‘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.
The 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
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.