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Frances Brody

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Frances is a fan of Golden Age mysteries.

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October 2010

About this author

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.

An English friend who lives in Brittany met me off the train at the Gare du Nord. Armed with passport photos, we bought passes that enabled us to hop on and off buses for the duration of our stay. Everyone who has visited Paris has a favourite spot and so I arrived with tips aplenty about where to go and what to see.

Having just three full days, we planned to concentrate on particular areas and...

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Average rating: 3.61 · 1,727 ratings · 319 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
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A Medal for Murder (Kate Sh...
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Murder In The Afternoon (Ka...
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A Woman Unknown (Kate Shack...
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 2012 — 7 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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Sun May 3 9:00 am When Cupid's Arrow Turns Lethal
Author appearance, May 01, 2015 08:00AM
Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, Maryland, Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD, US
Author panel with Rosie Genova, Teresa Inge, Arlene Kay, Ruth Moose

Frances Brody at The Ivy Bookshop
Author appearance, May 03, 2015 07:00PM
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD, US
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Frances Brody at Flyleaf Books
Author appearance, May 05, 2015 07:00PM
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC, US
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Frances's Recent Updates

Frances Brody is now friends with Brett Shavers
Frances Brody said "yes" to attending CrimeFest
date: May 14, 2015 01:30PM
location: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol, The United Kingdom
description: Friday Spotlight 10.10 - 10.30 The Chief Constable who became Director-General of MI5

Friday Author panel 12.30 - 1.20 with Rosie Claverton, Ruth Downie, Cal Moriarty and Contrad Williams: Private Eyes and Lone Wolves - Lacking the Backing of the Law

"Spring has sprung, I don't want to clean the house so this website is having a makeover. Everything will still be available, but may be in a different place. Please bear with me while I refresh pages and reconnect the links."
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The novel reimagines Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants who wash clothes, cook,serve meals and drive the carriage for the Bennet family. You don't need to have read Pride and Prejudice to appreciate the novel but there's an ad ...more
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From an early age Julia Almond, only child of conventional and ‘respectable’ lower middle class parents, knows that she is special. Longing for romance and adventure, she dreams of the day when something wonderful will happen. She attends the Polytec ...more
Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
" ... and what a good title. "
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Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
" Hold the Dark is one of the most unsettling, shocking and deeply disturbing books I've ever read. But it is also one of the most compelling.

The inhabitants of the Alaskan town of Keelut are not very friendly to outsiders, they look after their o..." Read more of this review »
The Turning of the Tide by Liz Shakespeare
"It's hard to assess a book set in an area you're familiar with, because some of the pleasure must come from recognising the locations - so I might be biased. But, biased or not, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's the tale of one young woman's st..." Read more of this review »
Frances Brody made a comment in the group Cozy Mysteries Cozy recipes topic
" Glad to hear it, Nancy! Look forward to perusing the recipes. "
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
More of Frances's books…
“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.”
Frances Brody, Dying In the Wool

“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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