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Frances Brody

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Leeds, The United Kingdom



Frances is a fan of Golden Age mysteries.

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October 2010


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.


There is always a huge amount of interesting background information that never finds its way into a novel. The next Kate Shackleton mystery takes place in 1928. In that year, a wealthy industrialist bought the Brontë Parsonage and donated the deeds to the Brontë Society to create a new museum for the benefit of the nation. That story does feature in the next Kate Shacklet...

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Thanks for being so eagle-eyed. True, the first "quality" paperbacks were published in 1935 but the first paperbacks were published around
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Murder for Pleasure by Howard Haycraft
"MURDER FOR PLEASURE. (1941). Howard Haycraft. *****.
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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.”
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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