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Dying in the Wool

A Kate Shackleton Mystery

Frances Brody

Minotaur Books

“Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.” —Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

 

"[Dying in the Wool] introduces a refreshingly complex heroine and adds a fine feeling for the postwar period." —Kirkus Reviews

 

Take one quiet Yorkshire village

 

Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart.  Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens…

 

Add a measure of mystery

 

Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

 

A sprinkling of scandal

 

Now Joshua’s daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father.  Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

 

And Kate Shackleton—amateur sleuth extraordinaire!

 

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles.  So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua’s mysterious disappearance in this charming traditional mystery by Frances Brody?  But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed…

“Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.” —Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

 

"[Dying in the Wool] introduces a refreshingly complex heroine and adds a fine feeling for the postwar period." —Kirkus Reviews

 

Take one quiet Yorkshire village

 

Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart.  Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens…

 

Add a measure of mystery

 

Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

 

A sprinkling of scandal

 

Now Joshua’s daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father.  Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

 

And Kate Shackleton—amateur sleuth extraordinaire!

 

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles.  So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua’s mysterious disappearance in this charming traditional mystery by Frances Brody?  But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed…

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Dying in the Wool
1Spinning the YarnMy name's Kate Shackleton. I'm thirty-one years old, and hanging onto freedom by the skin of my teeth. Because I'm a widow my mother wants me back by her side. But I've tasted independence. I'm not about to drown in polite society all over again.Seven o'clock on a fine April morning, cosy under my blankets and red silk eiderdown. Through the open curtains I looked at the blue sky with its single small white cloud. In Batswing Wood, a blackbird sang. A crow alighted on my window ledge, head tilted, beady eye peering as I swung myself out of bed, planted my
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Praise for Dying in the Wool

Praise for DYING IN THE WOOL:

“Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.” --Literary Review

“[A] winning tale.” –The Independent (UK)

“Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.” --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

 

“A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again...” —Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains

Praise for DYING IN THE WOOL:

“Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.” --Literary Review

“[A] winning tale.” –The Independent (UK)

“Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end.” --Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series

 

“A winning heroine, a fresh and fascinating setting, richly detailed and well-woven into the plot, and a mystery that twists and tightens and twists again...” —Catriona McPherson, author of Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains

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DYING IN THE WOOL by Frances Brody | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of DYING IN THE WOOL . A World War I widow takes up sleuthing.
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Fiction Review: Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody. Minotaur, $24.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-62239-8
Amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, whose usual avocation is searching for servicemen who went missing during the Great War, faces a tight deadline in Brody's stately second English historical (after 2010
- Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Frances Brody

  • FRANCES BRODY lives in Leeds. Before turning to crime, she wrote historical sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium.
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