Death of an Avid Reader : A Kate Shackleton Mystery, Paperback Book

Death of an Avid Reader : A Kate Shackleton Mystery Paperback

Part of the Kate Shackleton Mysteries series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A lady with a secret Kate Shackleton's sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton.

Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family.

Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case.

A mysterious killing in the library's basement But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home.

When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and - much to Kate's surprise - the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey! The most puzzling case in Kate's sleuthing history yet Convinced an innocent man has been blamed, Kate sets out to discover the truth.

Who would want Dr Potter dead? Does Lady Coulton's missing daughter hold a vital clue?

As the stories start to emerge in the seemingly quiet Leeds Library, Kate is learning fast that in this case, she can't judge a book by its cover ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780349400570

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Even though I said in a previous review that Frances Brody should return Kate to investigating local crimes by talking to local people, keeping to Leeds didn't really endear the sixth mystery in the series to me. I can't put my finger on exactly what was lacking - after all, there is the familiar Yorkshire setting, with a cameo role for the Leeds Subscription Library, and a good old fashioned 'long lost daughter' quest worthy of Agatha Christie - but I lost interest fairly quickly. Perhaps it was the monkey hijinks or the pantomime villain persona of the murderer, but this sequel read more like a quaintly comedic 'Victorian lady detective' adventure, than the engaging and evocative 1920s mysteries of the first four Kate Shackleton books. Even the author's usually immaculate sense of historical setting started to wander - former police detective Jim Sykes makes a 'citizen's arrest' about twenty years before the term was coined and the formal caution given to the killer sounded very modern, too. Or I could just have been nitpicking out of boredom! I have tried to remain loyal to a 'local author' - and the original investigation certainly piqued my attention - but I might have to wish Kate well and emigrate to Sweden for any future crime-solving characters.

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