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Murder on a Summer's Day: Number 5 in series (Kate Shackleton series) [Kindle Edition]

Frances Brody
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India Office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a Maharajah, last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond.Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category.

Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels an outsider in her sympathies. One thing she is sure of: her own skills and insights. Qualities that she is sure will help her unravel the latest disappearance on that fateful summer's day . . .

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    Elegantly written (Independent)

    Well, it's brilliant (The Bookbag)

    There are shades of [Agatha] Christie in Brody's popular 1920s series featuring amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton (Rutland Times)

    Book Description

    The fifth fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton!

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 926 KB
    • Print Length: 417 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034940058X
    • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Oct. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BU1DEVK
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,217 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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on a Summer's Day 11 Oct. 2013
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    This is the fifth book in the Kate Shackleton mystery series set in nineteen twenties Yorkshire. Kate, a young widow, is a private detective specialising in missing people. She receives a phone call from her cousin, James, who works for the India Office and who wants her to find a missing Maharajah without making too much fuss about it. Not the easiest of tasks and Kate finds the secrecy aspects of the case somewhat irksome.

    I enjoyed this well written and interesting mystery. It brings a forgotten era vividly to life and also shows ordinary people going about their lives. I thought the descriptions of the Maharajah's relatives' entourages were very good and I could imagine the tents and the gorgeous silks, carpets, and clothes. I liked the way the characters interacted and I like Kate herself and the way she works.

    This series can be read in any order or as standalone novels but if you read them in order then you can follow Kate's development and the way her job has grown. The first book in the series was Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the 1920's Era to Life 2 Jun. 2014
    By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
    What a delight to be back in the company of First World War widow and amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton in this tale of murdered Maharajahs, a feisty fiance, a missing diamond and royal rivalries all in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

    This is the 5th book in the series -- I've read and enjoyed the first two -- Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) and A Medal For Murder: Number 2 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries).

    Tasked with finding a missing Maharajah, Kate is the perfect person to question people without them realising they're being questioned, she draws people out, they trust her and she's very persistent. She's an extremely likeable heroine and I enjoy the way she thinks things out carefully and deliberately.

    While out shooting the Maharajah had shot and killed a white doe, an act of sacrilege in this superstitious village and some people were not surprised when he was found dead, but who was the killer and why would anyone want him dead?

    Frances Brody's delightful writing brings the era of the 1920's to life, the plot was entertaining with some twists and turns and suspects aplenty. I did not guess the killer's identity.

    Even though I haven't read all the books in this series I still found it easy to follow Kate's progress and mentions are made throughout the book to Kate's situation so I think this could be read on its own.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Jan. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is the best in the series so far. I can't wait for the next one. The storyline really draws you in. The characters are really believable and once again I did not guess till very near the end who the murderer was and why. The history factor running alongside the story is very well intertwined and adds to the storyline a lot of believability. I cannot praise this writer strong enough her books are really well written and I highly recommend this series and this book in particular.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good murder mystery set in the twenties 27 April 2014
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    A good read for those of us who love a murder mystery without too much blood and gore and with a sense of humour! well set and researched into the period between the two world wars.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars A slow read 5 April 2014
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    Good on period detail and atmosphere. Am a Kate Shackelton fan and as usual she writes very well but this time the plot did not sustain my interest.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Jan. 2014
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    I think this was the best so far of books about Kate . I enjoyed the setting because I know Bolton Abbey well - an interesting read .
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars well written 20 Oct. 2013
    By Barry
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    this author improves book by book. She portrays the area and its inhabitants very well and interweaves an alien culture with great subtlety.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Shackleton 6 Feb. 2014
    By Mari
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    Very believable heroine. If you are a fan of The Hon Daisy Dalrymple I think you will be a fan Kate Shackleton. Very well written and interesting plots.
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