I received this book as a gift, and even though I have not read the first two, I jumped in on their recommendation. WOW – I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, Kate. The very light romance was handled perfectly. This intelligent woman was portrayed in such a manner that I seriously would like her as a neighbor or co-worker! In addition, the aspect of the antiques gave the book such a nice layer that I did a small dive into some of the more interesting artifacts. Woven in is a compelling legend from the area. It was very refreshing to see a character a lot closer to my age than most main female characters shown in the light of ability and professional respect yet still have a romance with a professional male character. Kudos to the author!
The author did a very nice job of giving just the right amount of details from Kate’s previous adventures to keep me in the know and not feeling like I had the whole picture.
Now I just need to find time to read the other books in this wonderful series!
In Connie Berry’s third Kate Hamilton mystery, American antique dealer Kate Hamilton’s spring is cut short when a body turns up at the May Fair pageant.
Spring is a magical time in England–bluebells massing along the woodland paths, primrose and wild thyme dotting the meadows. Antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is spending the month of May in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, enjoying precious time with Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. While attending the May Fair, the annual pageant based on a well-known Anglo-Saxon folktale, a body turns up in the middle of the festivities.
Kate is even more shocked when she learns the murder took place in antiquity shop owner Ivor Tweedy’s stockroom and a valuable Chinese pottery jar that she had been tasked with finding a buyer for has been stolen. Ivor may be ruined. Insurance won’t cover a fraction of the loss.
As Tom leads the investigation, Kate begins to see puzzling parallels between the murder and local legends. The more she learns, the more convinced she is that the solution to both crimes lies in the misty depths of Anglo-Saxon history and a generations-old pattern of betrayal. It’s up to Kate to unravel this Celtic knot of lies and deception to save Ivor’s business.