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Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries)
Dying In The Wool: Number 1 in series (Kate Shackleton Mysteries)
by Frances Brody
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dying In The Wool, 11 Feb. 2012
Set in the 1920's in and around the towns, mills and picturesque villages and beautiful surrounding countryside of her home county Yorkshire, Kate Shackleton is already bucking the trend. Furiously independent, she drives her own car and is a keen amateur photographer. However, beneath the bravado she is unable to mourn her husband Gerald who is still declared missing. It has been over four years since the war was over and she is finding it hard to adjust to a life without him.

Kate's life is about to change dramatically when she receives a letter. It is a cry for help from a friend to find a missing person. Driven by her own personal reasons and curiosity she agrees to help. Kate is employed to find Joshua Braithwaite, a mill owner. Kate's photographic skills now take on a new meaning. Her search leads her to unveil the dark secrets of Bridgestead Mill. She begins to trace the threads in search of the truth. What led to the explosion at the mill? The stains of guilt and secrets held by some of the village dwellers begin to unravel stitch by stitch. No amount of bleach can remove the darkest of black dye from the soul. The picture Kate Shackleton is piecing together is not a pretty one but now as she zooms in on the final piece of the mystery her life is in real danger.

This is where Frances Brody and her heroine Kate Shackleton triumph. The 1920's is much unrepresented in crime fiction and yet she has captured the ambiance of this period vividly and both historically and culturally in every detail. You can smell and taste the working mills, as she describes the violent assault on the ears, so true to the working conditions at that time. One is taken on a journey just like a thread of wool she twists and weaves you through the colourful and rich fabric of the story from page to page keeping you in suspense while her subtle humour educates and informs you along the way.

Dying in the Wool is a pleasant assault on the senses and leaves you wanting more. It warrants being adapted for a drama series on television and given there are two more books in the series, there is no casting off here.

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