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A Snapshot of Murder

(Kate Shackleton #10)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  79 reviews
From bestselling author Frances Brody, the next installment in the Kate Shackleton mysteries.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Piatkus Books
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Elaine Tomasso
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group for an advance copy of A Snapshot of Murder, the tenth novel to feature private detective Kate Shackleton, set in 1928.

The Headingley Photographic Society decides on an outing to Haworth to celebrate the opening of the Brontë museum. A group of seven stay at nearby Ponden Hall but only six survive the celebration. Kate is soon on the case but with the murder victim, Tobias Murchison, being most unlikeable there is no shortage of suspec
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books so far in the series, mostly with enjoyment, but this was different.
It has a bleak setting, mirrored in a bleak view of human relationships. I found it oddly- written, with swaps of viewpoint which were difficult to handle.The writing style seemed rather choppy. I found it impossible to empathise with many of the characters, some of whom were fairly repellent.

It was not difficult to work out who murdered the unlikeable Tobias Murchison, but the ending was rather a co

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Author on location- Frances Brody took The BookTrail around the Bronte country! Meet the author in Bronte Country

A novel set at the time of the opening of the Bronte museum? The characters from a local photography society who want to see it, and take pictures of the area made famous in the Bronte novels? Well that was me sold.

The setting and era is the star of the show as everything takes place fully immersed in this literary landscape. The Bronte parsonage opens its door
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This book was really slow for me. The murder didn’t occur until 50% into the book and I found myself speculating who might end up dead. I figured it would either be Tobias or Edward.

My favorite characters were Edward, Kate, Marcus and Derek. I found these to be the most compelling of the bunch. In the beginning, I was a little unsure who the main character was considering the immense amount of time focusing on Carine and her background with both Tobias and Edward.

I felt like this book could have
Cleopatra  Pullen
Despite coming to this historical crime series relatively late they have become a firm fixture in my autumnal reading with something so appealing in going back to seemingly less complicated times but of course not neglecting the fact that some people are always going to be bumped off! The bonus with this series is that the murder is more or less of page and the reader can enjoy the mystery without needing to get themselves overly anxious about the killing bit. And so it is for A Snapshot of Murd ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I couldn’t finish this book. I usually devour the books in this series, even though they can be somewhat inconsistent in quality. This book read like someone else entirely had written it!

The quality of prose is nothing like the volumes before, which is a shame. The sentences are choppy and simple, the point-of-view shifts around in ways it never has before, grammar was poor or left uncorrected(?) by editors (“Carine, you, me, and Rita...” begins one sentence), and everything felt
Melissa Dee
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th Kate Shackleton mystery, and if you are just arriving, welcome, and get comfortable! Kate and her village coterie are remarkably prone to proximity to murder, and she and her ad hoc crime-busting team are on the job again when the local photography club goes on an outing.

Its always a comfort when the corpse and murderer are the least attractive members of the suspect group, rather than the characters the reader really loves. I found the cast of characters sufficiently complex th
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Frances Brody novel that I've read and overall it was a marvellous well-paced read, with all of the elements of a great murder mystery - plenty of suspects all with a variety of motives. The story is told in alternate chapters, by Kate Shackleton, the sleuth and passionate photographer and also the supporting characters. I liked the author's characterisation of Kate who was a strong and appealing protagonist. The brilliant and unusual plotting made this mystery quite special an ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
1928 and at the Headingly Photographic Society meeting an outings is proposed. Agreement is reached to visit Haworth to coincide with the presentation of deeds of the Haworth Parsonage to the Bronte Society. Seven menbers including Kate Shackleton and her niece Harriet Armstrong arrange to go but not all will return.
A somewhat slow paced well-written cozy mystery as we learn about the main characters and deeds from the past. Overall an enjoyable read.
A NetGalley Book
Looking back on my reviews of this series, I see that I have found the novels inconsistent; this tenth mystery featuring Kate Shackleton has a slow moving plot with a number of threads and characters whom I found difficult to feel empathy or compassion. Of course, I liked reading about familiar characters: Mrs. Sugden, Jim Sykes, Harriet, Kate's parents, but even they couldn't offset my issues with the new characters and plot.
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Another fascinating entry in the quietly thoughtful, atmospheric Kate Shackleton stories. This time Brody tackles the art of photography, featuring Kate's involvement with a local photography group and a talented young woman with a successful photography studio. Interestingly, the story is placed in the countryside of the famous Bronte family and the setting of Wuthering Heights. Kate and the photography society have an outing to the opening of the Haworth Parsonage, the home of the Bronte famil ...more
Nina Kells
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-my-library
I was very disappointed with this book. You can work out early on who the victim will be and who the murderer will be. There are so many loose ends too and pointless red herrings.
Laura Edwards
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I never thought I'd say this about Frances Brody, but some of the writing was slipshod. Some scenes felt rushed and barely cobbled together.

While the "whodunit" aspect of the story was quite good with multiple suspects, the crime itself was completely implausible. Ms. Brody's attempt at "murder in a crowd" (a technique skillfully rendered in Josephine Tey's "A Man in the Queue") falls woefully short. Even when given all the evidence, I found it a bit unbelievable. Tobias never cried out? He cer
Jennifer Young
Cosy historical mysteries are back in fashion, and my goodness, does that make me happy. I love the classics of 1930s crime — Dorothy Sayers and Ngaio Marsh are my favourites — and I went into raptures a couple of years back when publishers began reprinting other books of that era.

The cosy historical was, I suppose, the next logical step, and I can’t get too many of them. A Snapshot of Murder is the tenth in the Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody, and it’s the second I’ve read. (You don’t
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of the Kate Shackleton series and have enjoyed each one. Kate is a smart and admirable sleuth and author Frances Brody's use of meticulously researched historical detail in each book is impressive and adds to the ambiance of the 1920s setting. While a Snapshot of Murder still falls in the historical cozy genre, this series entry takes a decidedly darker turn than some previous titles.

Kate's friend Carine, who runs a photography studio, has lived a tortured life. Her mother disa
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Kate Shackleton is a fairly young widow who lives in Yorkshire. She's also a talented photographer and belongs to the local Photographic Society. One evening a new member, young Derek Blondell, suggests an outing, a weekend to take pictures, and they decide on the opening of the Bronte museum.

She also has a friend, Carine Murchison, who owns a photographic studio and takes care of her ailing father and a wastrel husband named Tobias, who is also a member but whose time is spent in getting drunk.
Jean Kolinofsky
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was supposed to be an excursion for the Photographic Society to the opening of the Bronte museum and to explore the settings of Wuthering Heights. Seven members attended, but by the end of the weekend one was dead. Tobias Murcheson was the chairman of the Society. A bully, a manipulative husband and disliked by almost everyone, the crowd at the dedication provided perfect cover for someone to end his life.

Each of the Society’s members on the excursion had a reason to attack Tobias. Carine Mur
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This series continues to intrigue. More than a cozy historical mysteries series, the book's characterizations and slight quirkiness of the plotting make it stand out. The entire series is worthwhile but this ought to work well as a stand alone.

Private enquiry agent Kate Shackleton, an amateur photographer, belongs to a club that has planned an outing to attend the dedication of a Bronte-related house museum. Included in the group are Kate's niece Harriet, local photography studio owners Carine a
I have enjoyed every book in this series and this one didn't disappoint me. The time period is one of my favorites and Kate Shackleton is a very complex strong character. She is a private enquiry agent and an amateur photographer. It was the photography theme that caught my interest rather than the Bronte angle. Kate is a member of a photography club and seven of them set for a weekend visit to a Bronte museum. Kate and her niece are joined by Tobias and Carine Murchison, Derek, a newspaperman, ...more
Kevin Cannon
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Frances Brody novel that I've read and overall it was a good well paced read and has all the hallmarks of a good murder mystery - plenty of suspects with a wide range of motives. However it all seemed a bit contrived in places and there were just too many coincidences forcing the cast of suspects together.

I feel that the identity of the murderer was somewhat telegraphed early on in the novel, even before the crime is committed but this strangely didn't detract from the enjoyab
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just posted a review of the newest Anne Hillerman mystery. I've given FH's 4.5 stars actually. It too has an intricate plot and the characters, though distinct and believable, just are not quite as 3dimensional as AH's. I do have problems with the idea of a recurring collaboration with the police, which is what Kate Shackleton does, though of course this is a standard plot base in mysteries, starting, I think, with Agatha Christie, and used in so many mystery series. But yes, I can suspend ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest novel in an excellent and classic cozy mystery series, set in England between the world wars. This book in the series has a very unusual murder scene and murderer(s). Though murder is never justified (isn't that why we read mysteries, to see justice done?) one almost feels as sorry for the murderer as the victim at the end.

The author has done a great job developing this main character (who thankfully is NOT too dumb to live) making her stories very realistic in how and why pe
Alyson Read
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book number ten in the ever popular Kate Shackleton murder mystery series. It is a nice gentle book featuring the amateur sleuth who investigates crimes and assists the police in some cases. Here the local photographic group, including Kate and her niece Harriet, take a trip to Bronte country to see the opening of the Bronte museum and hopefully take some momentous pictures. When one of their number is murdered suspicion falls on both the rest of the group and also some locals who had ha ...more
A Snapshot of Murder by Francis Brody is the 10th in her Kate Shackleton series. I’ve read three of her earlier books and I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much. I think, though, that the setting is excellent, particularly in Howarth when the Bronte Parsonage Museum was opened in 1928. But I was disappointed to find that the murder could have taken place anywhere – it no connection to the Brontes, or to the opening of the Museum, apart from the fact that the murderer took advantage o ...more
Seema Rao
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quaint ~ Appealing ~ Intriguing

tl; dr: Charming detective Kate Shakelton finds herself with a murder to solve when she goes to the opening of the Bronte Museum, attended by a slew of photographers.

I love this series for its turns of phrase and indomitable detective. It's like a Masterpiece Mystery in written form, a bit cozy, a bit period, very English. I haven't read every book in the series, but I never feel lost when I pick one up. In this one, Kate is hoping for a break. Only to find hersel
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed this series of novels from the beginning. I particularly like that they are set in the past in familiar places, so that you see Leeds, Wakefield or Haworth in a different way, with past overlaying the present

I am also fond of the range of recurring character, Kate Shackleton & Harriet, Mr Sykes, Mrs Sugden. Frances Brody is very good at telling us enough about the character so that we feel we know and like them, but also implying they have secrets and depths not yet revealed to
Lel Budge
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A snapshot of murder

Set in 1920’s Yorkshire, Mrs Kate Shackleton is known as an investigator in this murder mystery. She is off on a photography society trip to Haworth, the home of the Bronte’s. There during the trip, Mr Tobias Murchison, Carine’s boorish husband dies from a stab wound to the heart.

Here begins an investigation, was it Edward? Carine’s, back from the dead husband to be or Derek the young besotted photographer? Or one of the many suspects in this engrossing tale.

The first few ch
I was 65% into the book before I realized that this was part of a series, the author did such a fine job of not letting the reader flounder about. The mystery is set in Leeds and Haworth in 1928. The first murder is not discovered until more than 25 years after it occurred, and the second is known only by the perpetrator, but the third murder is the most apparent, even though the investigation is so convoluted and involves so many reasons and possible justifications that it's very difficult for ...more
Tony Hisgett
In some of the previous books I would have liked to have seen a little more of Harriet, so I was pleased she had a slightly bigger role in this story. However because there are several new main characters it also means that there is less of Kate.

I’m not sure if it was intended, but parts of this book read like a bleak Bronte novel, the saga centred around Carine became quite depressing to read. The end of the story was all tied up quite nicely, but it didn’t feel that satisfying.

Kate is still on
Charlene Roberson
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for my review.

I really, really like the Kate Shackleton stories, but this one I just never got into. I can't quite put my finger on why. I was not enamored with any of the characters, the guy who was murdered NEEDED to be murdered, and the ending was not satisfying. It was obvious almost from the start who the victim would be, he was just begging to be killed. And a lot of people had reason to kill him. The actual murde
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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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