Death at the Seaside: A Kate Shackleton Mystery Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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"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 of Whitby.... Brody provides plenty of period flavor and just enough clues to point 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
"Brody expertly weaves historical details and social issues to capture the essence of the 1920s. Kate’s intelligence and curiosity make her an appealingly complex heroine. VERDICT With a writing style and plotting reminiscent of golden age crime fiction, this is a good read-alike for fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s “Maisie Dobbs’’ mysteries, Charles Todd’s “Bess Crawford” series, and Catriona McPherson’s “Dandy Gilver” books." ―Library Journal 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
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (September 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250098858
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250098856
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.71 x 1.4 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #664,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In alternating chapters, we follow the adventures of Felicity, who, along with the young man who's sweet on her, has gone out in an old boat to find her estranged father, whom she is certain is living nearby.
I didn't enjoy this entry in the series as well as some of the previous ones. I found Alma intensely irritating, with her "sight" and the descriptions of her little fortune-telling booth left me claustrophobic. I didn't like the way she used Kate, nor the way Kate seemed to daydream her way through the mystery, at least until Jim Sykes and Mrs. Sugden show up to help her. My favorite part of this book was the recreation of the peaceful seaside life of a 1920s English resort, with the cool breezes, piers, rock candy, summery cottages, wooden fishing craft, laid-back summer attitude, and other relicts of a bygone age. You can almost hear the wind blowing and the ships creaking in harbor as they sway in the tide.
While the mystery was fairly interesting, I was a bit disappointed the culprit was so easily deduced early on, if one pays attention. Dowzell's questioning of Kate soon after the murder really gave him away. Too bad because there were so many other choice suspects, though little suspense after that episode, and the toffee hammer gave it away completely. No other person would have all the knowledge to understand Kate would be the perfect person to frame for the murder.
I also disliked the distracting shifts in POV. This technique has been employed before in this series to good effect, but Ms. Brody seemed to go overboard this time around. Very annoying.
Another disappointment was the return of Marcus Charles. Is Kate really going to settle for him? The one good point concerning Marcus. Jim Sykes shares my view of Marcus as arrogant and pompous and not good enough for Kate. And, once again, Sykes and Mrs. Sugden did not make an appearance until well into the book (nice to see Rosie becoming more involved, however). I wish the next book had Kate returning from a holiday enjoyed and without interruption and taking a case in Leeds.
And I haven't even mentioned the typos yet. Everywhere throughout. Since I shell out good money for a book, it'd be nice if the publishers hired proofreaders to peruse the pages before publication. It felt as if I were reading an Advanced Reader's Copy, which I wasn't.
One of the few good points. Kate's sarcastic wit, both in thought process and speech, shines throughout. Thank heavens since this factor is one of my main pleasures while reading this series.
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Kate Shackleton has decided to close her business of private investigators for some time in August and she has gone to Whitby for a fortnight to relax. She hopes to catch up with an old friend, Alma and her daughter Felicity who live in Whitby.
On her first day she finds the body of a jeweller in his shop when she goes in to buy a bracelet. At first she is suspected of the murder herself especially when she has been found on the cliffs with a torch after dark on the same day in suspicious circumstances. Her friend Alma is at her wits ends because Felicity has disappeared and Kate decides to help look for her.
I enjoyed this eighth volume in the Kate Shackleton series. Kate herself is resourceful and sensible and very observant. She has collected many friends over the course of her investigations and her assistant, Jim Sykes and her housekeeper Mrs Sugden, both on holiday nearby are soon involved in Kate's investigations.
I though the author brought Whitby to life and I enjoyed the descriptions of it. I thought the way the people of the town closed ranks and refused to talk to Kate let alone the police was well done too. If you enjoyed crime novels set in the 1920s then do try this series as I think it is one of the best around at the moment.
I enjoy this sort of background history, but in this tale the mystery is reasonably complex and there are two threads to the story....the fateful journey of two very young people, and back home in Whitby the development of events including one murder and one attempted murder.
Kate and the team go into action although actually on holiday, mainly to clear the name of Kate's friend, and to discover where the daughter and her boyfriend are, and if they are safe.
Enjoyable mystery that sets a sedate but purposeful pace.