Murder on a Summer's Day : Number 5 in series, Paperback Book

Murder on a Summer's Day : Number 5 in series Paperback

Part of the Kate Shackleton Mysteries series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness.

The India Office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a Maharajah, last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate.

He has with him a hugely valuable diamond.Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category.

Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels an outsider in her sympathies.

One thing she is sure of: her own skills and insights.

Qualities that she is sure will help her unravel the latest disappearance on that fateful summer's day . . .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349400587

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Kate is called in by her cousin to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a Maharaja from Bolton Abbey. There's lots of exotic colour to this book - Lydia, the Maharaja's lover is a magnificent creation, but somehow this book didn't quite grab me as it should.

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Once again, I wish that Kate would keep to the 'ordinary' folk of Yorkshire, and stop morphing into an Agatha Christie detective. The mystery of an Indian prince's demise at Bolton Abbey was all very exotic, and I love that the Maharaja's love affair was based on a kernel of history, but I prefer Kate best when she is using her 'chameleon' skills to chat with blunt-spoken Yorkshire women at the kitchen table, not flashing her aristocratic credentials and doing favours for the India Office. I thought the character seemed a bit 'off', anyway, during this mystery - losing her bottle, getting attacked, and then running over a little dog must have thrown Kate off her stride, I think.For all that, Lydia the farmer's daughter turned Folies Bergere dancer and royal companion more than made up for all the Machiavellian villains and missing diamonds best left to Christie. Creating a character who sounds like a cliché but doesn't act like one is no mean feat, yet Lydia totally won me over - I would love for her to make a guest appearance in another novel!

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