Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fan Mail - A Spotlight

I'm happy to shine a spotlight on a new book by Daryl Wood Gerber. Fan Mail is the second Aspen Adams novel of suspense and is being released today!


An adoring fan and a string of murders: a demented show of love that leaves no one safe . . .

Local celebrity news anchor Gloria Morning is used to receiving declarations of love and praise in her weekly fan letters, but when a Lake Tahoe doctor is murdered and she gets an anonymous note telling her it was done for her glory, her appreciation turns to panic. Unsure of where else to turn, she enlists the help of novice private investigator Aspen Adams. No sooner does Aspen begin digging into who sent the macabre note than another murder occurs, followed by another note, and she soon realizes she’s up against a methodical and deranged killer. Working with scant clues and a puzzling array of potential suspects, Aspen is determined to unearth the elusive connection between the victims and her client. But as the body count grows and the murderer remains a mystery to both her and the police, Aspen discovers she’s gotten closer to the killer than she ever imagined, and now she must risk everything she holds dear to stop the killings, including her own life . . .

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 Author Bio:

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense again with, FAN MAIL, the second in the Aspen Adams series. In addition, Daryl writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and she has the new FAIRY GARDEN MYSTERIES coming out in 2020. As Avery Aames, she wrote the CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES. Fun Tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. Make sure to visit her website to learn more: www.darylwoodgerber.com

Monday, November 11, 2019

Cosmic Cat - A Guest Post

I'm pleased to allow Mollie Hunt to take over Cozy Up With Kathy today. Mollie writes the Crazy Cat Lady Mystery series. Cosmic Cat is the sixth book in the series and was released earlier this year.


Cats! Gotta love them. The way they settle on your lap, all warm and purry; the funny things they do. But as all cat people know, there is more to cats than meets the eye. Cats love deeply, feel strongly, and live courageously. They bond with their humans, even though they may manifest their love by completely ignoring you. They are stoic and rarely show pain. The signals they use to express stress may baffle us. Learning about these wonderful characters is a lifelong journey.

In my Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, I talk a lot about cats. The stories are fictional, of course,  and meant to entertain, but my hero Lynley Cannon is a cat shelter volunteer, so topics such as fostering, adopting, cat care, and cats with special needs come up naturally. Lynley even has a registered therapy cat, Tinkerbelle, based on my own beloved kitty! Also, at the beginning of each chapter, I include a basic tip, trick, or fact about our feline friends. Here are a few from my most recent book, Cosmic Cat:

~There are many reasons that some cats dislike others of their species. Since cats are independent, a certain amount of wariness is only natural. Many behaviors can be modified with patience and training, but some cats are best living as the only feline in your home. —Chapter 14         

~Cats need exercise, just like dogs (and people). It is in their nature to run, jump, chase, hunt, and explore. For your indoor cat, you are responsible for providing their daily mental and physical workouts.  —Chapter 19

~According to studies, more cats are left-pawed than right. —Chapter 22

~A cat’s innate instinct can drive him away from unexpected noises as well as draw him back once the noise has ceased. The latter may be a result of that famous feline curiosity.  —Chapter 25

~The first cats to go home from any shelter are the youngest. Kittens are in high demand from pet lovers, but people should remember that kittens grow into cats very quickly, and the adoption must be for life.  —Chapter 26


And a few more from other books:

SHELTER STORIES

~Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate  and are ignored by many rescue groups because they are so hard to place? We don’t know if it’s superstition or merely because black isn’t as exciting to most people as the colors. Luckily a lot of cat people love black cats and go the extra mile for them. —Cat’s Paw, Chapter 20


CAT PEOPLE

~A Georgia family adopted a sweet white cat named Mr. Meowy from a local animal rescue group; the next day, Mr. Meowy returned the favor by saving the family’s home from going up in flames. —Copy Cats, Chapter 28


HEALTH & MEDICAL

~It is important that a cat doesn’t suddenly stop eating. In a very short time, the lack of food can start the body sending fat cells to the liver, causing it to become clogged and begin to fail. This is known as Fatty Liver Disease. —Copy Cats, Chapter 5

~Hydration is a key element of cat health. Have water bowls in multiple places throughout the house instead of only at the feeding station. Cats may be distracted by the food and neglect the water. —Copy Cats, Chapter 21

~First aid kits are as important for your cat as they are for you. When an accident happens, having the necessary information and supplies within easy reach may mean the difference between life and death. —Copy Cats, Chapter 19


HISTORY, MYTH & LORE

~In ancient Egypt, cats were important members of society. Because they controlled vermin, including snakes such as cobras, they were elevated to divinity. In the event of fire, men would stand guard to make sure no cats ran into the flames. When a cat died, its household would go into mourning, shaving their eyebrows to signify loss. Killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the harsh penalty of death. —Copy Cats, Chapter 27

~Cats are one of the oldest mammals on the earth. Fossils of African wild cats from as early as thirty eight million years ago have been found and documented. —Copy Cats, Chapter 24

~The British proverb, "Curiosity killed the cat" warns that being inquisitive may bring trouble. The rejoinder, "satisfaction brought it back", tells the rest of the story. Cats exist in a constant state of tension between caution and curiosity. As long as they don’t know, they will be drawn to discovery. Once knowing is achieved, the game is over and the cat can move on to something else. —Cat’s Paw, Chapter 1

~Some superstitions claims that a black cat crossing one’s path bodes bad luck, but the Scots look upon our black moggies differently. In Scotland, an unfamiliar cat of black coloration suddenly appearing at the front door is a sign of good fortune. —Cat’s Paw, Chapter 3


THE MYSTERIOUS FELINE

~Cats know when their people are feeling poorly and may volunteer as a companion, sleeping nearby until they are better. Some cats even sense when a person is about to die and remain close as they take their final journey. —Cat’s Paw, Chapter 28

~According to medical studies, petting a cat can reduce blood pressure, slow heart rate, and create feelings of well-being and comfort in their human companions. The low frequency vibration of a cat’s purr is said to induce bone growth, promote pain relief, and aid in the healing of tendons and muscles. —Cats’ Eyes, Chapter 12

~Cats can feel a change of weather. It may be that, with their superior senses, they pick up the smell of rain, the percussive vibration of thunder, or the shift in air pressure that signifies a coming storm. Or it may be another sense we humans know nothing about.  —Cosmic Cat, Chapter 12

I hope you find these tips interesting and useful. After all, for cat people, it’s all about cats!

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About Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie Hunt writes the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, and the Cat Seasons sci-fantasy tetralogy where cats save the world. She also pens a bit of cat poetry.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

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Cosmic Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery) by Mollie Hunt

About Cosmic Cat

 
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series  
Independently Published (September 28, 2019)  
Paperback: 306 pages 
When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag-- and a cat!
Who killed Captain Cat? His tribe wants to know.
When the Captain is murdered at Bridgetown Comic-con and philanthropist Esmae Westhouse is arrested for the crime, sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon steps out of her comfort zone and dons her Star Trek uniform to expose the real killer.
A decade-spanninglove triangle, a band of vigilante cosplayers, a shady pharmaceutical company,and an ancient black cat named Kitty tie into a puzzling plot that has Lynley running in all directions. The death of Captain Cat is only the beginning, and Lynley must stay one step ahead of a ruthless hit man if she is to make it out alive.

About Mollie Hunt


Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portlander Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award, and the 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019.
Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) is the first in her CAT SEASONS TETRALOGY where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tell Me No Lies - A Review & Giveaway

Review


TELL ME NO LIES by Shelley Noble
The Second Lady Dunbridge Mystery

Free of the constraints of British High Society Lady Philomena Dunbridge is happy with her new life in New York City. A late night turns into an early morning when her host of the night before arrives before breakfast requesting her help. Another guest has had an unfortunate "accident" and is dead. Thrilled to look into matters Phil soon determines the young man was murdered, and powers higher than expected want the matter closed. Bringing Detective Sergeant Atkins on board, Phil is determined to help, much to his annoyance. Along with her plucky maid and loyal butler, Phil will join the high society bankers, businessmen, and their families to discover just who killed the heir to the Fauks fortune.

TELL ME NO LIES is a delightful mystery set within the posh backdrop of Gilded Age New York. I adore Phil. Though she may be a Countess, and a dowager at that, Phil is down to earth and well able to mingle with all classes and values the importance of them all. She is shrewd, loyal, and discerning, while also being capable of great fun. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. Phil also knows her limitations and strives to learn more, but is well aware when she needs to bring in help. I'm almost as drawn to Mr. X as she is. I like that his identity is still a secret and am curious just how many players there are. Is he the one supporting her in her new mission? Or is he working for that party? And what of Detective Adkins? Whatever the case, I enjoy the romantic overtones both bring to the page. Lily and Preswick also bring a great deal to the page. They are not just devoted servants, they are family and I love that Phil realizes this. Just a Friend is a great addition to the team and I'm delighted that several of the colorful characters from the first book are not only back, but back to help!

The mystery itself in this second Lady Dunbridge Mystery was fascinating. Just why was the young heir killed? Revenge for past deeds, business gone bad, love turned sour? I was as much at a loss as Lady Dunbridge. The stock market, banking, economics, war, how do these matters fit in? Do they? Although a historical mystery the themes and issues are as relevant today as they were then and readers should take note.

TELL ME NO LIES is a historical novel that has it all, comedy, romance, an intricately laid mystery, well developed characters, and a thrilling chase scene! I wait in eager anticipation for Lady Dunbridge's next adventure!

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Tell Me No Lies: A Lady Dunbridge Novel by Shelley Noble

About Tell Me No Lies


Historical Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Forge Books (November 5, 2019)  
Hardcover: 368 pages 
Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.
Rise and shine, Countess, you’re about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement---and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

About Shelley Noble

 
Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction. (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach.) And the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series. She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont. (The Sudoku Murders, Celebration Bay mysteries, The Gilded Age Newport mysteries. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Threshold of Deceit - A Review

Review


THRESHOLD OF DECEIT by Carol Pouliot
The Second Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery

In 1934 the death of the local lothario leads Detective Steven Blackwall into another murder investigation. Could it have been an old girlfriend, an angry husband, or perhaps even his wife who finally had enough of Frankie Russo? Olivia Watson has her own mystery to solve when her elderly friend tells her she has a twin, one she never met, but hopes to find. As Blackwell and his team search for answers Steven and Olivia continue their experiments with time-travel. While Olivia and he have shared evenings together in their house, neither have left its apparent safety, or each other. Olivia is ready to step eighty years in the past and begins to walk the streets and interact with the people of 1934. Will Olivia find the missing sibling? Will Steven find the murderer?

An intricately plotted mystery is the highlight of THRESHOLD OF DECEIT. Lots of suspects and surprises along the way kept my interest piqued. I also appreciated the details included in the investigation, the process of which was fascinating, especially considering the differences police officers faced in 1934 as opposed to today.

Olivia plays a more important role, not only in Steven's life, but in the mystery itself in this second Blackwell and Watson Time Travel Mystery. No longer an interesting side note and a respite for a grieving detective, Olivia and her ideas and opinions have more significance. Her acceptance of the past and how she does her best to fit in is admirable as is her ability to still remain true to herself.

THRESHOLD OF DECEIT brings the past and present together in a unique mystery.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eggnog Latte Cupcakes - A Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper Recipe & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome D. E. Haggerty to Cozy Up With Kathy today. D. E. writes the Death by Cupcake Mystery series. Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is the fourth book in the series.



Eggnog Latte Cupcakes

These cupcakes are supposed to made with eggnog because – Christmas! I thought eggnog was going to be impossible to find in the Netherlands. I spent days researching a Dutch drink – Advocaat – to see if I could use it instead. But lo and behold, I found eggnog at the British/American store when I went to buy shortening. (I also found some candy I usually don’t eat and shouldn’t eat, but that’s a different story.)

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Eggnog Cupcakes

- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large egg whites at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg (I use speculaaskruiden, which has cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup eggnog
- 2 teaspoons water

For the espresso frosting

- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ cup shortening
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee
- 2-3 tablespoons eggnog

Directions

Make the Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius) and prepare a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

4. Add egg whites in two batches, mixing until well combined after each batch.

5. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt) in a separate bowl.

6. Combine the eggnog and water in a small cup.

7. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the eggnog mixture and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

8. Fill the cupcake liners about halfway. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.

9. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the frosting

10. Combine butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth.

11. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

12. Dissolve the powdered espresso in the hot water, then add about half of the espresso mixture to the frosting and mix until smooth.

13. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

14. Add the remaining espresso mixture and eggnog as needed and mix until you have the desired frosting consistency.

15. Decorate cupcakes with frosting as desired. As you can see from the picture, I do not excel at piping frosting.

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Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper (Death by Cupcake) by D.E. Haggerty

About Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper

 
Cozy Mystery Novella 4th in Series 
Independently Published (November 1, 2019)  
Number of Pages: 80 ASIN:
It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep.
Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t. Anna, the pink-haired baker extraordinaire of Callie’s Cakes, is convinced the student’s death was not an accident. She drags Callie and Kristie along with her as she attempts to discover who killed the elf … um… student.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the killer before Christmas is ruined?
Cupcakes not included, although you’ll find recipes for all the delicious Christmas cupcakes Anna baked.

About D.E. Haggerty


I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble. This book is the second in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery series and was released yesterday.

Free of the constraints of British High Society Lady Philomena Dunbridge is happy with her new life in New York City. A late night turns into an early morning when her host of the night before arrives before breakfast requesting her help. Another guest has had an unfortunate "accident" and is dead. Thrilled to look into matters Phil soon determines the young man was murdered, and powers higher than expected want the matter closed. Bringing Detective Sergeant Atkins on board, Phil is determined to help, much to his annoyance. Along with her plucky maid and loyal butler, Phil will join the high society bankers, businessmen, and their families to discover just who killed the heir to the Fauks fortune.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - A Legacy of Murder Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Kate Hamilton to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Kate on the pages of the Kate Hamilton Mystery series by Connie Berry. A LEGACY OF MURDER is the second book in the series and was released last month.


WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
By Kate Hamilton
from A LEGACY OF MURDER by Connie Berry

By the time you read this, I'll be in England—in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, to be exact. Why am I traveling to the British Isles in December? Good question. I should be working. The holidays are our busiest season at Antiques at the Falls, my shop in Jackson Falls, Ohio. And I should be home, baking cookies, stringing lights, and hanging ornaments on the eight-foot faux Fraser fir I bought last year after my real tree almost caught fire (a story for another time). Instead I'm off to spend a couple of weeks with my daughter, Christine. She's a student at Oxford University and has taken an internship between terms at Finchley Hall, a stately home, famous for the unearthing in 1818 of the Finchley Hoard, a magnificent collection of precious metals, decorative household objects, coins, and jewelry dating from Anglo-Saxon times until the Regency. I'm looking forward to seeing those treasures, of course, but mostly I'm looking forward to spending time with my daughter. We haven't always gotten along.


The mother/daughter thing isn't easy, is it? Especially for a widow. Three years ago my husband died—massive heart attack, completely out of the blue. Difficult at any stage of life, but especially when you're left to raise two teenagers. My son, Eric, wasn't the problem. He's always been easy-going, like his father. My daughter, on the other hand, isn't like either of us. In my darkest hours, I fear Christine takes after her Scottish aunt Elenor. Did I mention my husband was Scottish? He was born on the Isle of Glenroth in the Inner Hebrides and came to the States to study law at Case Western University near Cleveland. That's where we met. Anyway, Christine is a lot like his sister, Elenor—unpredictable, passionate, approaching life with the abandon of a runaway freight train. It was Elenor, who insisted I fly to Scotland last October—and then promptly got herself murdered, leaving me to defend the well-loved local handyman suspected of the crime. The only good thing that came out of it (besides finding the real killer) was meeting Tom Mallory, a vacationing detective inspector from Suffolk, England. He's the other reason I'm flying to England.


Am I ready for a new relationship? Not likely. All the men I've loved in my life have left me—my brother, Matt, who died of a genetic heart condition when I was five; my father, killed in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve when I was seventeen; my husband, Bill, who died three years ago when I was 43—all suddenly and without warning. I'm not about to risk loving someone else. How could I? Besides, Tom lives in England. I live in the States. He has a great job in the Suffolk Constabulary. I have my antiques shop.

Nevertheless, I'm still off in the morning. Two weeks with Christine and her über-hip boyfriend, Tristan. Time spent with a man I can never give my heart to—and his mother, who doesn't like Americans. And a fabulous treasure trove about to be exhibited publicly for the first time in two hundred years.

What could possibly go wrong?

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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.

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A Legacy of Murder: A Kate Hamilton Mystery by Connie Berry

About A Legacy of Murder


Traditional Mystery 2nd in Series  
Crooked Lane Books (October 8, 2019)  
Hardcover ~336 Pages
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.

About Connie Berry


Like her protagonist, Connie Berry was raised in the antiques trade. After teaching theology for twenty-five years, she took up writing mysteries featuring high-end antiques and the legacy of the past. Connie loves history, cute animals, travel with a hint of adventure, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable dog, Millie.  

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