A Dream of Death

Crooked Lane. (Kate Hamilton, Bk. 1). Apr. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781683319870. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683319887. M
OrangeReviewStarAntiques dealer Kate Hamilton hasn't been back to the Isle of Glenroth, Scotland, since her husband died there three years earlier. His sister, Elenor, begs her to come, saying she needs help. Kate arrives for the Tartan Ball at the hotel Elenor owns, but Elenor turns secretive and won't talk to her until after the ball. Too late: Elenor is dead the next day, killed in a style that replicates a 200-year-old unsolved murder. When Kate's husband's best friend Bo is arrested, she teams up with DI Tom Mallory, who's in Scotland on vacation. She's determined to prove Bo, who has a few disabilities, is incapable of killing anyone. Evidence piles up while romantic sparks fly between Kate and Tom.
VERDICT Newcomer Berry turns in well-written, intriguing debut mystery that combines history, an unforgettable setting, and mature, relatable characters in a story that blends an old island legend with a contemporary whodunit. It will appeal to readers of Paige Shelton's "Scottish Bookshop" series and Jane Cleland's antiques mysteries.
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