A Woman Unknown, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace.

His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes, or tolerate his infidelity, and is seeking a divorce. The Murder: When a chambermaid enters Runcie's hotel room, she is shocked to find that he is alone - and dead!

Suddenly Kate is thrown into the depths of an altogether more sinister investigation.

Can she uncover the truth of her most complex, and personal, case to date?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780749954970



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I wasn't even aware that the new Kate Shackleton novel by Frances Brody was on the shelves, until I spied a copy in the library! According to the author's blog, number five is in progress and a sixth mystery is planned, so I will have to keep my eyes peeled.Although I took slightly longer to polish off this story, compared to previous instalments, Frances Brody has delievered yet another intriguing mystery for her independent lady investigator to unravel. I thought the device of a 'woman unknown', hiring herself out to gentlemen who wish to set tongues wagging in order to guarantee an easy divorce, was a clever way to lead into a murder mystery, and the background shenanigans and red herrings happily tied my brain in knots throughout. I prefer when Kate sticks to the 'ordinary people' of Yorkshire, because hobnobbing with the rich and titled in a 1920s setting starts to read too much like Agatha Christie, but I enjoyed the messed up characters and convoluted coincidences anyway. And bravo for the nod to Jowett cars of Bradford!

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Am enjoying this series more and more. Kate is called in to investigate the wife of one of the typesetters at the local paper at the same time she gets entangled in the murder of a friend's estranged husband, who may have hired 'a woman unknown' to help facilitate their divorce. The reader knows that the two investigations are entwined, but when will Kate and Sykes find out? There's more about Kate's birth mother and her sister, who featured in the last book of the series. I particularly love the small details that Brody drops in, even for the most minor characters, which combined with decent plotting made this an enjoyable read.

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