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Death at the Seaside

(Kate Shackleton #8)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  120 reviews

'Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that has the charm of the period' Daily Mail

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton 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 arr

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Piatkus
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
This is the second book I have read in the Kate Shackleton series. Last year I read the previous book for a blog tour, and I found myself quite liking Kate Shackleton. I had some problem with the story, felt it dragged a bit, to be honest, but I wanted to read this one to see what would happen next to Kate.

I found this book to be a bit better than the previous one. However, just like the one I was reading last year did this one loose a bit of steam in the middle of the book. It wasn't until Jim
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Cosy mysteries are not something I usually read, in fact, I think this is possibly the first one I’ve ever read. I’m used to my crime books being violent and gory so this was very different. Also, it’s set in the 1920’s, so well outside my usual era too!

Death at the Seaside follows private investigator Kate Shackleton who is on holidays in Whitby and upon her arrival, stumbles in on a murder victim in a jewellery store. Incidentally, this store is where she and her now-deceased husband purchased
Joanne Robertson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve only read a couple in the Kate Shackleton series before but was very keen to read this instalment as it’s set at the seaside which is my favourite place to be as everyone knows! And I have also been to Whitby so was very interested to revisit it in all it’s past seaside glory. That’s what I love about these books because you almost feel you have time travelled back to the 1920s, with this authors very graphic descriptions giving you a true feeling of times past. I’ve never been a huge fan o ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I do love Frances Brody novels. Sleuthing mysteries before the days of mobile phones and technology so good old fashioned brain power is what’s needed. With the novel being in first person, you’re inside the head of the character and I liked her from the off – I would even want to borrow those lovely hats she often wears on the covers.

I like the fact that she’s on holiday and yet despite her wanting a rest, a murder mystery lands at he
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
DEATH AT THE SEASIDE is my first time to read a “cosy mystery” novel and I’m kicking myself that it’s taken me so long to get around it! I adore watching Miss Marple, Murder She Wrote and Poirot so Frances Brody’s likeable character Kate Shakleton and her quintessentially British twenties setting were right up my street.

Although the eighth in the series, it was incredibly easy to settle into the story as Brody gently mentions pertinent background information as and when is necessary but the myst
Cleo Bannister
Well I came a little bit late to this party as this is the eighth of Frances Brody’s novels set in the 1920s featuring private investigator Kate Shackleton. I’m delighted to say it didn’t matter and I thoroughly enjoyed the character without needing the background from the previous books.

In this book Kate Shackleton is on holiday. She’s travelled to Whitby to visit an old school friend Alma, a woman she hasn’t seen for some time although she has met up with her daughter Felicity who is Kate’s go
Laura Edwards
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Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, mystery
Kate Shackleton, Mrs. Sugden and Jim Sykes have decided to separate and take some time off for personal vacations. For Kate, this provides the opportunity to visit her old school friend Alma Turner and Alma's daughter Felicity at the seaside. Kate looks forward to catching up with her goddaughter and old friend. She arrives in Whitby, reminiscing about her carefree younger days when she and Gerald first fell in love and became engaged. Her memories lead her to a jeweler's shop where she intends ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Not the best of the series so far; it was a little bit too convoluted and mainly my problem is that I can't stand Alma at all, there is no reason in the world for Kate to be her friend and I see all the reasons that Felicity has to run away. I set my high expectations on the next one.

Non il migliore della serie, almeno fino a questo punto; troppo cinrconvoluto, ma soprattutto il mio problema principale é che non sopporto assolutamente Alma, inoltre per nessuna ragione al mondo Kate potrebbe esse
The Literary Shed
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO COME ACROSS AN AUTHOR who we’ve never read before, for no other reason than life's too short and there are too many good books out there waiting to be devoured. It’s particularly so, if that author fits into the mystery/crime genre, one of our not-at-all guilty and rather favourite pleasures. Frances Brody, who pens the deliciously moreish Kate Shackleton mysteries, set in post-World War I England, is a case in point.

Death at the Seaside, the eighth book in the series,
Alma Turner's daughter, Felicity, has gone missing and no one knows where she has gone or if something has happened to her. Felicity is also Kate Shackleton's goddaughter. Jack Phillips has also been murdered, but who murdered him and why? What secrets are the people living in Whitby hiding and why don't they want the police to find out?

This was quite a good novel, but it was quite a slow paced novel in a lot of areas. There wasn't much action throughout this novel and I did guess halfway throu
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on as part of the blog tour.

Death at the Seaside is a fun, witty novel that ticks the mystery / crime box without being too shocking or gruesome – and which makes quite a change from some of the novels in this genre I’ve read recently! I haven’t read any of the novels in this series (Kate Shackleton) so I didn’t really know exactly what to expect, but love these kind of mystery stories that are set in a bygone era - and the 1920’s is a great choice so I was really ex
Anna Bergmark
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
With a few exceptions this series has been a bombshell in beige. Which is strange, because the heroine herself and her two coworkers, Mr Sykes and Mrs Sugden, aren't unlikable at all. But no... The dullness prevails. The supporting "actors" tend to be uninspiring, the pace slow, the plots uninteresting, and in this particular installment what strikes you is the lack of credibility.

Now, I'm not unpartial to the unbelievable. Au contraire. The unbelievable can be quite exciting. But this story man
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.

Kate Shackleton has decided to close her business of private investigators for some time in August and she has gone to Whitby for a fortnight to relax. She hopes to catch up with an old friend, Alma and her daughter Felicity who live in Whitby.

On her first day she finds the body of a jeweller in his shop when she goes in to buy a bracelet. At first she is suspected of the murder herself especially when she has been found on the cliff
Tracy Shephard
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Felicity Turner has a plan.

A plan she has been saving for and one that her boyfriend, Brendan, is going to help her with.

A two- week break in Whitby is much needed for Kate Shackleton. She is hoping to 'catch up' with her friend Alma, Felicity's mother, and enjoy the summer at the beautiful coastal resort.

Felicity, hasn't seen her father for many years. Her mother tells her, 'I'm here..he isn't', but things are not all they seem and Alma is keeping a secret from her daughter.

Frances Brody has wr
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the last book from Frances Brody (not counting the one coming in October this year). I love the setting because it was set in my favorite town in Yorkshire; Whitby. Every description I read in this book, gave me glimpses on Whitby that I visited last year. I love walking along the shore, marveled at the skeleton of Whitby Abbey and of couse enjoying Whitby's famous fish and chips. So when Frances Brody brought Whitby again in this book, I could understand how annoyed kate was when her su ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Mysteries taking place in the inter-war years (the years between WWI and WWII) are pretty much irresistible to me. There is just something about WWI and its aftermath that I find extremely intriguing and I have always been a fan of mysteries. In general, I think that the Kate Shackleton series is an extremely enjoyable example of an inter-war years mystery. The plots are well-devised and the historical detail is correct as far as I know and, if not correct, at least believable.
My reservations ha
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Death at the Seaside, the 8th entry for author Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton is another wonderful English cozy set in the interwar period. I have followed this series from the beginning and really look forward to each book.

This book has Kate on holiday visiting her school friend Alma. The trip is poignant for Kate because she and her late husband had a shared history in Whitby, the seaside town in which Alma lives. On a whim, Kate decides to go into the jeweler's to look at a bracelet as a gif
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Post World War I female sleuths seem to have become a subgenre all their their own, especially with 2017 being the centennial of the Great War. Kate Shackleton is among the front of this pack, an admirable, accessible heroine.

Death at the Seaside is set in the town of Whitby, where Kate is visiting an old school friend, Alma, who makes a living as a "prophetess" and Alma's daughter, Felicity, Kate's goddaughter. Kate, being Kate, stumbles upon the obviously murdered body of a jeweler from whom s
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Kate Shackleton historical mysteries are a delightful escape from the everyday.  Set in a changing post WWI Britain, the novels draw readers in with their complex characters and well designed plots.

Death at the Seaside drew me in from the beginning. Can you imagine beginning your holiday, stepping into a shop and finding the owner murdered? That is exactly what happens to Kate when she goes to visit her friend Alma in Whitby.  The situation is further complicated by the disappearance of Kate
The eighth mystery in the Kate Shackleton series was the perfect antidote to the wild weather outside my window this weekend. In this novel, Kate takes a long overdue holiday to Whitby to visit an old friend. Within hours of arrival, she finds a murder victim, discovers her old friend, Alma, is living in a dream world, and that her daughter, Felicity, has disappeared. To make matters worse, Kate becomes a suspect in the murder, a man whose attention she spurned in the past, Chief Inspector Marcu ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kate Shackleton is the daughter of a police office & the widow of military man. She is currently working as a PI and employs a former police officer & a housekeeper to aid her in her investigations.

In this installment, Kate has gone on holiday to visit a school friend, Alma & goddaughter, Felicity. Alma works on the pier as a local fortune teller & Felicity at a local tea room; the husband (a polygamist & smuggler) disappeared years ago.

Alma believes herself to be in love wi
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
As much as I like this series, I don’t care for this book because of the depressing tone, less than kind Kate Shackleton, and many of the series’ regulars missing from this book. Since Kate Shackleton is away from home vacationing in a small fishing village where she goes to visit a friend from a boarding school, her protective and loving parents, quirky aunt, and dysfunctional biological family are not in the book. The nurturing housekeeper, her competent assistant, and the assistant’s wife sho ...more
Nothing better on a cold, snowy day than a book about summer holidays at the shore! I was glad to see Inspector Marcus Charles back in the storyline.

"Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton 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, leavin
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Death at the Seaside is the 8th Kate Shackleton mystery by author Frances Brody. This is the first book of Brody's that I have read. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

I have very happy to have discovered this beautifully written historical mystery series. The series is set in England between the two world wars. Brody's writing style evokes an earlier era and you feel like you are back in time.

I like the character of Kate. The supporting characters are all very interesting as well. The myste
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I would actually like to give this book 3.5 stars. It was a charming read, set in the 1920s, with a small-town murder that needs to be solved by a war window and her investigation team. I was interested in reading this book because Murder on the Orient Express is the book that made me fall in love with reading as a kid, so I was drawn to this series that has received so much praise and was set almost 100 years ago. I think I would have been more engaged if I had started this series from the begi ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this book in the little bookshop in Whitby and bought it because it was set in the town in the 1920s. It was a charming little murder mystery which captured the spirit of Whitby just after WW1 and was reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s tales which were set during the same period. I liked the main character, the fiercely independent Kate Shackleton whose husband never returned from the war. She meddled and solved the crime like a younger more charismatic Miss Marple.

There was not
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Shackleton mystery. Liked a lot about this one, enjoy the humanity and the humor, the characters, the scenes and situations. Yet by Chapter 27 the scene-switching interspersed stories became annoying. Skipped through, read the Felicity story through, and then the main action chapter-by-chapter backwards. This was quite fun, and kept my interest.

Wonder if the editor did the same, as the parts saved for last had some telling slip-ups. On page 288, Mrs. Sykes is credited with filling i
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Kate Shackleton is a unique main character. A post World War I English widow, she is quite successful at ferreting out hidden truths, and does discreet investigations on the side.

In this outing, she goes to visit an old school friend and her goddaughter and almost immediately trips over a dead body. Kate is briefly under suspicion herself, but the appearance of Inspector Marcus Charles clears her. But her old friend Alma needs her help: her daughter Felicity has disappeared, her hoped
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEATH AT THE SEASIDE by Frances Brody is number eight in the Kate Shackleton series which is set in the 1920s. In this case, Kate is on holiday and discovers a body within hours of arriving at the seaside village of Whitby. Her school friend, Alma, is a suspect and so is Alma’s adolescent daughter, Felicity, who has run off in an attempt to find her biological father. One of the stronger entries in this series, there are two mysteries for Kate – who committed the murder and where has Felicity go ...more
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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 H

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