The Kate Hamilton Mystery Series
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.
This portrait of Lady Selena Meade by the English artist Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830) is my idea of the perfect Regency heroine.
Book Two: A Legacy of Murder (proposed title; coming in October of 2019)
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.
Book Three: The Cabinet of Curiosities (in progress)
Spring in England is a magical time–masses of bluebells on the woodland paths, cowslips and wild thyme in the meadows. American 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, and filling in at the antiquities shop owned by her friend, Ivor Tweedy, currently recovering from hip surgery. Kate is thrilled when a local widow consigns a very old and valuable Chinese vase, but when the vase goes missing and a body turns up in the shop’s back room, Kate finds herself on the trail of a missing daughter, a ruthless killer, and a centuries-old pattern of betrayal.
Book Four: Murder at Fouroaks
American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton has been invited to spend a blissful summer holiday at Fouroaks, the Devon estate of DI 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. Kate is a big hit with Uncle Nigel, but when a body turns up in the Great Hall, Kate is once again swept into a murder investigation. This time Tom Mallory can’t help. He’s a suspect.