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A richly woven yarn,
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This review is from: Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) (Paperback)
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.