Tartan Ball when she tells the attendees that she has sold the hotel and is newly engaged to Hugh, the author of the tourist drawing novel about Flora
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Hamilton, Antique dealer, Mom, and widow flies from Ohio to Scotland to help her estranged sister in law, Elenor, who says she urgently needs Kate’s help. Staying at her late husband’s family estate, turned hotel, Kate has to face the loss of her husband here several years ago as well as the loss of her sister in law in less than 24 hours since her arrival.

What was it that had Elenor so frightened? Unfortunately Kate never got a chance for Elenor to tell her. All she has is a book Elenor as
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally never read cozy mystery but somehow this book attracted me with it premise and story. And I have to honestly say, I quite enjoyed the book from the beginning to the end. It was a quick read and had me quite intrigued throughout. I quite enjoyed her style of writing and this may have been my first book by Connie Berry, this most certainly will not be the last. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a chance to read the ARC in exchange of my honest review.
Meg Mims
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What a great setting for a contemp mystery, plus all the historical mentions of Bonnie Prince Charlie and what I'd read in Outlander - and the plot and characters are just as great! Kate is an antiques expert, and being mysteriously called over from the States by her sister-in-law gets the ball rolling on this cracking good adventure. I loved it, and am looking forward to book 2. Highly recommend!
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A good start to a series and an enjoyable read, but it didn't quite gel with me. The murder mystery was interesting. It seemed like a lot of effort was devoted to describing the historical murder, scenery, and events that were unrelated to the focus of the story. That effort could have been spent developing motives, providing some clues, and developing a more realistic relationship between Kate and Tom.
A Dream of Death was a fun cozy mystery to read. I liked Kate Hamilton’s character very much. The mystery was a fun little whodunit with the added bonus that the mystery surrounded journal entries from a woman who met her own untimely death in a murder that had never been solved. :D
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audios-2019
A FANTASTIC cozy! I completely adored this debut to a new cozy series. Kate was a fun heroine and I loved the setting of Scotland. The mystery was superb and kept me guessing. I will be getting my hands on book 2 as soon as possible. A great note to end my 2019 reads on.
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