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Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941871
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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Praise for "Dying in the Wool"

"This well-plotted and atmospheric tale is enriched by technical expertise and a vividly imagined Yorkshire setting. Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs in a sub-group of young female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences.... They make excellent heroines." --"Literary Review "

""Dying in the Wool" has a winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again, before pulling together to a surprising and satisfying solution." --Catriona McPherson, author of "Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains"

"Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end." --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

"Brody's winning tale of textile industry shenanigans is shot through with lo

Praise for "Dying in the Wool"

"The first in a planned series introduces a refreshingly complex heroine and adds a fine feeling for the postwar period." --"Kirkus" "This well-plotted and atmospheric tale is enriched by technical expertise and a vividly imagined Yorkshire setting. Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs in a sub-group of young female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences.... They make excellent heroines." --"Literary Review "

""Dying in the Wool" has a winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again, before pulling together to a surprising and satisfying solution." --Catriona McPherson, author of "Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains"

"Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end." --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

"Brody, who has written historical fiction, presents a carefully researched setting, with accurate references to the popular culture of the day and clear explanations of the dyeing and weaving processes at the mill." --"Booklist"

"Excellent.... Ms. Brody does an excellent job of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. DYING IN THE WOOL has a lot of unanticipated twists and turns. I was completely surprised at the end! There were so many ways the story could have gone. Cheers to the author for keeping us in suspense until the very last pages. I can't wait to read more Kate Shackleton! This is a series I am definitely hooked on." -- historyundressed.blogspot.com

"Brody's winning tale of textile industry shenanigans is shot through with local color." -"The Independent" (UK)

"Highly entertaining... Frances Brody writes with charm and yet knows how to keep the reader guessing at every stage of the book. If you like pure de

Praise for DYING IN THE WOOL:

"Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs." --"Literary Review "

"[A] winning tale." -"The Independent" (UK)

"Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end." --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

"A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again..." --Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains

Praise for DYING IN THE WOOL:

Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs. "Literary Review"

[A] winning tale. "The Independent (UK)"

Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end. "Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series"

A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again... "Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains""

Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs. Literary Review

[A] winning tale. The Independent (UK)

Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end. Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again... Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains

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"Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs." --Literary Review

"[A] winning tale." --The Independent (UK)

"Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end." --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

"A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again..." --Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains



-Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs.- --Literary Review

-[A] winning tale.- --The Independent (UK)

-Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.- --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

-A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again...- --Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains

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A quiet Yorkshire village is shaken by a scandalous secret . . . This is quirky historical crime fiction with a wonderfully whimsical female narrator

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This is the first book in the Kate Shackleton series. Set in Yorkshire in the aftermath of WW1, Kate is 30-ish war-widow of a medical husband, missing in action. Based in Leeds, she takes up detective work on a gentile amateur basis. This story relates her transition from amateur to professional detective when she is engaged by a friend to find a missing father. Mr Braithwaite, the owner and boss of a mill goes missing from a hospital on the eve of Mr Braithwaite being charged with the criminal offence of attempted suicide. I am glad I read this book after I read 'A Medal for Murder' number 2 in the series. It is a much less easy read than book 2. I found the story-telling somewhat ponderous and drawn out, stretching the tale well beyond its natural life. There are a couple of murders and plenty of disfunctional family stories but not enough to keep up the necessary pace required of a whodunnit.

The period in which this story is set is an interesting one. Kate is the child of privilege in an era when the old paternalistic society was on its last legs. Kate feels the need to earn her living and thus the amateur investigator becomes a professional and takes on an employee. Its a pity that this first venture as a professional private detective did not have a bit more umph!

Things improve in Book 2 'A Medal for Murder'A Medal For Murder: Number 2 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries)
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this is the first Frances Brody novel i have read, and while i liked the story line, and the discription of the people, scene, area etc really great you felt as if you where really there. However i found the actual investigation a little slow when i felt it was clear to me who was involved and why as well as what had happened to the missing party. not a bad read but not the best book i have read.
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Really good read I get bored sometimes so skip to the end of books. Not this one kept me guessing right til the end. Can't wait to start the next one
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Back into reading again 😀 Felt like I was actually there. Wonderfully written, plenty of conversation and detail about the area
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A very good author and a great storyteller.
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Very well written. Could'nt put the book down. A very intriguing story and very easy read! This was my first book by this suthor, I will now read her next one!
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Entertaining I have enjoyed all the books in this series
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Bought it for the wife; she seemed to love it.
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