Death at the Seaside A Kate Shackleton Mystery
by Frances Brody
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Sep 2017
The Kate Shackleton historical mysteries are a delightful escape from the everyday. Set in a changing post WWI Britain, the novels draw readers in with their complex characters and well designed plots.
Death at the Seaside drew me in from the beginning. Can you imagine beginning your holiday, stepping into a shop and finding the owner murdered? That is exactly what happens to Kate when she goes to visit her friend Alma in Whitby. The situation is further complicated by the disappearance of Kate’s goddaughter and her friend Alma’s romantic aspirations. She doesn't want to intrude on the investigation, but as the local constable suspects her and Alma is being less than forthcoming she has little choice.
Brody has a way of making you feel for her characters. Alma, though innocent of murder is definitely frustrating. Unlike in many cozies,...
Kate Shackleton is a rarity in rural post WWI England - a professional private detective. Independent, pragmatic, and highly perceptive, Kate is an excellent investigator, despite the limitations of the time on communication and travel. She is assisted by her colleague Sykes, a former policeman.
In Death of an Avid Reader, Kate is drawn into two possibly overlapping cases. First, Lady Coulton has asked Kate to find the daughter she gave up for adoption many years ago. Second, the discovery of a body in the basement of the library prompts Kate to investigate, as the police are all to ready to accuse a deathly ill man of his murder. As the man is clearly too sick to have committed the crime, Kate is eager to discover who is truly responsible.
Part of what makes this novel so enjoyable is the vast array of well defined charac...