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A Woman Unknown: A Kate Shackleton Mystery (Kate Shackleton Mysteries Book 1)
 
 

A Woman Unknown: A Kate Shackleton Mystery (Kate Shackleton Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Frances Brody
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Neatly plotted . . . a classic Golden Age whodunnit (The Independent on Sunday)

[An] engaging and resourceful 1920s heroine; a deftly constructed, intriguing period piece (Good Book Guide)

It is rare to find an author that brings character so much to life that they become like real friends but Frances Brody is certainly such one . . . her Kate Shackleton books are so entertaining, well-constructed, and well written that, when finished, the reader feels bereft; but there is always anticipation for the next one (Ryedale Gazette & Herald)

Book Description

The fourth fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749954922
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQ1O5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable Cosy Crime 5 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
Frances Brody produces a Crime novel in the style classic to her chosen setting and, with Kate Shackleton's love of her old Jowett motor, readers cannot help loving her.

Kate's strata of society, just before the financial crash, means that she can slip quietly between the male world of the Police, the seedier world of the poor, and the hypocritical world of those purporting to be their betters - without seeming to be a threat to any of them. Along the way readers learn a lot about the mores of the period.

If you like your murders non-too-violent this is a book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 1 Jan 2014
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I have read the other books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one is just as good as them. A really good plot with many turns good believable characters, I did not guess the outcome and it came as a surprise. I highly recommend this book and this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars step back in time 23 Nov 2013
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as always a brilliant story line keeps you guessing right up until the end easy reading just enjoyable and relaxing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 22 Jun 2013
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Interesting plot, elegantly and beautifully expressed in writing, clever heroine. It is a detective story of a good quality. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kate shackelton 12 Jun 2013
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good read for all the family you dont know what is happening next in book very good value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Unknown 6 Mar 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A man is found dead in the Metropole hotel in Leeds and Kate Shackleton's friend and erstwhile lover, Marcus Charles is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. The dead man is someone with whom Kate is acquainted and his widow asks her to investigate his death for her.

Marcus does not seem keen to have Kate involved in the investigation even though she can ask questions and get answers where he might not be able to. Kate also has a case of her own to investigate - Deirdre Fitzpatrick - a young married woman who is causing her husband concern by disappearing for days at a time.

This is the fourth book in this intriguing mystery series set in nineteen twenties West Yorkshire. It is well written with an interesting heroine and the era is brought vividly to life. I like Kate's employee, Sykes the ex-policeman and he plays quite a big part in this episode.

The period details are well done and I enjoy the background because I used to live in the area myself and have stayed more recently in the Metropole. I like the way the author demonstrates the problems Kate faces as a single woman though her status as a widow gives her more options than she would have as a spinster. If you want a mystery series which is not set in London or the Home Counties then try this one - it is something a bit different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series 28 April 2013
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I really love this series. Am looking forward to the next one. I believe there is one due very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful series 24 April 2013
By Fi
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Having read the first three, I couldn't wait to get started on this one and it hasn't disappointed! This is a lovely series - I very much look forward to the next.
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