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Death and the Brewery Queen

(Kate Shackleton #12)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Frances Brody's twelfth Kate Shackleton mystery will positively intoxicate fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Nicola Upson.

A competition for the crown proves deadly when confidences are betrayed and secrets are spilled.

North Yorkshire, 1930. It's the season for warm and spirited countryside celebrations. Ever since the war, pubs have been in the doldrums, and in an attempt to
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Published October 6th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Phrynne
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
This was my second book by this author and she really likes to research her topic, yet it is not force fed back to the reader as some authors are inclined to do.

Murder is in the Air: A Kate Shackleton Mystery is set in Yorkshire, England, in the 1920s and it is set within the local brewing industry. I was extra interested because I lived in the area for several years and know Masham and Theakstone's Brewery well. This book has been published under another title Death and the Brewery Queen which
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Alayne Emmett
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, this was the third one I’d read by Francis Brady and I must say they are growing in me!!! I love the fact that it’s slow-paced but, that was how they did things like that in the 1930’s. It reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel but, much more enjoyable.
Alayne Emmett
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a couple of Francis Brody’s books in this series and I’ve always really enjoyed them. They are set in an era after the First World War and are beautifully descriptive and have you thinking that you are reading an Agatha Christie book. The pace is slow but, set in this era suits it well and I find this way of writing very appealing. I have some more of her books to read and hopefully in time I can get hold of the whole series.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the
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Literary Soirée
This 12th in the Kate Shackleton series is said to appeal to avid Maisie Dobbs fans like me. But slow-paced MURDER IS IN THE AIR, set in 1930, just wasn’t my cup of tea. Others who love old-fashioned English mysteries may find it a perfect cuppa.

3 of 5 Stars

Pub Date 06 Oct 2020

Thanks to the author, Crooked Lane Books,
and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#MurderisintheAir #NetGalley
Janet
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the twelfth in the series & is set in the 1930’s in Northern England . William Lofthouse owner of Barleycorn Brewery asks Kate to investigate some mishaps. When there they get caught up in accompanying wages clerk Ruth Parnaby’s engagements as Northern Breweries’ beauty queen. On one of Ruth’s first engagements, a garden party at the brewery, she leads children to the stables for pony rides but the drayman is missing, later found in the last place imaginable--the fermentation room, decea ...more
QNPoohBear
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Springtime is in the air in North Yorkshire and Kate's artist friend Eleanor Hart has asked her to speak with her husband, William Lofthouse about the odd goings-on at his brewery. At first William is hesitant to explain, he claims he just wants paperwork sorted out and everything in tip-top shape for when his nephew James returns from touring Germany to take over the company. Then William reluctantly reveals there have been missing and cancelled orders and financial discrepancies. He's sure it' ...more
Agi
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
In „Death and the Brewery Queen“, already the twelfth in the Kate Shackleton’s series, Kate and her partner Jim Sykes are asked to investigate in the Barleycorn Brewery. There have been a number of mishaps, the numbers do not add up, some strange things have been happening and the young wife of the Brewery’s owner is concerned. Initially it is only Jim who is supposed to look into brewery’s finances, however after one death too many Kate also starts to investigate, as this what looked like a sim ...more
Vintagebooklvr
3 1/2 stars. Brody creates unique personalities in the characters that populate this story. She writes some chapters that focus on the characters unique to this particular book that do not necessarily directly move along the mystery but it gives more insight into these characters. So much so in this book, the personalities of the recurring characters seem a bit bland (though I have read others in the series so I do remember them).

Instead of one mystery, there turns out to be three separate matt
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I struggled with this book at first because I am not the most intense fan of Agatha Christie, but I thought this book was awesome by its end. It did take me some time, but I was sucked in and very interested by the time I was closing in on the middle of the book. This was just unlike most of the books I have read that were mysteries and I just ended up thinking it was fantastic.

There’s a plethora of mysteries and settings. The characters are so much fun. I just liked the setting, and I would lov
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Tony Hisgett
I found the start of the book fairly heavy going, I really struggled to get into the story and it didn’t help that Kate doesn’t get involved until a quarter of the way through. Fortunately the story improved and I quite enjoyed following Kate, although I found parts of the story a bit of a mishmash towards the end.
One very minor irritation was the change in the title from Death and the Brewery Queen after some books had already been published. This caused me some confusion when trying to find th
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Tansy Roberts
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Probably not best to start with the 12th book in an ongoing series, I suppose... I struggled with the very bland main/recurring characters and the lack of proper historical ground to start with -- Murder in the Air is set in the North of England in 1930 but I'd forgotten this by the time the review copy hit my Kindle, and there were almost no context clues for the first few chapters. I shouldn't have to Google to know what time period a story is set in!

However, the plot did hot up eventually and
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Jan
It's 1930 and Kate is a widow who was a nurse in WW1 but has been working as a private detective with her married partner Jim Sykes, a former police detective, and with the help of her cook, dog, and "niece". The original problem she is to address is a financial one for her friend's husband's brewery and doesn't seem too bad until a key person in the organization is deliberately run down on her way to work. Meanwhile there is a very capable young woman with many secrets who is working in the pay ...more
Betsy
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Murder in the Air is the 12th book in the Kate Shackleton mystery series but this is the first one that I read. You can certainly read this as a standalone, as I did, but I think it would be more enjoyable to read others as I really didn't warm up to Kate and she really doesn't have a main role until almost midway through the book.

There were two unrelated deaths in this book. The first one is wrapped up and solved before the second occurs . In fact, the book blurb doesn't even mention that murde
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Karren Hodgkins
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled with the fact that the only connection amongst the plots in this novel was the place. in which they took part (the brewery in a country village) and the agency that was called in for one became embroiled in the lives of a number of the families associated with it..

While there are indeed two deaths, the main villain was absent and so lacked character. Even his motive seemed questionable and so that aspect of the story felt thin. It also only took up a very small part of the novel, so
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Helen Howerton
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Crooked Lane Books for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review Murder Is in the Air (called Death and the Brewery Queen if you're reading in the UK). All opinions are my own.

Right off the bat we learn what Kate Shackleton does for a living – she’s a private investigator, along with Jim Sykes, her assistant. We’re in 1930 Leeds. She’s been contacted by the owner of a brewery to discuss some irregularities in operations, even to the point
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Annie
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Murder is in the Air is the 12th Kate Shackleton historical cozy by Frances Brody. Released 6th Oct 2020 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 316 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.
This is a gently written, engaging historical (1930s) mystery series set in England. This entry sees Kate and her partner investigating a series of incidents at a brewery in Yorkshire. I love the slow paced golden-age interwar classic feel of these my
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Caren Johnson
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review of Murder is in the Air: Frances Brody’s murder mystery, Murder Is In the Air: A Kate Shackleton Mystery is the 12th in the series. It features Kate Shackleton solving multiple murders in a family-owned brewery.

Ruby Parnaby is beautiful and brilliant, working in the accounts payable department despite her employer having some truly patronizing views of women working. She’s got a terrible father, Slater Parnaby, who is hell-bent on using her to get rich by being as nasty as he can, and fo
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Jean Kolinofsky
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There have been a number of mishaps at the Barleycorn Brewery. While William Lofthouse, the owner, sees them as minor setbacks, his wife asks him to consult with kate Shackleton, a private investigator. Lofthouse had sent his nephew James to Germany to learn from their brewers in the hope that he would return and take over some of the responsibilities, but James has extended his stay. Kate sends her assistant Jim Sykes to meet the brewery staff and review their accounts and security. He is assis ...more
Jill
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder is in the Air is a wonderful book that takes you back to a much gentler, slower-paced time, post WWI, in North Yorkshire, England. Kate Shackleton, Private Investigator, and her assistant Jim Sykes, are called upon by William Lofthouse, owner of a local brewery, to look into some oddities in the operations at his Barleycorn Brewery. Kate contracts with William to send Jim to the brewery to investigate. Along the way, we meet the brewery owner's much younger wife Eleanor, and numerous empl ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of Murder is in the Air, the twelfth novel to feature 1930s private detective Kate Shackleton and her team.

Kate and her assistant, Jim Sykes, are asked to go to the Barleycorn Brewery to investigate some strange incidents and when there they get caught up in wages clerk Ruth Parnaby’s efforts to become the Northern Breweries’ beauty queen. On one of Ruth’s first engagements, a garden party at the brewery, Kate finds the d
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Mystica
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1920s Yorkshire is still a rather traditional place. With a view of increasing business, an idea to have a competition for a woman of the area to be a representive of the Yorkshire pubs and ale in particular are put in place. The story is set amongst the brewing industry in Yorkshire and the descriptions of both the lifestyle of not just the owners of these breweries but the actual lives of those who work both in the breweries and in the pubs and the women that support them, added a lot of chara ...more
Brenda
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title "Murder Is In The Air" tugged at my curiosity and imagination...what could "in the air" be?

Set in 1930 post-war England, in a bid to revitalize towns and industries, exceptional female employees from several districts are selected to compete to become "queen". This includes public events, contests and speeches by contestants. But this is interrupted by murder. Kate Shackleton, a private investigator, had been invited to the events prior to this so did some digging along with her collea
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Debra Davidson-Smith
Murder is in the Air – Frances Brody
I’m in two minds about this book – the story is well told and I really enjoyed the atmosphere Brody creates and how her female characters are refreshingly feisty, strong and intelligent.
But for anyone like me who is new to this series, it’s frustratingly hard to get to grips with who all the recurring characters are. There’s an assumption made that readers will all be familiar with their backstories and descriptions from previous books and so we are told noth
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Brenda
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title "Murder Is In The Air" tugged at my curiosity and imagination...what could "in the air" be?

Set in 1930 post-war England, in a bid to revitalize towns and industries, exceptional female employees from several districts are selected to compete to become "queen". This includes public events, contests and speeches by contestants. But this is interrupted by murder. Kate Shackleton, a private investigator, had been invited to the events prior to this so did some digging along with her collea
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Sandra
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Murder is in the Air is another book in Frances Brody's series about Kate Shackleton, investigator in the 1930's.

This time, story is set in a brewery, where local brewery queen Ruth finds a dead body. There are many suspects, one of them even her mean spirited father. So it's up to Kate to help but she will really have to try her hardest to be able to solve the murder.

I enjoy this series, because I especially like the main protagonist, She is smart and level-headed, she is inquisitive but doesn'
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Nancy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but as my first experience with a novel in this series, I felt that its strength would be as part of the series, rather than as a stand-alone reading experience.

The Publisher's Summary set the story in the 1930's--but nothing in the text gave you a specific time frame other than the manner of country living and period details of a business using horses. That felt like more than an oversight to me to start an historical novel without a time-line. And, the author must have ass
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Jen Yonit
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little bit to get into this book as the writing style is pretty different than other books I've been reading more recently. After time it reminded me very much of the Agatha Christie/miss Marple style and as the cast of characters and story unfolded I was sucked in.

The story begins with a hiring of a detective, but without a clear mystery. Through the story there are several mysteries that come up and are solved a different paces. The list of characters includes a colorful assortmen
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Siusan
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death and the Brewery Queen by Frances Brody is a wonderful addition to the Kate Shackleton series. Kate and her assistant, Jim Sykes are called in by the husband of Kate’s friend, William Lofthouse, to help figure out some issues at his brewery. About a third of the way into the story a murder takes place and is solved and then almost immediately after another murder takes place. I was pleasantly surprised by this plot twist. The cast of characters all seem to have dark secrets in their past ma ...more
Janet
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This is a gentle-paced historical mystery. It is the twelfth book in this enjoyable series featuring Kate Shackleton and Jim Sykes and is set in the spring of 1930. Kate and Sykes are engaged to carry out work for the owner of a brewery who is struggling to keep on top of his business. Before long they find themselves dealing with murder.
I have enjoyed reading this series for a number of years now. The story is nicely paced with multiple plot lines. As always the characters are likeable and Kat
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Christine
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Private investigator Kate Shackleton is hired by brewery owner William Lofthouse to discover if there is something going on in his brewery. After years of success, the brewery has experienced some uneven patches. Lofthouse has been awaiting the return of his nephew and heir James from Germany.and he wants to be sure all the bookkeeping is in order. Kate's employee Jim Sykes is sent to comb through the accounts. and he discovers some irregularities that lead to a surprising source. A side story i ...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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