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Frances Brody's "refreshingly complex heroine" ( Kirkus Reviews), picks up a case that takes her to the refined streets of 1920s Harrogate Not since Jacqueline Winspear has a writer captured the traditional British mystery as wonderfully as Frances Brody in her Kate Shackleton novels. A winning combination of both intricate plotting and nostalgic post-WWI English country setting, A Medal for Murder will appeal to fans of both classic murder mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie as well as readers of historical mystery series set in 1920s England, two popular subgenres. As the novel opens, it's no rest for the wicked when Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to the wealthy neighborhoods of Harrogateand murder is only one step behind. A night at the theater should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre's midst. Kate likes nothing better than a mysteryexcept solving it. So when a ransom note demands GBP1,000 for the safe return of the play's leading lady, Kate must piece together cluesand lure criminals out of their lairs.
FRANCES BRODY lives in the North of England, where she was born and grew up. Frances started her writing life in radio, with many plays and short stories broadcast by the BBC. She has also written for television and theatre. Before turning to crime, she wrote sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium.
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Praise for A Medal for Murder
“These gentle crime novels, that have you guessing at every turn… are a pure joy. Refreshing and highly entertaining, especially for the winter nights.” – Yorkshire Gazette and Herald
"A Medal for Murder contains all the elements of crime fiction - theft, kidnap, murder, a feisty private detective, a handsome Detective Inspector, a (sometimes) dour sidekick, plenty of suspects and all the twists and turns we expect from our genre…. A work of extraordinary depth, lightness of touch and strength of characterization." --Mystery Women
Praise for Dying in the Wool
"The first in a planned series introduces a refreshingly complex heroine and adds a fine feeling for the postwar period." –Kirkus
"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." --Booklist
“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
“This well-plotted and atmospheric tale is enriched by technical expertise and a vividly imagined Yorkshire setting. Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear’s
Maisie Dobbs in a sub-group of young female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences…. They make excellent heroines.” --Literary Review