April 17, 2019

A Dream of Death by Connie Berry - Review and Giveaway


Book details
Traditional Mystery 1st in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (April 9, 2019) 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 1683319877 
ISBN-13: 978-1683319870 
Digital ASIN: B07H7P2KTS

Book description
On a remote Scottish island, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton wrestles with her own past while sleuthing a brutal killing, staged to recreate a two-hundred-year-old unsolved murder.

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.

Kate has hardly unpacked when the next morning a body is found, murdered in a reenactment of an infamous unsolved murder described in the novel—and the only clue to the killer’s identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket. 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 determined to rewrite island history—and Kate’s future.

Meet the author - Connie Berry
Like her main character, Connie Berry was raised by charmingly eccentric antique collectors who opened a shop, not because they wanted to sell antiques but because they needed a plausible excuse to keep buying them. Connie adores history, off-season foreign travel, cute animals, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable Shih Tzu, Millie. 

Author Links: 
Twitter @conniecberry 

My thoughts
I enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of dropping hints to make you think you could figure everything out, but I have a few things wrong.  I liked her writing style and thought it flowed nicely.  The characters were well developed and I look forward to getting to know them more in future books.  Of course I loved the setting of the book and liked how the author described things.  I think this was a good start to a new series. 


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  1. Thank you for your review on "A Dream of Death" by Connie Berry and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read. It's on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Thanks, Kay! I hope you like the story. And thank you, Angela, for the opportunity. I love the way you designed your blog and appreciate the kind words.