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Frances Brody

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Frances Brody's highly-praised 1920s mysteries feature clever and elegant Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned sleuth. Missing person? Foul play suspected? Kate's your woman. For good measure, she may bring along ex-policeman, Jim Sykes.

Before turning to crime, Frances wrote for radio, television and theatre, and was nominated for a Time Out Award. She published four sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award in 2006.

2014-09-05 10.44.54-1

Once in a great while comes a perfect holiday. Earlier this month, I spent one of the sunniest weeks of the year walking the North Yorkshire coastal paths while based at Sneaton Castle, Whitby, combining my stay with visits to bookshops and libraries.

At Whitby library I had the pleasure of meeting the local writers’ group and enjoying what must be the best view of any library in the world.


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Average rating: 3.61 · 1,180 ratings · 237 reviews · 6 distinct works · Similar authors
Dying In the Wool (Kate Sha...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 573 ratings — published 2009 — 15 editions
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A Medal for Murder (Kate Sh...
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 273 ratings — published 2010 — 13 editions
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Murder In The Afternoon (Ka...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 2011 — 14 editions
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A Woman Unknown (Kate Shack...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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Murder on a Summer's Day (K...
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Death of an Avid Reader (Ka...
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" Murder Strikes a Pose is an entertaining and enjoyable cozy mystery, the first in a new series to feature yoga instructor Kate.

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date: May 16, 2014 01:00PM
location: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol, The United Kingdom
description: "The Unprofessionals: when your character isn't qualified to solve crime"
Saturday 17 May, 11.20 am -12.10 pm

I'm sharing this panel with Kate Griffin, Neville Fountain and David Thorne, with participating moderator Janet Laurence.

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“Some day I would like to write a textbook on how to be a female detective in a man's world. Rule Number One: try not to let your animosity show. Your career as an investigator will be short lived if you cannot hide your feelings when you dislike, distrust, or despise your interviewee.”
Frances Brody, Dying In the Wool

“- 'He reckons you're one of these new women. You've deeply unsettled the female population by driving your car about and prying into other people's affairs.'
And here I was, chiding myself for being so entirely conventional. I rose in my own estimation.”
Frances Brody, Dying In the Wool

“This interest in ragtime gives both of us the opportunity to be considered fashionably scandalous.”
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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The truth of anything at all doesn't lie in someone's account of it. It lies in all the small facts of the time. An advertisement in a paper, the sale of a house, the price of a ring.”
Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time

“The sky is darkening like a stain
Something is going to fall like rain
And it won't be flowers”
W.H. Auden

“I seem to remember sitting on a golden bench, and she started chattering about the sunset, or something. She seemed quite happy so I let her get on with it. Then she got hold of my hand and asked me what I was thinking about. So I said, "The treatment of anal fistulae".”
Ruth Downie, Terra Incognita

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