MYSTERY

A Legacy of Murder

Crooked Lane. (Kate Hamilton, Bk. 2). Oct. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781643851549. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781643851556. M
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American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton anticipates the holiday vibe in the village of Long Barston in Suffolk, England. She might miss Christmas itself, but she’ll have time with her daughter, Christine, who’s interning at a historic residence called Finchley Hall, on whose property Kate is staying. She also looks forward to reuniting with Tom Mallory, the detective inspector she met on vacation in Scotland a month earlier. But then a young boy finds a body in the lake, recalling a murder 23 years earlier. Both victims were interns working on an exhibit of the Finchley Hoard, a collection of treasures buried during a peasants’ revolt in 1546 and unearthed in 1818. Knowing Tom will be tied up with the investigation, Kate agrees to finish the plans for the exhibit. But a killer isn’t finished with Finchley Hall.
VERDICT The serious tone of the mystery is alleviated by the humor of an ongoing feud among local pubs in this second “Kate Hamilton” mystery (A Dream of Death). Readers will appreciate Kate’s growth as a character in this atmospheric story. Fans of Jane K. Cleland’s books featuring another antiques dealer involved with a police officer will want to try this series.

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