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Dying in the Wool (A Kate Shackleton Mystery) Paperback – January 22, 2013
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Kate Shackleton, widowed during WWI, has developed a reputation for being able to find people. So much so that a friend met during her wartime service as a nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment offers to pay Kate to find her father so that he can be at her wedding a mere five weeks later. And thus begins her new career in this first in a British series. The missing man was a well-off woolen mill owner outside Leeds, who was last seen one Sunday five years earlier, during the war. Questions abound, and seeking the answers in the traditional society of the mill town or at the manor house takes patience and skill. Kate herself is a modern woman, with her own car and house, but her independence and curiosity offend those not ready to meet women in business settings. Brody, who has written historical fiction, presents a carefully researched setting, with accurate references to the popular culture of the day and clear explanations of the dyeing and weaving processes at the mill. --Karen Muller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs.” ―Literary Review
“[A] winning tale.” ―The Independent (UK)
“Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.” ―Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series
“A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again...” ―Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains
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The book started out in London right after the war was over and everyone was trying to get back to normal.
Tabitha Braithwaite was getting married and wanted her missing father at the wedding. So she in lists Kate Shackleton, a fellow VAD girl she was with during the war who has been successful helping others find missing loved ones after the war.
Kate has never done her sleuthing before professional and is quite concerned that she would not do a great job of it!
But Tabitha is very persistent and Kate relents and decides to take the case!
The ensuing investigation takes Kate into the world of the Mill workers that she knows nothing about! Besides trying to find Mr Braithwaithe, she uncovers two other bodies!
All in all I considered it a pretty good story! Well written and planned out, I might even look for the next one in the series!
I was almost discouraged from this series by seeing a blurb that said Kate was like Maisey [sp?] Dobbs. I confused her with Daisy Dalrymple. Kate is much more serious in her investigations compared with Daisy, at least in the early DD books. If anything, Kate sometimes seems too modern for the 1920s, but in any era there is a range of behaviors and everyone isn't average.
In this one, Kate's male subordinate has to do much of the legwork, since information at the pub is not available to Kate because of her gender.