Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton feels like she deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.
Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.
Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.And they say nothing happens in August . . .
Published: 6 October 2016
|Whitby - Yorkshire - England|
I'm a huge fan of Frances Brody's mystery series featuring the young amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, set in the years just after the First World War......and the 8th in the series doesn't disappoint at all. This could also be read as a stand alone if you haven't read any in this series.
As usual, Kate becomes involved in a murder, even though she's supposed to be on holiday, even discovering the man's body in his shop. This was the same jeweller who had sold an engagement and wedding ring to Kate and her fiance just before the War, and this was a lovely part of the story, hearing about how happy she was then, but sadly her husband didn't return from the War, like so many young men.
Along with this mystery, there's also a mystery of Kate's goddaughter Felicity who has gone missing.
I enjoy how Kate slowly unravels the clues, she's very clever, very astute,,....she asks the right questions and somehow gets the right answers. But it doesn't all go Kate's way, the local police suspect she is involved in the murder and she has to prove her innocence.
Full of wonderful eccentric characters, with so many little details from that era that make me feel as if I could be in the 1920's, I loved it!
About the Author
Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.
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