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A Legacy of Murder

(Kate Hamilton Mysteries #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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
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Published October 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Gail C.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mark Baker
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
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 ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dogs, mystery, e-books
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jerri Cachero
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Nov 03, 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.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
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Sitting down with a new Kate Hamilton book by Connie Berry is, quite simply, pure delight. These are the kinds of stories I look forward to with barely-suppressed eagerness, the sort of warmly delicious novels one can curl up with and become instantly immersed into. The type of book I will pull out and re-read because I just adore the writing voice, the rich turns of phrases, and the development of the plot.

One of the things I loved most about A Dream of Death was the gorgeous writin
Nina Silva
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Olguta Iordache
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Hoard, An England Estate And An Old Mystery That Awaits To Be Revealed For More Than 20 Years
May 16, 2019

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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 06, 2019 added it
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 ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Martin
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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