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Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) [Paperback]

Frances Brody
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009 Kate Shackleton Mysteries (Book 1)

Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire!

Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens, except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite, goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed . . .


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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941871
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Frances Brody is a pseudonym for Frances McNeil, author of four novels and winner of the Elizabeth Elgin Award for best new saga of the millennium for Somewhere Behind the Morning. Frances has written many stories and plays for BBC radio, and scripts for television. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Theatr Clwyd, with Jehad nominated for a Time Out Award. Frances lived in the USA for a time before studying at Ruskin College, Oxford, reading English Literature and History at York University, teaching English and History at Bradford College and tutoring writing courses for the Arvon Foundation. She lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up. Visit her at www.frances-brody.com

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Book Description

A quiet Yorkshire village is shaken by a scandalous secret . . . This is quirky historical crime fiction with a wonderfully whimsical female narrator

About the Author

Frances Brody is a pseudonym for Frances McNeil, scriptwriter, playwright, author of four novels and winner of the Elizabeth Elgin Award for best new saga of the millennium. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies with Jehad nominated for a Time Out Award.


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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery at the mill 10 Nov 2009
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Kate Shackleton - widowed during World War I - has made a reputation for herself finding missing people. Her friend Tabitha asks her if she will try and find her missing father before her own wedding. Kate at first is reluctant to do so as she feels it is impossible after nearly 7 years to find Joshua Braithwaite - alive or dead, and she's not comfortable being paid for something she's always done free. She decided to try because there seemed to be a lot about Joshua's disappearance which hadn't been explained. The more information Kate uncovers the more uneasy she becomes. Ably assisted by Jim Sykes - a former policeman - Kate uncovers a tangled web of relationships and secrets.

Interspersed with a few of flashbacks to 1916 when Joshua went missing, the story is narrated by Kate. The style is down to earth and easy to read with flashes of humour. I liked both Jim and Kate and I thought all the characters were realistic and true to their time. I enjoyed the story which had the right degree of complexity and enough clues to lead the reader to the right conclusion though there were plenty of red herrings.

If you enjoy crime stories which are a bit different, with not too much violence, you will enjoy this one. I gather this is the start of a new series and I shall be looking out for the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Old fashioned" detective novel 15 Mar 2013
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Entertaining, no bad language. These stories modernise the idiom but to me are more like the books of Dorothy Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, Ngaio Marsh and others. As a reader of history I think Frances Brody has done her research and gives a good picture of the period between the wars. I am going to read the others in time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying In The Wool 11 Feb 2012
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Set in the 1920's in and around the towns, mills and picturesque villages and beautiful surrounding countryside of her home county Yorkshire, Kate Shackleton is already bucking the trend. Furiously independent, she drives her own car and is a keen amateur photographer. However, beneath the bravado she is unable to mourn her husband Gerald who is still declared missing. It has been over four years since the war was over and she is finding it hard to adjust to a life without him.

Kate's life is about to change dramatically when she receives a letter. It is a cry for help from a friend to find a missing person. Driven by her own personal reasons and curiosity she agrees to help. Kate is employed to find Joshua Braithwaite, a mill owner. Kate's photographic skills now take on a new meaning. Her search leads her to unveil the dark secrets of Bridgestead Mill. She begins to trace the threads in search of the truth. What led to the explosion at the mill? The stains of guilt and secrets held by some of the village dwellers begin to unravel stitch by stitch. No amount of bleach can remove the darkest of black dye from the soul. The picture Kate Shackleton is piecing together is not a pretty one but now as she zooms in on the final piece of the mystery her life is in real danger.

This is where Frances Brody and her heroine Kate Shackleton triumph. The 1920's is much unrepresented in crime fiction and yet she has captured the ambiance of this period vividly and both historically and culturally in every detail. You can smell and taste the working mills, as she describes the violent assault on the ears, so true to the working conditions at that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 27 Feb 2013
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This first in the series was so good that I immediately went on the read the next three! Good plot and well scripted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying in the Wool 4 July 2012
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Another author I found by accident and thoroughlly enjoyed. Read Dying in the Wool in record time for me. To start off with I did wonder where this book was going. After about 50 pages or so I felt that I'd got into the story and found it very interesting and held my attention.

I liked the flashback chapters as they were a good insight into the time the disappearance happened. The ultimate conclusion to this book was very good as it kept you guessing right up until the last couple of pages.

I would like to see the character of Kate Shackleton developed more in the next book, which I am looking forward to reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A richly woven yarn 30 July 2010
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This novel is rooted in a Yorkshire mill village in Airedale, where bosses and workers live cheek by jowl. Set in the period following the first world war, time, place and the rhythms of local speech are vividly created. In the course of Kate's investigations we are taken into the underworld of war profiteers and get glimpses of London high society.

The mysteries of woollen manufacturing processes and their quaint names are interwoven with the lives - and deaths - of a rich variety of characters. The toffs in the big houses are no better than they ought to be and there is more to the mill hands than meets the eye. Everyone has secrets.

Kate is well-named. She is the catalyst who stirs up the hidden past with gentle probes. There are enough clues to keep us guessing and from time to time we are given evidence which Kate has yet to discover. By the end of the novel everyone's life has changed and Kate is transformed from an amateur sleuth into a private detective.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I read book 2 in this series before reading this, the 1st of...
This is the first book in the Kate Shackleton series. Set in Yorkshire in the aftermath of WW1, Kate is 30-ish war-widow of a medical husband, missing in action. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
You know it's a good book when you can't resist sneaking in a few more pages while you're waiting for the bread to toast and the kettle to boil - and when after you've finished you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deb
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving these series
Lovely books to read, characters, places and the storyline are all easy to imagine, couldn't put it down again - fab!
Published 1 month ago by kay wheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Average but not what expected....
I was expecting something in the vain of Agatha Christie so was a little disappointed. The story plods on along with the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by V Jagger
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing a stitch?
Kate Shackleton has gained a reputation for solving mysteries and finding people, in the past she has mainly done it for friends and family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying in the wool Number one in series ,
t This book was in the same parcel as above book it was OK but the parcel was torn,the book is one of the series that I enjoy,
Published 4 months ago by pat carter
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable well written book
Easy to read,almost light hearted but a very surprising plot. Several twists and turns to the plot and a true " who dunnit ? Read more
Published 7 months ago by gfredtab
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Great book to curl up with on a winters day. I am now on no 4 in this series and have loved them all. Praise for the writing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying in the Wool
In 1922 Kate, a young widow is asked by a colleague to find her father, who went missing from civilian life some six years earlier. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keen Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappoining
I read the back of this and thought hmm sounds interesting, then I tried to actually read it. It started off very slowly but I persevered and tried to continued but it took so long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Danni_Beth
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