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In Connie Berry’s fourth Kate Hamilton mystery, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. As Kate Hamilton plans her upcoming wedding to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, she is also assisting her colleague Ivor Tweedy with a project at the Netherfield Sanatorium, which is being converted into luxury townhouses. Kate and Ivor In Connie Berry’s fourth Kate Hamilton mystery, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. As Kate Hamilton plans her upcoming wedding to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, she is also assisting her colleague Ivor Tweedy with a project at the Netherfield Sanatorium, which is being converted into luxury townhouses. Kate and Ivor must appraise a fifteenth-century painting and verify that its provenance is the Dutch master Jan Van Eyck. But when retired criminal inspector Will Parker is found dead, Kate learns that the halls of the sanatorium housed much more than priceless art. Kate is surprised to learn that Will had been the first boyfriend of her friend Vivian Bunn, who hasn’t seen him in fifty-eight years. At a seaside holiday camp over sixty years ago, Will, Vivian, and three other teens broke into an abandoned house where a doctor and his wife had died under bizarre circumstances two years earlier. Now, when a second member of the childhood gang dies unexpectedly—and then a third—it becomes clear that the teens had discovered more in the house than they had realized. Had Will returned 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 suddenly understands that time is running out for Vivian—and anyone connected to her.


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In Connie Berry’s fourth Kate Hamilton mystery, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. As Kate Hamilton plans her upcoming wedding to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, she is also assisting her colleague Ivor Tweedy with a project at the Netherfield Sanatorium, which is being converted into luxury townhouses. Kate and Ivor In Connie Berry’s fourth Kate Hamilton mystery, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. As Kate Hamilton plans her upcoming wedding to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, she is also assisting her colleague Ivor Tweedy with a project at the Netherfield Sanatorium, which is being converted into luxury townhouses. Kate and Ivor must appraise a fifteenth-century painting and verify that its provenance is the Dutch master Jan Van Eyck. But when retired criminal inspector Will Parker is found dead, Kate learns that the halls of the sanatorium housed much more than priceless art. Kate is surprised to learn that Will had been the first boyfriend of her friend Vivian Bunn, who hasn’t seen him in fifty-eight years. At a seaside holiday camp over sixty years ago, Will, Vivian, and three other teens broke into an abandoned house where a doctor and his wife had died under bizarre circumstances two years earlier. Now, when a second member of the childhood gang dies unexpectedly—and then a third—it becomes clear that the teens had discovered more in the house than they had realized. Had Will returned 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 suddenly understands that time is running out for Vivian—and anyone connected to her.

30 review for The Shadow of Memory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Kate Hamilton is a visiting American antiques dealer currently living in Suffolk in the small village of Long Barston. A widow with two grown up children she has recently become engaged to Englishman DI Tom Mallory, but they have yet to work out the details of when and where they will marry and which country they will live in. In the meantime she is working at an antiques store for dealer Ivor Tweedy. He has recently been asked if they arrange an auction of some antiques belonging to Netherfield Kate Hamilton is a visiting American antiques dealer currently living in Suffolk in the small village of Long Barston. A widow with two grown up children she has recently become engaged to Englishman DI Tom Mallory, but they have yet to work out the details of when and where they will marry and which country they will live in. In the meantime she is working at an antiques store for dealer Ivor Tweedy. He has recently been asked if they arrange an auction of some antiques belonging to Netherfield Sanatorium, an old mental asylum which is being converted into deluxe apartments. The main feature of the auction is to be a painting by a Dutch master which should fetch millions once it’s been verified by experts. Taking a shortcut home with two friends after a Hen’s night, they stumble across a body of an elderly man in the cemetery. He’s later identified as a retired detective Will Parker, who was on his way to visit Kate’s elderly friend, Vivian Bunn. More than fifty years ago, Vivian and Will once spent a week together with their families at Hopley’s Holiday camp on the coast. With another three teenagers they broke into an empty house belonging to the Beaufoy family where both parents died suddenly and played at being sleuths, looking for clues and forming theories for what happened. Now someone is trying to find out what they learnt all those years ago. What follows is a good mystery entwining the deaths of the Beaufoy parents with past events at Netherfield. This is a very enjoyable cosy type mystery with Kate doing a lot of the sleuthing and the police jumping in when needed. There are a few interconnected mysteries to solve with quite a few twists and answers that take a while to become clear. I also enjoyed the cast of interesting characters and want to find out what happens to them next. Although this is the fourth book in the series, it’s the first I’ve read. I found it worked well as a stand alone with enough background about the characters to understand their history so far but I enjoyed it so much that I will definitely go back to read the series from the beginning so I can find out more about Kate and Tom and how they met. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley for a copy to read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The Kate Hamilton Mystery series is a great series of mysteries that is engaging and entertaining. The first story was set in Scotland while this one is set in Suffolk in the village of Long Barston. In this, the fourth story of the series, Kate and Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, who met in Scotland, have their upcoming wedding in their future. They have some decisions to make. Since she owns an antique shop in Ohio, and he works in Suffolk, they need to decide where to get married, where to l The Kate Hamilton Mystery series is a great series of mysteries that is engaging and entertaining. The first story was set in Scotland while this one is set in Suffolk in the village of Long Barston. In this, the fourth story of the series, Kate and Detective Inspector Tom Mallory, who met in Scotland, have their upcoming wedding in their future. They have some decisions to make. Since she owns an antique shop in Ohio, and he works in Suffolk, they need to decide where to get married, where to live, and to set a date for the wedding. This is running in the background as Kate has a mystery that she is working on. A body is found near the cottage where she lives with an older woman, Vivian. The body turns out to be an acquaintance of Vivian's from near sixty years ago, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of a long-ago mystery that has surfaced again. This is a mystery that had me caught up right away with its twists, turns, and multilayers. I enjoyed the setting and the well-developed and interesting characters. Outstanding story! Highly recommend! I received a complimentary ARC from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All thoughts are mine only

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Kate Hamilton and her fiancé, Tom Mallory, are trying to plan their wedding, but having difficulty making decisions. Meanwhile, Kate and her colleague, Ivor, are asked to sell a painting that might be several centuries old. Something about it seems off to Kate, however. Then there’s the murder in Kate’s village with ties to a friend of hers. Kate begins to think these events are connected, but can she prove it? There is a lot going on here, but I never had trouble following the story at all. I’m Kate Hamilton and her fiancé, Tom Mallory, are trying to plan their wedding, but having difficulty making decisions. Meanwhile, Kate and her colleague, Ivor, are asked to sell a painting that might be several centuries old. Something about it seems off to Kate, however. Then there’s the murder in Kate’s village with ties to a friend of hers. Kate begins to think these events are connected, but can she prove it? There is a lot going on here, but I never had trouble following the story at all. I’m impressed with how everything comes together at the end without dropping any of the plot points along the way. The characters we already know are wonderful, and it is great to see their relationships growing. The new characters feel real, even though they don’t get that much page time. This book is on the more serious side of the cozy spectrum, but that’s just an observation, not a warning. I was actually frustrated that life kept getting in the way of my reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Fans will be pleased. If that isn’t you yet, start this series today. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    While I liked Connie Berry’s The Art of Betrayal, I loved the fourth in her Kate Hamilton series, The Shadow of Memory. The traditional mystery is carefully plotted, and all the pieces fit together beautifully. The characters, the antiques, and the setting always make Berry’s series shine. This time, though, the mystery is skillfully woven into a seamless story with nothing forgotten. Kate Hamilton is an American antiques dealer, a widow, who is now engaged to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory with While I liked Connie Berry’s The Art of Betrayal, I loved the fourth in her Kate Hamilton series, The Shadow of Memory. The traditional mystery is carefully plotted, and all the pieces fit together beautifully. The characters, the antiques, and the setting always make Berry’s series shine. This time, though, the mystery is skillfully woven into a seamless story with nothing forgotten. Kate Hamilton is an American antiques dealer, a widow, who is now engaged to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory with the Suffolk, England, police force. During her short time in Suffolk she’s made friends, including the group of women who attend Angela Vine’s full-day hen party before her upcoming marriage to the local vicar. After dinner, Kate walks home with two of those women, and finds a man’s body in the graveyard. Close by, she finds a paper with the name and address for one of those friends, Vivian Bunn. It’s not obvious how the man died, but even Tom assumes it was a natural death. When Vivian learns the man’s name, she recognizes it. Will Parker might have been a retired police detective, but Vivian remembers him as her first romance. She was only seventeen, and spent a summer week with her parents at Hopley’s Camp. Why was a retired CID detective looking for her fifty-years later? Despite finding the body, Kate has business to handle. She accompanies Ivor Tweedy, a local dealer in fine antiques, and the owner of The Cabinet of Curiosities, to a former Victorian hospital, Netherfield Sanatorium. The current board is turning the hospital into townhouses and flats, and they want some antiques appraised. They hope Ivor can sell an oil painting for them, a previously unknown piece by fifteenth century Dutch master Jan van Eyck. But, something about the painting feels wrong to Kate, and she and Ivor insist that the piece be authenticated. It’s only when Tom informs Kate and Vivian of the unusual reason for Will Parker’s death that Vivian starts to reveal more about the summer she was seventeen. The five teens that ran around together built a murder case involving an abandoned house. Will put the case together. As the police reveal more about Will’s death and his recent life, Vivian weaves a mysterious story of the past and five teens. Five teens who are now all seniors. Kate mourns Will’s death. “Sad as it was, elderly people died all the time. Except this one had died alone in a graveyard in a strange village. And I’d found him.” But, she’ll have more worries when she learns Vivian’s memories of Hopley’s Camp lead to Miracle-on-Sea, the village where Netherfield Sanatorium is located. Berry’s beautifully developed cast of characters, includes one the reader only meets over the phone. Kate’s beloved mother is her advisor and mentor. Kate and Tom are two mature characters hoping to make a life together. But, they both come with adult children, parents, and history that they need to learn to merge. She’s built a fascinating support group of characters. I won’t spoil this complex puzzle with more description. The Shadow of Memory is an intriguing mystery with roots in the past. What can I add to a storyline that includes a former sanatorium, an abandoned house, a historical art piece, and a mystery that’s over fifty years old? Maybe, I’ll just say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Could a murder from 60 years ago when Will, Vivian, and other friends were teenagers resurface and have them in danger? Will was murdered as he was on his way to see Vivian, but no one is really sure what he was going to tell her. Vivian's friend Kate finds out from Will's son that he had received a package that contained a piece he used when they played Cluedo those sixty years ago. Vivian remembered they each had a game piece. Kate is an art dealer and very interested in the 60-year-old murder si Could a murder from 60 years ago when Will, Vivian, and other friends were teenagers resurface and have them in danger? Will was murdered as he was on his way to see Vivian, but no one is really sure what he was going to tell her. Vivian's friend Kate finds out from Will's son that he had received a package that contained a piece he used when they played Cluedo those sixty years ago. Vivian remembered they each had a game piece. Kate is an art dealer and very interested in the 60-year-old murder since a few other friends received packages with game pieces. This means danger for Vivian and the other friends. Vivian isn't sure how to get in touch with all the other teenage friends, though, but someone does. Knowing Will was murdered after receiving that package and that others received packages too made Kate and Vivian nervous. Another question and perhaps a problem is if a painting Kate is determining its value for may be connected to the murder as well as the person who bought Monkey Puzzle House. Why would someone want to restore a house where a murder took place? Are they looking for clues as they tear the place apart and murdering those who knew something from 60 years ago? This was my first book by Miss Barry and the first time I met Kate as a recurring character. An enjoyable, non-violent mystery with very likable characters and a wonderful lesson about paintings, understanding how to determine their worth, and learning how they could be forged. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    I started reading The Shadow of Memory on a sizzling hot day in May and in minutes, I was whisked away to Long Barston, Suffolk, England on a cold night as Kate Hamilton (an American antiques dealer) and her dear friend Vivian Bunn (a retired secretary) find themselves in a graveyard with a problem. A dead man, that they later discover is a childhood friend of Vivian who she hasn't seen in many years. Kate is determined to find the murderer before Vivian becomes the next victim. Connie Berry has I started reading The Shadow of Memory on a sizzling hot day in May and in minutes, I was whisked away to Long Barston, Suffolk, England on a cold night as Kate Hamilton (an American antiques dealer) and her dear friend Vivian Bunn (a retired secretary) find themselves in a graveyard with a problem. A dead man, that they later discover is a childhood friend of Vivian who she hasn't seen in many years. Kate is determined to find the murderer before Vivian becomes the next victim. Connie Berry has a true gift of creating characters who are so "real" that the reader feels as if they are right there sleuthing and has wonderful and cozy descriptions of the English countryside, townfolk and food that add to the enjoyment of the mystery. In this book, not only is Kate sleuthing, but she and her fiance, DI Tom Mallory are planning their upcoming wedding. I enjoy seeing Kate in all her roles - mother, amateur sleuth, antiques dealer, fiancee and loyal friend. The fact that Kate is somewhere in her 40's also makes the character relatable and fun. Kate is level-headed, smart, kind and has a great sense of humor. The supporting characters are well-written and you'll grow fond of them - especially Lady Barbara and Vivian. The Shadow of Memory is another winner in the Kate Hamilton series! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    When an arc was offered, returning to Long Barston, Suffolk, England with Kate Hamilton made complete sense. I loved the small town atmosphere with returning characters from previous stories. They were a quirky bunch of people. The suspense surrounding a painting and murder grasped my curiosity from the get-go and, of course, there was Tom, the local CI and Kate’s fiancee. Patient, and kind yet assertive when needed to be, he was the yang to Kate’s yin. Their friends felt like family now. Kate’s When an arc was offered, returning to Long Barston, Suffolk, England with Kate Hamilton made complete sense. I loved the small town atmosphere with returning characters from previous stories. They were a quirky bunch of people. The suspense surrounding a painting and murder grasped my curiosity from the get-go and, of course, there was Tom, the local CI and Kate’s fiancee. Patient, and kind yet assertive when needed to be, he was the yang to Kate’s yin. Their friends felt like family now. Kate’s involvement with Ivor, using her experience with selling antiques, was more than a partnership. I liked the little guy with his quizzing and memories. Vivian mothered Kate and sometimes for very good reasons. When Vivian’s flame from years ago was found murdered, Kate and Tom were there to help. There was a large pool of possible criminals; it was up to Tom with his vast experience and Kate, the amateur sleuth, to solve the case. I am looking forward to their wedding and whatever else is in store for them in the near future. Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and Connie Berry for sending me this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Nothing like opening a book with a dead body in a cemetery. Sure, that’s where you normally find them, but this one is above ground, and turns out to be a visitor to the area. First order of business is determining who he is and then, how he died. These are the questions that open The Shadow of Memory, the fourth book in the Kate Hamilton series by Connie Berry. As the book begins, Kate and Vivian, with whom she is staying for her visit in England, are walking through the cemetery when they disc Nothing like opening a book with a dead body in a cemetery. Sure, that’s where you normally find them, but this one is above ground, and turns out to be a visitor to the area. First order of business is determining who he is and then, how he died. These are the questions that open The Shadow of Memory, the fourth book in the Kate Hamilton series by Connie Berry. As the book begins, Kate and Vivian, with whom she is staying for her visit in England, are walking through the cemetery when they discover the body. The question of his identity is soon answered, and creates more questions for Vivian. Apparently he is Will Parker, a retired CID officer. More importantly, he spent a week-long holiday exploring with Vivian and three other teens when they were on vacation at a holiday park almost 70 years ago.. He and Vivian had a mild summer romance, but lost touch when they left the holiday park. Now, questions arise as to why he was visiting her village. Kate suspects the man was murdered and is eventually proved correct. That doesn’t explain his presence nor does it explain the scrap of paper in his pocket with Vivian’s name on it. Kate pushes Tom, her police detective fiance, to investigate and it is discovered that while Will died as a result of an allergy to bee venom, it may have been manufactured rather than naturally occuring. As Kate begins to investigate, it becomes apparent Will’s visit was associated with the case the teens were investigating while they were at the holiday camp. Although the case has been ruled a suicide, the teens discovered several “clues” Will thought possibly important. At the end of the week, they put all their clues in a metal box which Will hid and now it appears someone in the present is wanting to find that box, although no one knows why. When the box is found, there appears to be nothing of importance in it, leaving everyone even more confused. It is not practical, or possible, for Tom to reopen the cold case from so long ago that intrigued the group of teens. Kate, however, is not sure the coroner’s judgement of suicide was correct and she begins her own investigation. She and Vivian contact others who might have information regarding the old cold case. As they investigate, they learn several of the former teen group have recently died and now they want to know if those deaths were natural or if someone is killing members of the old group. As Kate pursues answers to what took place, she is also working with Ivor, an antiques dealer, to appraise the value of items a group wants to put up for sale to raise funds for a reconstruction project. Included in these items is a painting that, if genuine, is worth several million pounds. The group, and the painting have some threads linking them to Kate’s other investigation, and the more she investigates the more convinced she becomes that the two cases are connected. Throughout this mystery are several on-going relationship stories that have been part of the previous books; including Kate and Tom’s relationship, how Ivor and Kate came to work together, and other issues affecting residents of the village. If you are a reader who prefers to follow along as relationships develop, you may prefer to read the series in order starting with the first book. Ms. Berry provides some explanation of how relationships have evolved in this novel, but not to the depth she does in the previous books . The mystery itself begins and ends in this book, so if you just want a good, cozy mystery that is well paced and plotted, it is easy to enjoy this it as a stand alone. The characters are well developed, the village is charming, and the entire story moves at a good pace. I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me an advance copy for this review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I have enjoyed each book in this series and each one seems to have evolved in terms of character development and quality of the mystery. American widow Kate Hamilton is living in England and has become engaged to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. But, as is wont to happen, Kate discovers a body and finds herself involved in parallel mysteries: Is a supposed masterpiece a forgery? Who is killing seniors who are connected by an investigation into poisonings from 60 years ago? But are the mysteries I have enjoyed each book in this series and each one seems to have evolved in terms of character development and quality of the mystery. American widow Kate Hamilton is living in England and has become engaged to Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. But, as is wont to happen, Kate discovers a body and finds herself involved in parallel mysteries: Is a supposed masterpiece a forgery? Who is killing seniors who are connected by an investigation into poisonings from 60 years ago? But are the mysteries really parallel or do they intersect? And, will Kate and Tom be able to connect the dots and save the life of Kate's friend Vivian who was part of the the group of teenagers who tried to make sense of those long ago poisonings? Along the way, Kate interacts with her English "family" of friends and her mother-in-law to be who is less than welcoming to her soon to be daughter-in-law. All in all, a fun and entertaining read with lots of twists and turns. Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I have been captivated by Connie Berry's traditional mystery series, Kate Hamilton Mysteries, but the fourth book, The Shadow of Memory, has stolen my heart. Just as the mystery evokes memories for Vivian, it reminds me of my teen years and how focus we were on our world and our own concerns. The fact that death closely touches this dear character makes the whole book touch my heart. Soon after Kate and Vivian come across a body in a cemetery, they learn that the victim is an old crush from Vivi I have been captivated by Connie Berry's traditional mystery series, Kate Hamilton Mysteries, but the fourth book, The Shadow of Memory, has stolen my heart. Just as the mystery evokes memories for Vivian, it reminds me of my teen years and how focus we were on our world and our own concerns. The fact that death closely touches this dear character makes the whole book touch my heart. Soon after Kate and Vivian come across a body in a cemetery, they learn that the victim is an old crush from Vivian's youth and that the death may be connected to a contract that Ivor has signed with a museum that had once been an asylum. I am thrilled to see Kate and Tom progress with their plans in spite of his mother! They make a wonderful couple. My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read an ARC of The Shadow of Memory, a truly awesome cozy mystery! It is a one of those special books that I couldn't put down until my eyes wouldn't stay open another minute.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LittleRead

    Kate Hamilton is still working with Ivor Tweedy and they have a large opportunity to work with the developers and board of an old sanitarium being rehabbed into luxury residences. They have been asked to sell some antiques and a very valuable painting from an old master. Kate’s inner sensors tell her something is off, she just has no idea just how off it is. Until Kate connects the murder of a man she found to her roommate and the old sanitarium. As old friends from Vivian’s youth keep dying, Kat Kate Hamilton is still working with Ivor Tweedy and they have a large opportunity to work with the developers and board of an old sanitarium being rehabbed into luxury residences. They have been asked to sell some antiques and a very valuable painting from an old master. Kate’s inner sensors tell her something is off, she just has no idea just how off it is. Until Kate connects the murder of a man she found to her roommate and the old sanitarium. As old friends from Vivian’s youth keep dying, Kate and Tom worry for Vivian’s safety. Now they have to figure out who’s behind the murders before Vivian joins her old friends in the hereafter. Connie Berry always knocks it out of the ballpark with each and every release. With well developed characters that you come to think of as friends, you’ll be ready to join them in each and every whodunit that is released. Well done!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Kate Hamilton Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 5/10/22 Period: Contemporary Suffolk, England Number of Pages: 352 When the past comes back to haunt us, it can leave a twisted trail of dead bodies. American antiques dealer, Kate Hamilton, and her friend Vivian Bunn are returning home from a ‘Hen Party’ when they discover a man’s body. The man is a stranger in their quiet village of Long Barston because nobody recognizes him. So, why is he lying dead on a pathway in Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Kate Hamilton Mysteries #4 Publication Date: 5/10/22 Period: Contemporary Suffolk, England Number of Pages: 352 When the past comes back to haunt us, it can leave a twisted trail of dead bodies. American antiques dealer, Kate Hamilton, and her friend Vivian Bunn are returning home from a ‘Hen Party’ when they discover a man’s body. The man is a stranger in their quiet village of Long Barston because nobody recognizes him. So, why is he lying dead on a pathway in their cemetery? He’s in his seventies, maybe he had a heart attack – or not. When Kate’s fiancée, DCI Tom Mallory shows up to investigate, they can’t find any identification on the man, nor any sign of his car. Yet, the autopsy shows he died from a bee sting – natural causes then – or not. While Tom is busy investigating the man’s death, Kate and local fine antiques dealer Ivor Tweedy head to the coast to do some appraisals and perhaps secure a commission to auction off some of those antiques – including an almost priceless painting. Unless that painting is really genuine – or is it? When the body is identified as someone who had been a friend of Vivian’s sixty years ago, Kate and Vivian want to know more about him and why he was in Long Barston. Over sixty years ago, a teenage Vivian and her family spent time at a coastal resort each summer. There, Vivian, along with four other friends, discovered an abandoned house that appeared to be the scene of a crime. The friends went back to the home several times collecting ‘evidence’ and trying to deduce what had happened. Vivian had a crush on the boy who had found the abandoned house and who acted as their leader. Vivian had never forgotten him – and now – he was lying dead in the local morgue. As Kate begins to try to learn more about the man, she learns that others from that group have just recently met their end. Could all of those current deaths be related to the events of sixty years ago? They were just kids – and they certainly didn’t learn anything – why would someone be coming after them now? Kate didn’t know, but she did know she had to keep Vivian safe. Tom and Kate are trying to plan their wedding and decide where they’ll live – in the US or England – while also trying to solve the many mysteries that are cropping up in this case. I can highly recommend this read. The characters are so very likable and I’ve come to love them as I’ve learned more about them. I love that Tom and Kate are older and have an appreciation for the life they have and the love they now share. You’ll love the mystery because it really is filled with twists and turns and you won’t guess the culprit until the end. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of mystery, murder, relationships and good old-fashioned policing and sleuthing then The Shadow of Memory by Connie Berry is a must-read for you! It’s August and independent and level-headed American antique dealer Kate Hamilton who has a degree in Brish history is back, along with DI Tom Mallory, in this fabulous continuation of a brilliant series! Kate, who is in her mid-forties is planning her wedding to Tom and the If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of mystery, murder, relationships and good old-fashioned policing and sleuthing then The Shadow of Memory by Connie Berry is a must-read for you! It’s August and independent and level-headed American antique dealer Kate Hamilton who has a degree in Brish history is back, along with DI Tom Mallory, in this fabulous continuation of a brilliant series! Kate, who is in her mid-forties is planning her wedding to Tom and the two, who met in Scotland are in the Suffolk village of Long Barston. Kate is helping the owner of The Cabinet of Curiosities, her friend Ivor Tweedy, with the Netherfield Sanatorium project (Netherfield was a lunatic asylum), consisting of a conversion to townhouses. They are appraising a particular painting by Jan Van Eyck, reported to be an original and therefore worth a lot of money. Kate and her friend, Vivian Bunn are on an outing along with some other friends for a hen party and at 9.30 pm Kate leaves, cutting across the Rectory graveyard on her way home. She spies a purple sock attached to a leg. It belongs to a dead older man. This traditional mystery plot was very appealing to me in many ways. There were elements of history, a large bunch of colourful characters, and a fantastic setting in the English countryside. The whodunnit mystery contained red herrings that threw me off the scent and would satisfy many an armchair detective. Connie Berry’s knowledge of antiques was admirable and she clearly knew her subject matter very well. I found that this novel was suspenseful enough to keep my level of interest high and I wanted to keep reading just one more page. All in all, The Shadow of Memory was a brilliant addition to marvellous, compulsive series and it was the perfect book to curl up with on a balmy evening. I am already looking forward to reading the next instalment. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This was the best of the series - I enjoyed every second of this book [even with a narrator that apparently doesn't know how to speak and pronounces words in ways that have never been pronounced ever before] and the mystery it presents. Kate and Tom and the supporting characters [we spend the most time this book with Vivian and some of the most hilarious laugh-out-loud moments in the book came with her in the scene] are just fantastic [with the exception of Tom's mother - as someone who had a pa This was the best of the series - I enjoyed every second of this book [even with a narrator that apparently doesn't know how to speak and pronounces words in ways that have never been pronounced ever before] and the mystery it presents. Kate and Tom and the supporting characters [we spend the most time this book with Vivian and some of the most hilarious laugh-out-loud moments in the book came with her in the scene] are just fantastic [with the exception of Tom's mother - as someone who had a particularly nasty MIL, I totally and completely feel for Kate, but I am grateful that in this book that she has someone who supports her and loves her 100%; I am grateful to the author for how well she writes this particular story-line] and I love spending time with all of them. This time out, there is a mystery within a mystery and I found myself so focused on the one [that I ended up being correct about] that I missed ALLLLLL the signals for the second one and therefore was shocked when the reveal happened. And what a reveal it was. WHOOSH. It really made the whole book come together so well and it was very satisfying. I am so glad that I found this series; it has been nothing short of really great reads for me. Well done. Thank you to NetGalley, Connie Berry, and Crooked Lane Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    O Prism

    Excellent mystery series! I didn’t realize this book was part of a series, because it read so well as a stand alone book. A sanitarium being re-worked into new luxury condos, What could possibly go wrong? A lot, apparently! Kate Hamilton is an American widowed antique dealer, gone to England to help verify a priceless painting. She is also engaged to an English DI, with complications on where to live afterwards, as both have grown children. There are corpses, finding out many things are not as t Excellent mystery series! I didn’t realize this book was part of a series, because it read so well as a stand alone book. A sanitarium being re-worked into new luxury condos, What could possibly go wrong? A lot, apparently! Kate Hamilton is an American widowed antique dealer, gone to England to help verify a priceless painting. She is also engaged to an English DI, with complications on where to live afterwards, as both have grown children. There are corpses, finding out many things are not as they appear to be, and sneaky and twisted characters who do their best to thwart her efforts. Add in a mother-in-law to be who appears to hate her guts, and you’re going down an entertaining road of mystery and thrills and fascinating characters. Everyone gets their due at the end. If you like mysteries and antiqued antics, you will enjoy this book. Now to go back and read the rest of the series. Thank you to Connie Berry, Netgalley, and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Another wonderful mystery where I learn so much about life in England and antiques. The appraisal of the painting was so fascinating! The mystery itself, really two in one with the one that happened in the past, held my interest and I didn’t want to stop reading to see what happened next. Bonus points for finally resolving the question of where they will live after they get married. I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Van Kirk

    The Shadow of Memory is the fourth book in the series by Connie Barry, and I've enjoyed each book. In this latest mystery, Kate Hamilton, American antiques appraiser, is engaged to her detective love, Tom, and she's working for Ivor Tweedy in his antiques shop. When the two of them are called on to appraise a painting by Jan Van Eyck for a group of investors who plan to turn the Netherfield Sanitorium into luxury townhouses, Kate is skeptical about whether the painting is genuine. This begins an The Shadow of Memory is the fourth book in the series by Connie Barry, and I've enjoyed each book. In this latest mystery, Kate Hamilton, American antiques appraiser, is engaged to her detective love, Tom, and she's working for Ivor Tweedy in his antiques shop. When the two of them are called on to appraise a painting by Jan Van Eyck for a group of investors who plan to turn the Netherfield Sanitorium into luxury townhouses, Kate is skeptical about whether the painting is genuine. This begins an amazing story about the past of the hospital and a murder that occurred in the family of one of its doctors. Many aspects of the past spill over into the present day as several murders occur. It's lovely to return to Long Barston in Suffolk, England as we also look in on some twists and turns in Kate and Tom's relationship. With their marriage on the horizon, they must decide where they will live in the future--England or America--and what they will do with Tom's disapproving mother. I enjoyed Barry's story that had great pacing, charming characters, and relatable villains. She is fast becoming one of my favorite mystery writers. The village beckons in each story and it feels like coming home to a familiar place. Both the plots and subplots are filled with difficult ethical decisions, and the clues are well-placed. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read this mystery pre-publication.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I really love this series. I’m enjoying the progression of Kates relationship with Tom. I really like the characters and I’m a sucker for anything set in England. Mystery, a dash of romance and an English setting, what more can you ask for? I can’t wait to read the next one in this series and see what further adventures await Kate and Tom.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Little Forest Library

    The authentication of a Dutch masterpiece and a cold case investigation at a notorious historic home interconnect in Connie Berry's fourth Kate Hamilton mystery. As she prepares for her upcoming wedding to DI Tom Mallory, antiques-appraiser Kate Hamilton and her associate Ivor Tweedy are asked to authenticate a fifteenth-century painting, Christ Healing the Demoniac, by Dutch master Jan Van Eyck. The painting resides at the Cliff House, a former sanatorium currently under renovations to become l The authentication of a Dutch masterpiece and a cold case investigation at a notorious historic home interconnect in Connie Berry's fourth Kate Hamilton mystery. As she prepares for her upcoming wedding to DI Tom Mallory, antiques-appraiser Kate Hamilton and her associate Ivor Tweedy are asked to authenticate a fifteenth-century painting, Christ Healing the Demoniac, by Dutch master Jan Van Eyck. The painting resides at the Cliff House, a former sanatorium currently under renovations to become luxury flats. When Kate and her friend Vivian Bunn stumble across a man's body in the graveyard and the man has Vivian's name and address written on a piece of paper beside him, the plot thickens. The dead man is none other than Will Parker, a now-retired detective and Vivian's childhood sweetheart, whom she hasn't seen in decades, not since her family vacationed at a seaside camp near the notorious Monkey Puzzle House, where a doctor and his wife died mysteriously two years earlier. Vivian reports that one night, she, Will, and three other teenagers broke into the Monkey Puzzle House and, finding it just as it was the night of the mysterious deaths, decided to form their own investigation. Now, sixty years later, Will is dead, and someone seems to be targeting the other members of their teenage detective group, Vivian included. This was an excellent mystery with a complex plot, full of twists, turns, and misdirection. I particularly enjoyed the art-authentication aspects of the story and seeing whether or not the Van Eyck painting would interconnect with the Monkey Puzzle House mystery from the early 1960s. In addition, Kate, Tom, and their relationship are given good character development as they plan their wedding, where they would like to live in the future, and how to deal with Tom's demanding mother. I haven't read the first three mysteries in this series, but now I would like to go back and do so. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books, and author Connie Berry for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margie Bunting

    Connie Berry's Kate Hamilton Mysteries have become one of my favorite series. Although I haven't yet received the third book from the library, I went ahead and read the fourth, and I think it's the best one yet! The author knows just how to set the scene so that you can see the characters and venues clearly in your mind, but she doesn't go overboard with description. She puts Kate, an American antiques dealer, in situations in the UK that challenge her and are at least tangentially related to an Connie Berry's Kate Hamilton Mysteries have become one of my favorite series. Although I haven't yet received the third book from the library, I went ahead and read the fourth, and I think it's the best one yet! The author knows just how to set the scene so that you can see the characters and venues clearly in your mind, but she doesn't go overboard with description. She puts Kate, an American antiques dealer, in situations in the UK that challenge her and are at least tangentially related to antiques, and she lays out plots that contain layers of clues and information that are easy to follow but fascinating and sometimes heart-stopping. There is no grisly violence, but there are surprises that stopped me in my tracks--twice! I couldn't believe what I was reading, although it didn't seem that it was random or unconvincing. This story starts with a priceless painting that may or may not be authentic and a group of men who are renovating a former mental hospital into expensive living spaces. But when a former boyfriend of Kate's elderly friend is found dead, the story of a group of teenagers at a resort sixty years ago and their exploration of a house where murders had apparently occurred becomes a second compelling plot that Kate's detective boyfriend must investigate, with her help. I highly recommend this superior series. My review is based on a complimentary pre-release copy of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    A delightful mystery. The Kate Hamilton Mysteries have become one of my favorite mystery series. It is filled with good storytelling and engaging and real characters. No one is overly sugary or a caricature of a villain. In this latest installment, Kate is walking home from a bachelorette party when she finds a dead body and the name of a friend on a slip nearby. Soon Kate discovers a series of deaths of people tied to a childhood game played about 60 years before have all occurred within a coup A delightful mystery. The Kate Hamilton Mysteries have become one of my favorite mystery series. It is filled with good storytelling and engaging and real characters. No one is overly sugary or a caricature of a villain. In this latest installment, Kate is walking home from a bachelorette party when she finds a dead body and the name of a friend on a slip nearby. Soon Kate discovers a series of deaths of people tied to a childhood game played about 60 years before have all occurred within a couple of weeks of each other. Is it murder or just a strange coincidence? Kate must hurry to discover the truth before a dear friend just becomes another “accidental” death. Berry has deftly written a cold case story that has ties to the present day in a way that makes sense without stretching the bonds of credulity. The personal relationships, with triumphs and conflicts, adds warmth to the story. There are plenty of surprise twists that keep the story interesting to the end. Enjoy a quality mystery series. I know I have. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins

    The Shadow of Memory the 4th instalment in the “A Kate Hamilton Mystery” series by Connie Berry. This can be read as a stand-alone but I find its always better to read in order. American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. I loved visiting the village of Long Barstow in Suffolk again, and hanging out with Kate, Vivian, Tom and Ivor. Protagonist Kate is level headed, kind hearted and very talented at seeing little details and putting clues together to The Shadow of Memory the 4th instalment in the “A Kate Hamilton Mystery” series by Connie Berry. This can be read as a stand-alone but I find its always better to read in order. American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton uncovers a dark secret buried in Victorian England. I loved visiting the village of Long Barstow in Suffolk again, and hanging out with Kate, Vivian, Tom and Ivor. Protagonist Kate is level headed, kind hearted and very talented at seeing little details and putting clues together to solve crimes. I enjoyed the ending of the story but wont give out any spoilers. I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting. I did not suspect the killer until Kate did, there were lots of twists and turns to keep me absorbed in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good traditional British cozy mystery with a historical background. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    The Shadow of Memory by Connie Berry is part of the Kate Hamilton Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. This is a well-plotted mystery. The pieces fit together as the reader twists and turns through the story. This is a complex puzzle that left me guessing until the very end. I won’t spoil it, but I was surprised. Connie Berry’s cast of characters is what makes this story shine. Even without having read the previous stories, Kate seems to have interesting and compelling character develop The Shadow of Memory by Connie Berry is part of the Kate Hamilton Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. This is a well-plotted mystery. The pieces fit together as the reader twists and turns through the story. This is a complex puzzle that left me guessing until the very end. I won’t spoil it, but I was surprised. Connie Berry’s cast of characters is what makes this story shine. Even without having read the previous stories, Kate seems to have interesting and compelling character development over this story. The supporting cast of characters were richly developed as well, creating a very character driven mystery. This is my first read from Connie Berry and it won’t be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more. Thank you to Kaye Publicity and the author for the ARC copy to review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emilya Naymark

    This book starts out with a mystery in the very first sentence and doesn’t stop. I loved the sense of place here. I could feel the cold English countryside, see it, smell the cozy meals and teas the heroine enjoyed. It was absolutely wonderful to experience that. The novel is a traditional cozy mystery, and as such not too dark, which I really appreciated. I haven’t read the first three in this series, but didn’t feel this was a problem. Kate Hamilton felt a real and rounded character, an indepe This book starts out with a mystery in the very first sentence and doesn’t stop. I loved the sense of place here. I could feel the cold English countryside, see it, smell the cozy meals and teas the heroine enjoyed. It was absolutely wonderful to experience that. The novel is a traditional cozy mystery, and as such not too dark, which I really appreciated. I haven’t read the first three in this series, but didn’t feel this was a problem. Kate Hamilton felt a real and rounded character, an independent woman with her own life and career, who is engaged to an English detective. As she debates whether to pull him over to the States, where she lives, or to move and live with him in England, I valued her considerate nature and felt the love and respect she had for her fiancée. I found her likable and relatable. There are three interlocking mysteries—a man who is found dead of bee venom in a cemetery (above ground, as that first sentence states), a heretofore unknown Van Eyck painting that needs authentication, and a sixty-year-old crime where the parents of three young girls are apparently poisoned. This last crime has a significance to the dead man, and Kate begins to unravel and connect the relationships between everyone, finally discovering that the cold case holds danger for her several of her friends. A good, solid mystery to get lost in. Although set in current times, it reminded me of watching an episode of Endeavour. Recommended!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This series has become one of my most favorite cozy series. The mysteries are always phenomenal, the English setting is super fun for me and I really like the characters. This mystery was superb, with a present day murder tied to two mysterious deaths nearly 60 years ago made for a story I could not put down! A simply fantastic read for me!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Spencer

    Another solid entry in the Kate Hamilton series. Kate gets pulled into one mystery when she stumbles over a dead man in a graveyard and a second when she and Ivor are asked to authenticate a painting, all while negotiating her engagement and a prickly potential mother-in-law.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Hammond

    Twists, turns, and coming home to old friends. Loved “The Shadow of Memory,” the fourth book in the Kate Hamilton mystery series. It was like being embraced by old friends. Newly engaged couple, Kate and Tom, are working through some thorny issues: where to live, what to do about their jobs, and how to deal with Tom’s mother. All of that takes a back seat as a mystery from Kate’s dear friend and housemate’s past begins to threaten Vivian’s future. Great read—highly recommend!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    Kate Hamilton mysteries are always fun and entertaining and this one is even better than the other. I had fun, the solid mystery kept me guessing, and I was glad to catch up with the characters. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Have really enjoyed this series…hope there will be more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    It’s been awhile since I gave a book I read five stars. And I’m happy to give them to this book. I have never read a book by Connie Berry and so I not read any of the Kate Hamilton mysteries. This book has a little of everything in it. Kate is the main character but there are several others that easily take that role. Her fiancé is Tom. The characters are very well developed and don’t seem syrupy or fake. The storyline is also well done and easy to follow in an adult type way. Very good book. I It’s been awhile since I gave a book I read five stars. And I’m happy to give them to this book. I have never read a book by Connie Berry and so I not read any of the Kate Hamilton mysteries. This book has a little of everything in it. Kate is the main character but there are several others that easily take that role. Her fiancé is Tom. The characters are very well developed and don’t seem syrupy or fake. The storyline is also well done and easy to follow in an adult type way. Very good book. I will be reading more from this author and possibly more in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy for my honest review.

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