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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.

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During the past two weeks my home city has been marking a special anniversary: 50 years of town twinning between Leeds and Dortmund, Germany. Twinning was set up shortly after the Second World War with the aim of encouraging friendship, co-operation and understanding between people, with the aim that Europe should never again be torn apart by war.

In Leeds we have a Dortmund Square. In

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Average rating: 3.77 · 17,803 ratings · 2,466 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
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Murder In The Afternoon (Ka...

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Death of an Avid Reader (Ka...

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A Woman Unknown (Kate Shack...

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A Death in the Dales (Kate ...

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Murder on a Summer's Day (K...

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Death at the Seaside (Kate ...

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Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody
"This is the first Kate Shackleton Mystery I’ve read, but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Veronica's Bird by Veronica Bird
"Veronica's Bird is a book of three parts.

I might be better off in a children's home.
The first is an incredibly emotional journey through Veronica's childhood. The hunger, pain and abuse, the hope, hard work and glimpses of happiness, all told with b" Read more of this review »
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


Which English Mystery would you like to read with us during May? Please vote here by 21st April, and remember to look in the group afterwards, to see if your choice won! Good luck!

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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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