A Collection of Lies

Crooked Lane. (Kate Hamilton, Bk. 5). Jun. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781639106660. $31.99. M
Kate Hamilton and her husband, Tom Mallory, take a working honeymoon to Devon, England. Suffolk Constable Tom has a case from a private investigation firm, and he’s trying to decide if he wants to take early retirement and turn PI. A museum has received a donation of a bloodstained dress from 1885, whose provenance Kate and Tom plan to investigate to prove whether it belonged to lacemaker Nancy Thorne, who returned to her cottage covered in blood, but never explained what happened. Before they can dig into the history, the man who donated the dress is murdered. While Tom assists the Devon Constabulary, Kate investigates the history of the dress, assisted by a local librarian. It’s a complex case with entanglements involving the cold case, a village that disappeared, and a Romany family. All the threads will lead back to the donor of the dress and his killer.
VERDICT Berry’s fifth Kate Hamilton novel, following The Shadow of Memory, combines a cold case and contemporary murder in an outstanding traditional mystery. Fans of Kate Ellis and Jane K. Cleland will appreciate this book.
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