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Murder In The Afternoon: Number 3 in series (Kate Shackleton series) [Kindle Edition]

Frances Brody
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Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for some help.


When help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?


It seems like another unusual case requiring the expertise of Kate Shackleton. But for Kate this is one case where surprising family ties makes it her most dangerous - and delicate - yet . . .

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    Frances Brody succeeds brilliantly. . . Her post-war world in which making any sort of living is hard grind and where an independent career woman is viewed with hostility is entirely convincing. Kate is a heroine to like and admire. . . Her further adventures are eagerly awaited (The Daily Mail)

    Brody's excellent mystery splendidly captures the conflicts and attitudes of the time with well-developed characters (RT Book Reviews)

    Reminiscent of the Golden Age mysteries, Murder in the Afternoon delivers an excellent whodunit, an atmospheric period piece, a snapshot of a bygone England and, in Kate, an appealing heroine wtih a complex past (Richmond Times Dispatch)

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    The third fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinare Kate Shackleton

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 996 KB
    • Print Length: 392 pages
    • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Sept. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005AVIU1U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up the standard 31 Dec. 2012
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    Very good third installment of the Kate Shackleton series and it keeps up the improved standard set in the previous novel, Medal for Murder. The plot is tight, the characters nicely drawn and the story draws you in. I was a bit perplexed about her sister's reticence to disclose anything to Kate, but I did like the children's characters very much. Finding out more about Kate's past was a good focus of the story and although I thought the ending a bit convoluted, overall the novel is very entertaining and a good read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the Afternoon 12 Mar. 2012
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    Kate Shackleton is woken early one morning by a young woman who claims to be her sister. Mary Jane Armstrong's husband, Ethan has disappeared and the police are not taking the matter seriously as they believe he has left her. Kate is dubious about Mary Jane but when she goes to her home and meets her young daughter, Harriet, who is the spitting image of Kate at that age she is convinced.

    Curiosity soon drags Kate into the case and she is convinced that Harriet saw her father dead when she went to take him some food while he was working near a local quarry. When Harriet gets help the body is nowhere to be seen.

    This is an intriguing story which shows Kate battling against the culture of the time to carve out a place for herself as a private detective. Her assistant, Jim Sykes, plays a large part in this story and it was interesting to see him battling with the disadvantages of no longer being a policeman. The story is narrated by Kate herself with some chapters showing in the third person what other people in the story are doing.

    I loved the ending especially the way the personal advertisement in the newspapers is dealt with. The tension is built up gradually during the book and I just wanted to keep reading to find out how it was all going to fit together. I read all of it in one day and stayed up late to finish it because I had to know how it ended.

    I like the series characters - Kate herself, her housekeeper and her parents as well as her lover - Marcus Charles. The series started with Dying In The Wool but the books can be read in any order. If you like Daisy Dalrymple, Phryne Fisher or Maise Dobbs then give Kate Shackleton a try.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. 24 April 2013
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    A very enjoyable read, and a good plot. I could not put it down. I think this is the best one so far in the series.
    All the twists were neatly resolves by the end of the book. Well done.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read 6 April 2013
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    Loved this and am addicted to the series. The characters are real and I was still guessing the perpertrator until the very end,
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery that had me perplexed 27 Mar. 2012
    Kate Shackleton is called to help locate a missing stone mason. His wife Mary Jane Armstrong is adamant that Kate can help her, and in the face of such belief Kate agrees to accompany the woman back to her home in Great Applewick.

    The story Kate pieces together is, that Mary Jane's children Harriet and Austin had gone to the quarry where their father worked to bring him lunch, and that the daughter Harriet had found him dead. Walking to the next farm for help, when she returned with the farmer, there was no one to be found, neither her father, nor a body.

    As Kate investigates she encounters hostility from the quarry foreman, and discovers that Ethan Armstrong had active strong political views. The more she investigates the more it becomes apparent that there could be more than one reason for the absence of Ethan Armstrong, or his body.

    But for Kate this is more than the mystery of a missing man, for she becomes embroiled in a family situation - her family, or rather the family that she was unaware existed, but nevertheless her family, raises for her many questions.

    A good mystery that had me perplexed, but also a moving episode in the life of Kate Shackleton who still believes that even though the war has been over a couple of years that she may still find her husband, missing presumed dead, but maybe just with a missing memory - it happens why not to Kate.
    Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 4 Sept. 2013
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    Kate Shackleton is a new author for me, Enjoyable peaceful book, evocative of the age it represents and I shall certainly read all her other books
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable...... 6 Mar. 2014
    By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    I did not realise that this book is the third in a series – but that did not spoil my enjoyment of it. It is a light entertaining book set in 1930s. Kate Shackleton is the daughter of a police officer and works as a private investigator. It is not made very clear how she survives financially but she is an independent woman who drives her own car, seems very much in control of her own life and seems to have a rather racy private life.

    A stonemason is missing and his wife reports this to Kate. The daughter Harriet had gone to the quarry with food and says she saw her father lying dead and went for help. But when she returned the body has gone and she was accused of telling lies.

    Other mysterious deaths occur as Kate finds herself more and more embroiled in the mystery. Things are not made any easier by the fact that she has family links with some of the characters. Aside from the murders the plot has class politics, family ties, greed and revenge.

    It is all great fun. The atmosphere of the time is evoked well and there are some interesting and well-drawn characters.
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