Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Death at the Seaside (Kate Shackleton #8) by Frances Brody

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0750544716
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Sept. 12 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

'Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that has the charm of the period' Daily Mail
Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August . . .

"Frances Brody writes marvelous British mysteries, and if you haven't met the wonderful Kate Shackleton, Death at the Seaside is the perfect place to start this terrific series! Whether you are already a Brody fan or new to the Kate Shackleton series, Death at the Seaside is a mystery you just plain can't miss!" ―Charles Todd, bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge Mysteries and the Bess Crawford Mysteries

"A delightful trip through time and space to 1920s England with a heroine who would make the ladies of the Golden Age proud." ―Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy novels

"In Kate Shackleton, Frances Brody has created a smart and endearing sleuth whose resourcefulness and skill for deduction shine as she investigates murders in 1920s England. With vivid settings, colorful characters, and excellently-plotted mysteries, this series is an absolute delight!" ―Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames mysteries

“In Brody’s tightly woven eighth mystery set in 1920s England, PI Kate Shackleton takes a holiday in the resort town o fWhitby.... Brody provides plenty of period flavor and just enough clues topoint armchair sleuths to the solution.” ―Publishers Weekly on Death at the Seaside

"Kate finds herself drawn into a complex case redolent of classic interwar mysteries in which motives abound and old secrets are eventually revealed. In addition to re-creating the feeling of the golden age, Brody this time provides a stronger mystery than usual." ―Kirkus Reviews on Death at the Seaside

"Death at the Seaside is the eighth book in the Kate Shackleton series and it is definitely a series that moved from strength to strength.... [A]lthough this is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the earlier books to enjoy this novel. Although I would recommend any reader who likes historical crime fiction to read them all - you are in for a treat. The plot is intriguing and, true to its title, Death at the Seaside has superb descriptions of Whitby and its surrounding countryside. Definitely a page turner." ―Mystery People

"...Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that, however convoluted, has the charm of the period, while staying well within the bounds of plausibility." ―Daily Mail (UK) on Death at the Seaside

"And that's the great thing about the Kate Shackleton stories: the next time around you might know who killed the vicar, or whoever, but you'll have the added pleasure of seeing how it was done, because Frances Brody doesn't cheat and produce some piece of information right at the end which explains everything: all the clues are there. On a second read you have the joy of saying Ah, that's why... " ―The Bookbag on Death at the Seaside

"This is a charming read. There is a serious crime, a real investigation and a mystery to solve but this book feels as if it should read while sipping tea from bone china, helping yourself to a thin cucumber sandwich from a three tier cake stand and listening to some rhythmic twenties jazz music. Brody's writing allows the reader to relax and enjoy the very visual story with its gentle humour and soft smiles." ―Bibliomaniac on Death at the Seaside

"Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs."―Literary Review on Dying in the Wool

"Descriptions of the lavish life enjoyed by the Indian elite give a tantalizing glimpse into a foreign world...fans of Maisie Dobbs and Daisy Dalrymple will enjoy the authentic period detail."―Publishers Weekly on Murder on a Summer's Day

"Brody has the style of the classic British cozy down pat."―Kirkus Reviews

"Frances Brody knows how to hold the reader attention and make them continue reading into the small hours of the night."-Bill Spence, York Press

About the Author

Frances Brody's highly-praised 1920s mysteries feature clever and elegant Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned sleuth. Missing person? Foul play suspected? Kate's your woman. For good measure, she may bring along ex-policeman, Jim Sykes.

Before turning to crime, Frances wrote for radio, television and theatre, and was nominated for a Time Out Award. She published four sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award in 2006.


My Review

Death at the Seaside is the 8th Kate Shackleton mystery by author Frances Brody. This is the first book of Brody's that I have read. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

I have very happy to have discovered this beautifully written historical mystery series. The series is set in England between the two world wars. Brody's writing style evokes an earlier era and you feel like you are back in time.

I like the character of Kate. The supporting characters are all very interesting as well. The mystery is well developed and I enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure out who had killed the jeweler...plenty of suspects.

I had never heard of the town of Whitby before so I had to look it up . It of course is real and quite fascinating. I discovered this amazing site: http://www.thebooktrail.com/book-trails/death-seaside-kate-shackleton-8/ where you can understand the setting better.

Loved this book! I cannot wait to read more of the Kate Shackleton series. Highly recommend Death at the Seaside.

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