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** My thanks to Clara Diaz at Little, Brown Book Group for my copy of this  book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Gigglesiwkc School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive. 

During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company.

When Selina’s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame . . .

My Thoughts & Review:

Kate Shackleton is back with another cosy crime mystery, Death in the Stars is the ninth book in the series and I am sure it will be a hit with her fans.  For those not familiar with the Kate Shackleton mysteries, they are a little like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books.  There are mysteries aplenty and many suspects for our sleuth to investigate along the way before eventually arriving at a definitive conclusion with none of the modern day gore or danger.

In this book, Shackleton is invited to accompany theatre star Selina Fellini to view an eclipse at a local school chapel, and ever the investigator, Kate’s suspicious mind begins to start ticking over.  During the eclipse Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffat is found dead in the grounds of the chapel, and this highlights Selina’s fears about other members of the theatre group having met suspicious endings in the past year.
Shackleton is soon on the case with the help of her good friends Mrs Sugden and Jim Sykes and together they are determined to find answers for the mysterious circumstances of the deaths of the members of the theatre group as well as Billy Moffat’s death.

This is only my second meeting with Kate Shackleton, having previously read book eight in the series Death at the Seaside and I have enjoyed the change of pace that both of these books have brought.  These are more gentle mysteries that my usual crime thriller reads, and there is something nice about the way these books get your brain working, trying to link the clues together and working out how it all goes together like the investigative team are doing.  Despite not being an action packed, adrenaline filled reading, this is a very enjoyable read and very well written.

A cast of very interesting and well crafted characters bring the tale alive, the plot is well thought out and the small details really make this stand out as one not to miss!

You can buy a copy of Death in the Stars via:

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Author: Frances Brody

Published: 6th October 2016
Reviewed: 6th October 2016

Copy supplied by Piatkus / Little, Brown Book Group in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton feels like she deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August . . .

My Thoughts & Review:

When I think of cozy mystery novels I instantly think of the work of Agatha Christie and her endearing creation Miss Marple.  So when I encountered this book I was inquisitive to see what sort of detective Kate Shackleton would turn out to be.  The idea of the story being set in the 1920s in Whitby was another factor in my interest in this book.

Kate Shackleton heads to Whitby for a well deserved break, but as is the case for most private investigators, trouble is never far away.  Not long after arriving Mrs Shackleton pulls on her investigating hat and begins to look into the disappearance of her god-daughter Felicity, which subsequently leads her to the discovery of a dead body in the local jeweller’s shop.

This being the first encounter I’ve had with this character I was intrigued to see how her investigations would progress, what methods she would employ to get to the truth as well as how the limitations of the era for females would impact upon her.  Death at the Seaside is the eighth outing for Kate Shackleton, and I would be quite keen to catch up with her in one of the earlier books to see how she has progressed but also to enjoy this style of mystery again.
Cozy mysteries may not be for everyone, some people might prefer their crime thrillers to be fast paced, action packed and highly dangerous, but despite not being any of those things, this book is still very good.  The mystery element is engaging, the story itself is well written, the characters are incredibly well created and interesting and the pace is steady.

An enjoyable change of pace, and a lovely easy read.

You can buy a copy of Death at the Seaside here.

 

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About The Author:

Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, 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.

 

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