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Blog Tour – ‘A Death in the Dales’ by Frances Brody

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‘A Death in the Dales’ is Frances Brody’s seventh crime novel featuring Kate Shackleton.  Last year I read and reviewed her previous book, ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ which I really enjoyed.  I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour.


Book Blurb

A murder most foul

When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe . . .

A village of secrets

But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.

The case of a lifetime

As the present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into the secrets that Freda left behind and realises that this courageous woman has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave. It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing roster of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting.




Like the sound of this book?  Well in that case I’m pleased to tell you that one very lucky person has the chance to win a copy of ‘A Death in the Dales’.  To enter all you have to do is tell me who your favourite fictional investigator/detective is.


Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 16th October 2015.

A winner will be randomly picked within 7 days of the closing date.  Their details will be passed on to the publisher who will send out the prize.


Good Luck! 🙂

Blog Tour – ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ by Frances Brody


‘Death of an Avid Reader’ by Frances Brody is being published by Piatkus on the 2nd October 2014.  In celebration of her new novel I am one of a number of bloggers reviewing this book.

9780349400570The story is set in 1925.  Kate Shackleton is a private detective well known for her courageous sleuthing and top class work.  One day she receives a letter from Lady Coulton summoning her to London on a rather delicate matter, and so she makes her way there.  Lady Coulton confides in Kate about a secret from the past.  Many years ago she had a daughter born out of wedlock who she gave up to another family.  Now after all this time she wants to find her daughter and enlists Kate to assist her.

Kate begins her search for Lady Coulton’s daughter, but soon finds herself getting involved in other matters. A Capuchin monkey somehow gets inside her car and Kate ends up having no choice but to take him in temporarily until she can track down his owner.  Meanwhile there have been reports of strange goings on at Leeds Library.  When the body of the much respected Dr Horatio Potter is found in the basement, the quiet literary community is turned upside down.  But who would want Dr Potter dead and why?  This is what Kate wants to find out.

‘Death of an Avid Reader’ is the first Kate Shackleton Mystery I have read. Being an avid reader myself I just loved the title of this novel.  I can see exactly why it has been classed as cosy crime.  This is a well written story with good descriptions of the characters.

I really liked Kate Shackleton. Kate was truly dedicated to her work and was always on the go even when she was really tired or had been injured.  I also like how through Kate’s investigations you get to learn quite a bit about her past.

I found ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ to be an enjoyable and relaxing read.  There was much more to the story than I first thought.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


About Frances Brody

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Frances Brody is the author of five mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.

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