Mystery

The Art of Betrayal by Connie Berry

I have read and reviewed the previous two works in the series:

A Dream of Death (Kate Hamilton Mysteries #1)
A Legacy of Murder (Kate Hamilton Mysteries, #2)
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This instalment of the series skirted the boundary of a thriller and cozy mystery and fell in neither. This is more because of the ominous atmosphere that lingered in the background.
The series continues to have fabulous cover pages, with pictures that I would have loved to be the one to have clicked! But that does not have much to do with my reading experience because, as an EARC, I do not get to see the cover while I read. That only happens when I read a physical book, and I can admire the covers as I set them aside between reads.
Kate is helping out a friend and is leading a new life in England. Her future is uncertain (in terms of life choices), but her courtship progresses nicely. Kate’s mother, as well as Tom’s mother, make significant appearances here. They do add a diversion from the central mysteries. There are several, and I guessed only a couple of them.
It all begins with a regular day, and Kate meets a new client. That is followed by her meeting a friend who wants to become a client. There are many discussions between all the people featured in the narrative, and it might not be to everyone’s taste. It does slow down the action part of the story but does provide fodder for clues and the like.
Kate is a slightly older protagonist than this kind of series’ feature, and she stays true to her age in terms of her investigation and behaviour – or at least it feels that way.
I enjoyed the investigation and the unravelling. It felt a little slower than I hoped from it, but that was a more personal issue given the time and place I was reading it. I did not go into the details of the various plotlines because that might reveal something and the fact that the way things are introduced is a primary draw into the story itself.
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes the idea of a semi-cozy mystery series featuring antiques, murders and a level headed leading lady.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and the previous works in the series.

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