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Book Four: The Shadow of Memory
As Kate Hamilton plans her future with Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, she is also helping her colleague Ivor Tweedy organize an upcoming auction in a seaside village on the Suffolk coast. Netherfield Sanatorium, an abandoned Victorian insane asylum, is being converted into luxury townhouses, and Kate and Ivor have been asked to auction off a fine collection of antiques, including a fifteenth-century painting attributed to the Dutch master Jan Van Eyck. But when retired criminal inspector Will Parker is found dead, Kate discovers that the halls of the sanatorium housed much more than priceless art.
Kate is surprised to learn that Will Parker was her friend Vivian Bunn’s first boyfriend. They met in 1963 at a seaside holiday camp when, along with three other teens, they explored an abandoned house where two years earlier a local doctor and his wife had died under bizarre circumstances. Now, when a second member of the childhood gang dies unexpectedly—and then a third—it becomes clear the teens discovered more in the house than they realized.
What was the deadly truth they unwittingly found? Did Will Parker die in an attempt to warn his old love? When Kate makes a shocking connection between a sixty-year-old murder and the long-buried secrets of the sanatorium, she understands that time is running out for Vivian—and anyone connected to her.
Book Three: The Art of Betrayal
American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is spending the month of May in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, filling in at the antiquities shop owned by Ivor Tweedy. Kate is thrilled when a reclusive widow consigns a Chinese pottery jar dating from the Han dynasty. Ivor’s bank account needs an infusion of cash.
That evening Kate and Detective Inspector Tom Mallory gather with the villagers at the annual May Fair on the green. The final event, a pageant celebrating the legendary Green Maiden of Suffolk, is drawing to an end when a body turns up in the middle of medieval England. If that’s not shocking enough, the police find blood in Ivor’s shop and the valuable Chinese jar has gone missing.
As DI Mallory leads the investigation, Kate begins to see puzzling parallels between the crimes and the Green Maiden legend. The more she learns, the more convinced she becomes that the solution to the mystery lies in the murky depths of Anglo-Saxon history and a generations-old pattern of betrayal.
Book Two: A Legacy of Murder
What could be lovelier than Christmas in England? American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton arrives in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, dreaming of log fires, steaming wassail, and Tom Mallory, the detective inspector she met during a recent murder investigation in Scotland. Kate also looks forward to spending time with her daughter, Christine, an intern at Finchley Hall, famous for the unearthing in 1818 of a treasure trove known as The Finchley Hoard. But when the body of another intern is found on the estate, romance must take a back seat. Long Barston is on Tom Mallory’s patch, and the clues to the killer’s identity point backward more than four hundred years to a legacy of murder and a blood-red ruby ring.
Book One: A Dream of Death
Autumn has come and gone on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth, and the islanders gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Spirits are high. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small Hebridean resort community. On the guest list is American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton. Kate returns reluctantly to the island where her husband died, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s luxe country house hotel, famous for its connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie. The next morning a body is found, murdered in a reenactment of an infamous crime described in the novel. The Scottish police discount the historical connection, but when a much-loved local handyman is arrested, Kate teams up with a vacationing detective inspector from Suffolk, England, to unmask a killer working from a playbook hidden for more than two centuries.