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The Body on the Train

(Kate Shackleton #11)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  39 reviews
'Frances Brody has made it to the top rank of crime writers' Daily Mail

'Brody's writing is like her central character Kate Shackleton: witty, acerbic and very, very perceptive' Ann Cleeves, award-winning author of the Vera Stanhope mysteries
1929, London.

In the darkness before dawn, a London railway porter discovers a man's body as he unloads a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Piatkus
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Elaine Tomasso
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of The Body on the Train, the eleventh novel to feature 1920s private detective Kate Shackleton.

When the body of a murdered man turns up in a cart of the forced rhubarb train, attention centres on Yorkshire where the train originated. With rumours of foreign involvement in industrial unrest Scotland Yard wants Kate to take on an undercover investigation to identify the body and work out why he ended up on the
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unidentified body is found on a special train from Yorkshire. In the wake of workers strikes Scotland Yard suspects someone is attempting to fomenting unrest and request that Kate Shackleton investigate. Soon she uncovers another murder. Is it just a coincidence? Kate doesn’t believe in coincidences. The local police have their culprit, but Kate is unconvinced and is determined to uncover the truth.

I was intrigued by the plot for this story and thought it had great potential. Unfo
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Like meeting up with an old mate for coffee, like no time has passed.
Kate is a private investigator with a motley crew of assistants and a father in area law enforcement. She is called to Scotland Yard for an assignment regarding a murdered man dumped into a train car but is hobbled by instructions of silence and basically blocked at every turn. She heads northward and arranges to stay with an old friend and becomes aware of a seemingly unconnected murder in the town. The reader also gets to learn about rhubarb growth and transport to market outside of the normal ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not realize that this was the eleventh Kate Shackleton mystery when I requested it and now I have another author I want to read. It worked as a standalone and was easy to follow. It takes place in 1929. PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Kate is summoned to Scotland Yard and asked to find an answer how an unidentified man was placed in a railroad car. The train was a special taking force rhubarb to market. There are no clues as to where, when and how the body was place. Kate has a number restrictions on ...more
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Another excellent, thoughtful story in the long-running, consistently solid series. Brody explores the unsettling and exploitative mining community of Yorkshire in 1929 when Scotland Yard reluctantly calls Kate in to help identify a dead man found in a sack on the famous Rhubarb Train ending up at a London station. Brody always gives her readers plenty of intrigue set amidst a fascinating and well researched cultural background. The character of Kate is richly amplified. Fans will find this to b ...more
Puzzle Doctor
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Karren Hodgkins
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. The characters, plot and context were all most enjoyable. I did not feel the need to rush through the story but rather enjoyed pacing my read and savouring each twist and turn, and there were many. If I had one concern it was in the wrap up, I think I'd have liked a little more detail, but it did not detract too much from the overall experience.

My thanks to the author. the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced copy.
First, what I want to stress is I requested this book without initially realising that it was the ELEVENTH in the series. So, when I finally realised that this was in fact not a debut novel but another instalment of a long-lasting collection, I was worried. The thoughts that came into my head were, “Am I going to understand the characters?”, Am I going to understand the relationships between some of the characters? “Am I going to miss out on some important nods and mentions to previous books?” A ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this eleventh book in the Kate Shackleton series, Scotland Yard calls in Kate to investigate an unidentified body is found on a special train from Yorkshire, but they thwart her efforts by demanding her silence on certain things. During her investigation, she learns of another murder—one that supposedly has no connection to the one she’s looking into—or does it? Kate doesn’t believe in coincidences. The local police believe they have the culprit for the second one, but Kate believes he is inn ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
My first Cosy mystery! Not my normal preference in crime fiction, but a good friend have me a copy on a recent visit to Leeds so I gave it a go. And really enjoyed it.

The setting is late 20s Yorkshire, with a focus on daily life for ordinary folk- maids, shopkeepers, car mechanics- contrasted with the privileged existence of the 'toffs' who own big houses, factories, have servants and workers, free time to pursue hobbies and leisure activities. Terrific period detail, with a good use of the Yor
Jean Kolinofsky
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the express train carrying a rhubarb harvest reaches London, a body is discovered among the crates of produce. Scotland Yard is unable to identify the man, but with gold coins in the bag containing the body, they believe he may have been an agitator since the train originated in the mining region. Investigator Kate Shackleton is hired to go into the area under cover to try to discover the victim’s identity.

While Kate sends her assistant Mr. Sykes to interview the farmers and rai
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of the Kate Shackleton series which features an intelligent heroine, complex mysteries, and examinations of milestone events from early 20th century British history. The Body on the Train has private detective Kate seeking the identity of a murdered man whose naked body was found in a sack on a train carrying rhubarb. Her Scotland Yard handlers point her in direction of foreign intrigue, but Kate learns of a second murder that occurred in close proximity to the first. Are the murders ...more
Charlene Roberson
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for this review.

The story begins with the finding of a body wrapped in potato sacks and dumped on the special train that brings rhubarb from Yorkshire to London. Scotland Yard asks Kate to help in the investigation, but to keep it quiet, as there may be political ramifications following a recent coal workers strike in the area where the rhubarb originated.

Kate uses her knowledge of the local area
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Another great entry in the always quirky Kate Shackleton historical mystery series. Kate is a World War One widow and was a nurse during the war. She is bright, independent and intuitive, financially secure and has set herself up as a private inquiry agent. The supporting cast is well-drawn and the writing style has some dry humor and is a bit unusual.

This one might be a tad confusing if you haven't read any of the others. Kate has a murky relationship with Scot
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I do not usually start a series with the most recent book instead of the oldest one, but I stumbled across The Body on the Train and it sounded right up my alley! I was right and I enjoyed it very much.

Historical mystery is one of my favourite genres and I particularly like an English 1920's setting. Kate Shackleton is a Private Detective who appears to have made quite a name for herself with the powers that be, and who is requested to help solve a crime the police cannot. She has a
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Shackleton has been hired by Scotland Yard to get information regarding the identity of a body found on the Rhubarb express train. Fortunately Kate has an old childhood friend living in the rhubarb growing area and she arranges to stay with her while gathering information. Her trusted sidekick, Sykes will question the growers while Kate investigates a local murder determining links between the two crimes.
As always, the author has done her homework, and researched history is woven into
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Body on the Train by Frances Brody

This is the latest in the Kate Shackleton series, all of which I have enjoyed. This episode is one of the strongest. Set in 1929 (after the General Strike but before the Great Crash) in that bit of the West Riding where coal, textiles, rhubarb and social injustice were produced, Kate Shackleton demonstrates her ability to “fit in” across the social & political divides. She avoids the obvious explanations for the death of a stranger whose body
Karin Carlson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is #11 in the Kate Shackleton series. I love the character and I particularly loved the historical aspect of this mystery. It involves a murder on a train but not just any train....a rhubarb train. You will learn more about rhubarb than you could have imagined! Then you add Scotland Yard and a possible terrorist and it all fits together in another satisfying outing for Kate. I will say though that I did miss several of the characters that appear in most of her books. I would suggest re ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's the second book I read in this series and I think this is a an excellent mystery.
I like the well written and interesting cast of characters as much as I like the well researched historical background.
The plot keeps you hooked even if it's quite fast paced but it never bores and always kept my attention.
The mystery is complex and solid and it kept me guessing till the end.
It was an entertaining read by I also learned a lot about rhubarb and the historical background.<
Kathleen Gray
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew all this about rhubarb! When a body is found on the rhubarb train, Kate's asked to look into things because she knows the ground in Yorkshire, which was much more unsettled in 1929 than certainly I was aware. There are Bolsheviks afoot and there's unrest in the coal fields. Kate and her pals Mr Sykes and Mrs Sugden are on the case= and then another person is murdered. This is a low key mystery which more or less wanders to the solution. The nice part (besides the characters) are the int ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
March 1928, London. At King's Cross railyway station a porter discovers a body on the Rhubarb Trainn from Leeds. When Scotland Yard fail to identity him Commander Woodhead employs Mrs Kate Shackleton to investigate. With the death of a shopkeeper, Mrs Helen Farrar, at the same time in the local area, Kate wonders if this is just a coincidence or part of her investigation.
An enjoyable and well-written mystery. Though I liked the story I didn't quite love it or the main characters.
A Ne
Tracy Cavanah
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London, 1929. In the darkness before dawn, a railway porter, unloading a special train from Yorkshire, discovers a man's body, shot and placed in a sack. There are no means of identification to be found and as Scotland Yard hits a dead end, they call on the inimitable Kate Shackleton, a local sleuth, confident her local knowledge and investigative skills will produce results. But it's no easy task.

Thank you to net galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book it was a
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. There's well developed characters with an interesting mystery in all the books, this one included. It's not entirely necessary to read the previous books before this one, but it is nice to have the background story of the characters. Another reason why I love this series is because the author is British so it's clearly not a historical mystery that seems to have been "Americanized" like may other series I've read that have been set in England.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is the 11th book in the series featuring Kate Shackleton and set in the late 1920s. With a strong, independent character, this series is a joy to read. This new book is no exception. The historical details are interesting and well researched. The plot is suitably complex with plenty to keep the reader guessing. Highly entertaining.
I received a free review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unedited review.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
It was hot with possible storms. No, that’s not the book. That’s why I started the book yesterday and couldn’t put it down. I was enthralled from the first page to the last. Kate and the other characters are so rich, I want to meet them and go on adventures. The mysteries, and the history of the area are so well intertwined.
I love this series! When does the next one come out?
Erin A Epps
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For fans of Miss Fisher, Lady Hardcastle or Hercule'll love Kate. Her wit and wisdom are evidence to Frances Brody's talent. I enjoyed this book and intend to buy the full series when I can.

Edge of your seat excitement...the perfect 5 word summary.

Thank you NetGalley for the chance to be introduced to a new mystery series. (New to me.)

***Did I spell Hercule's name right? I haven't read Agatha's work in years.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's not every day a body is found in a train car of rhubarb. In The Body on the Train by Frances Brody, Kate Shackleton is asked by Scotland Yard to use her local Yorkshire knowledge to identify the dead man. All means of identification have been stripped from the man as he has been found only wearing his underclothes. Someone went to great lengths to keep his identify unknown, and Scotland Yard thinks Kate can discover his identity. Another murder leads Kate to someone she knows.
Joyce Rawlins
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Body on the Train by Frances Brody is the eleventh Kate Shackleton mystery. A man’s body is found in a sack in London 1929. Scotland Yard is out of ideas and accept help from Kate Shackleton, a local sleuth. I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed with a good plot. I liked the historical era it was written about. The remarks about early coal mining were interesting. Scotland Yard is always fun to read about.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 11th book in the Kate Shackleton series and as always is a great read.! I highly recommend that you read all of the books in the series but it does work as a standalone. Frances Broody always provides excellent plots, characters, and settings. A must-read for fans of Maisie Dobbs and Dandy Gilver.
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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 HarperCollins Eliz

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