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Mystery at the mill
on 10 November 2009
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. This is an excellent start to the series and I've just (2014) read the book for the second time and enjoyed it even more.