Murder in the Afternoon : A Kate Shackleton Mystery, Paperback

Murder in the Afternoon : A Kate Shackleton Mystery Paperback

Part of the Kate Shackleton Mysteries series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


DEAD ONE MINUTE Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works.

So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for some help. ALIVE THE NEXT? When help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body.

Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away? A SINISTER DISAPPEARING ACT It seems like another unusual case requiring the expertise of Kate Shackleton.

But for Kate this is one case where surprising family ties makes it her most dangerous - and delicate - yet ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780749954871



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The third book in the series and one that takes an interesting turn, we've always known that Kate was adopted and this latest investigation brings her into contact with her birth family. Its an interesting investigation as well, two children visit their stonemason father and find him lying dead on his workshop floor, except when they return with adults, the body is gone. Is he really dead or has he run away following an argument with his wife? The local police, believing the latter, refuse to investigate, and Kate is called in by his wife to investigate. The missing man is politically active and has formed a fledgling union, could this be linked to his disappearance? I have a feeling that Brody has finally started to find her way in this series, and look forward to reading the next instalment.

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Another intriguing mystery for Frances Brody's lady detective, this time involving a shocking family connection. I must admit, the only detail really keeping me loyal to Kate is the West Yorkshire setting, but I do love the wry humour ('It doesn't amount to enough currants to throw at a bun from t'other end of kitchen'), period atmosphere, and the way Kate grows with each novel. There's the eccentric mother, dependable assistant, handsome lover, and even a drawerful of kittens, but something about Frances Brody's writing saves Kate from the usual cosy detective formula.As to the mystery, I picked up on the biggest clue, but failed to attribute the means to the right person or guess the motive. I was content to just sit back and motor around 1920s Leeds with Kate in her Jowett motor car! The characters are all very well drawn, however, from canny young Harriet to the plain-spoken Mrs Whittaker, who I hope will return in the next novel (if there is one!) And the epilogue was beautifully written, hopeful and haunting in equal measure.

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