Death at the Seaside
'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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Now, I'm not unpartial to the unbelievable. Au contraire. The unbelievable can be quite exciting. But this story man ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
My reservations ha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
There was not ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more