First Line Friday (week 165): A Legacy of Murder

Posted October 18, 2019 by meezcarrie in Connie Berry, contemporary, First Line Fridays, mystery/suspense / 24 Comments


Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry


And the first line is…

Saturday, December 5th
Long Barston, Suffolk, England

I woke to the point of a sword in my thigh.

American antique dealer Kate Hamilton’s Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby…and a chain of murders.

It’s Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent’s tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade.

Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman’s work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman’s death connected?

Kate learns that Lady Barbara’s son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara’s son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It’s up to Kate to clear her daughter’s name in Connie Berry’s second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries.

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24 responses to “First Line Friday (week 165): A Legacy of Murder

  1. Kay Garrett

    Paige Cordell felt as if she had regressed back to the awkward, frizzy-haired bookworm who’d left Sage Creek, Texas, fourteen years ago. With no intention of every returning.
    HOMETOWN HEALING by Jennifer Slattery

  2. Andrea Stephens

    It was not the best hiding spot I had ever found, but it was, thankfully, proving quite effective.
    SECRETS and SUITORS by Joanna Barker

  3. Gloria A

    He left me for a size-two selfie star and did’t want me to make a scene.
    Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

  4. At least it wasn’t pointed at her throat? Great first line!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line of Marisol – Spanish Rose by Elva Cobb Martin, so here I’ll share one of my favorite lines from the same book:

    Maybe he should be guarding his heart from her, protecting himself from another loss, but he’d already given too much of himself to her. His heart was no longer his to guard.

  5. Wow what a first line!!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters but I’m currently reading How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (9) here: “Elam Albrecht didn’t have many needs.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading 🙂

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    My first lines are from Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty Beller:
    My Darling Rachel,
    You were everything to me. You still are. Don’t ever forget that.

  7. On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Because of You by Becky Wade, however I finished it last night and am now reading Stitched in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I’ll share the first line of that book here. “It took a lot to shock Luke Schrock.”

  8. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Wyatt: The Montana Marshalls” by Susan May Warren:

    “Usually Wyatt, goalie for the Minnesota Blue Ox NHL team, could shrug off his mistakes.”

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