A Curiously Embellished Casket (Book 1, working title)
Autumn has come and gone on Glenroth, an island in the Scottish Hebrides where, according to local legend, Bonnie Prince Charlie spent his final night before fleeing in disgrace to France. As the locals gather for the annual Tartan Ball, spirits are high. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small resort community. On the guest list is American antique dealer Kate Hamilton. Kate returns reluctantly to the scene of her husband’s premature death, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s deluxe country house hotel. When her sister-in-law is murdered, Kate is naturally devastated, but when the gentle handyman who tried to save her husband’s life becomes the prime suspect, Kate teams up with Tom Mallory, a vacationing Detective Inspector from Suffolk, England, to unmask a killer working from a playbook hidden for more than two centuries.
This portrait of Lady Selena Meade by the English artist Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830) is my idea of the perfect Regency heroine.
The Finchley Hoard (Book 2, in progress)
What could be lovelier than Christmas in England? American antique 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 a young woman is found on the estate, romance must take a back seat. Long Barston is on Tom Mallory’s patch, and Kate’s daughter is the prime suspect.
Murder at Fouroaks (Book 3, proposed)
American antique dealer Kate Hamilton has been invited to spend a blissful spring break at Fouroaks, the Devon estate of Detective Inspector Tom Mallory’s eccentric uncle Nigel Hartley, an eighty-year-old bachelor with a penchant for fast cars, French wine, and anything in a skirt. The estate is entailed on Tom’s cousin, an indolent ne’er-do-well. When the body of the nephew is found impaled on the Maypole, Kate is once again swept into a murder investigation. But this time Tom Mallory can’t help. He’s the prime suspect.