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The Body on the Train: A Kate Shackleton Mystery

(Kate Shackleton #11)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Frances Brody's eleventh Kate Shackleton mystery is sure to delight readers of Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.

Two murders. A one-way ticket to trouble.

And it's up to Kate to derail the killer.

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
Published November 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published October 17th 2019)
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Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wide circle
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 rhubarb
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I look forward to reading
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. Unfortunately,
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Like meeting up with an old mate for coffee, like no time has passed.
2019 bk 283. The newest of the Kate Shackleton Mysteries. Kate is hired by Scotland Yard - when they have a mystery that, because of personal investments on the part of the detective and the location of the crime - who do they call, Kate Shackleton. Seeking to give a reason for her jaunt into another close location in Yorkshire, Kate calls imposes herself upon an old school friend, not realizing that she'll find out more than she wishes. Along the way she learns more about trains, rhubarbs, the ...more
Tony Hisgett
The investigation was a bit messy with several different cases becoming intertwined and Kate, Sykes and Mrs Sugden all involved in tracking down clues.

As the communication difficulties mount the investigation becomes a bit farcical, with each person knowing something that the others desperately need to know but unable to get the information to each other.

There are some books where I get irritated because the ‘sleuth’ has all clues, but is incapable of putting them together. In this book it isn’t
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
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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Karren Hodgkins
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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?” ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Helen Howerton
The Body on the Train by Frances Brody is the latest Kate Shackleton adventure, and a tangled web it is. Perhaps a little too tangled for some readers.

A dead man is found inside a train car at Knights Cross. No identification. There’s an interesting little prolog involving a Russian gentleman, so we already have a mystery. Being the inquiry agent that Kate is, Kate is asked to help, but her inclusion has to be very hush hush, as foreign parties may be involved. There’s also a chance that the
Jean Kolinofsky
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 railway staff,
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1929 and Kate Shackleton has been asked by Scotland Yard to investigate a strange case. A special train has arrived from Yorkshire, delivering a spacial cargo for the London market - forced rhubarb. Turns out there is more than rhubarb on the train. When the unloading begins, a body is discovered stuffed into a bag like a load of spuds. Not a thing on the man to identify him and Scotland Yard is stumped. They are also worried that this corpse, having originated in Yorkshire, may be ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 areas well as her trusty
Diane Hernandez
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In 1929, Mrs. Shackleton is one of only two female private detectives in London when a Body on the Train is found murdered.

Mrs. Shackleton is called in by Scotland Yard to investigate a man found dead in a potato sack on a train. The man was only wearing underpants. He was accompanied in the sack by two potatoes and two English coins. The train was a regularly scheduled nightly rhubarb run from rural England to London. In a parallel case that occurred on the same night, Mrs. Shackleton agrees
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Scotland Yard. She is called
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 is found on
Merrilee Gibson
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Kate Shackleton is a strong woman character making her way in a 1929 world, where clever women were seldom given their due. This story is beautifully written and held my attention from beginning to end, with its challenging mystery in a fascinating time and place. Kate comes to this case when the authorities have failed, using her own group of Irregulars to support her efforts. Rhubarb holds a prominent place in the story, much to my surprise. Thoroughly enjoyable in the best ...more
Karin Carlson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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 NetGalley Book
Tracy Cavanah
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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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

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