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Death and the Brewery Queen

(Kate Shackleton #12)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  137 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
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Literary Redhead
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.

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This book didn't take long to read but it's been sitting in my 'reading' list because I mislaid it and then had library book deadlines.

The most recent in the Kate Shackleton series was a lovely light read, with some now familiar characters, and a murder I thought was too simple in solution to be the end of the story, but it turned out that wasn't the main mystery to be solved after all. It did keep me turning pages towards the end to find out what would happen.

The story is set partly in a brew
Graeme Roberts
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this quite intricate and detailed story, which managed to be unpredictable yet entirely plausible. The characters are interesting and well drawn; I am looking forward to other books in the series to again meet Kate Shackleton, an intelligent, kind, and no-nonsense private investigator, widowed by the Great War, and Jim Sykes, her utterly reliable assistant, who is an ex-policeman, forensic accountant, and investigational factotum.

My greatest dislike in mystery novels is clues that are la
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
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
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
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
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
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by Frances Brody
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
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
2021 bk 130. I love Frances Brody's writing style - how we can see the main character's thought processes, but at the same time see what is going on among the people around her. That said, this book was written more in the style of a novel with multiple mysteries going on - and each solved one after another instead of one massive solving at the end of the book. This had the least mourning for her husband in her concern for other women who had lost their husbands/lovers - and I say 'excellent' th ...more
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
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
Eager Reader
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What could be more English than a murder in an English Brewery. This is reminiscent of the golden age mysteries with a small English village and detectives coming onto the scene trying to sort out why there have been a series of incidents that undermine the local brewery, and largest employer. The detective team is engaging but the focus stays on figuring the puzzle which is solved mid book as the murders move to a more important focus. It's a fun summer read and I'll look for more in the series ...more
Have I finally developed a liking for the Kate Shackleton mysteries? I rather think I have, or at least I've developed a habit of picking up a new one when I see it. Kate is hired by a brewer in 1930's Yorkshire to investigate who is trying to sabotage his plant. Then there's a hit-and-run death of someone who may know something. The culprit seems only too obvious, and is indeed tagged for the crimes. But we're only halfway through the story! Then there's another death--and the first killer is s ...more
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
Sandra Danby
‘Death and the Brewery Queen’, twelfth in the Kate Shackleton 1930s detective series by Frances Brody, is a story of two halves and two murders. As always, sensible Kate is on hand to bring calm and control to a messy situation.
Kate and her sidekick Jim Sykes are employed by a brewery owner to sort out some business irregularities at Barleycorn Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire. Is it a matter of employee pilfering, aggressive competitors, inefficiency or fraud? This is a low-key beginning, a g
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Oct 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm done with this series. While I'm sure the book was well researched, it rambled on with multiple stories, none of which really intrigued or even entertained me. ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Alison C
Nov 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Shackleton has an appointment with William Lofthouse, a brewer with a much young artist wife and an errant nephew who is to be his heir; there have been some minor financial problems with the business and William would like Kate - or rather, her male associate Jim Sykes - to delve into the accounts so that he can be sure that everything is ship-shape for his nephew to take over. Kate is happy to oblige, but soon the problems multiply, including the sudden death of William’s treasured secret ...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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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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