Today I’m one of the stops on the blog tour for Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody and I’m delighted to be able to share my review with you all!
*Many thanks to Clara at Little Brown for my review copy!*
About the book:
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 . . .
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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.
Cosy mysteries are not something I usually read, in fact, I think this is possibly the first one I’ve ever read. I’m used to my crime books being violent and gory so this was very different. Also, it’s set in the 1920’s, so well outside my usual era too!
Death at the Seaside follows private investigator Kate Shackleton who is on holidays in Whitby and upon her arrival, stumbles in on a murder victim in a jewellery store. Incidentally, this store is where she and her now-deceased husband purchased their wedding rings so she had been perusing out of nostalgia when she happened upon the scene.
Initially going to visit her friend Alma, mother of her goddaughter Felicity, Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation AND a missing persons case. Felicity has disappeared and nobody knows where she has gone so needless to say, Kate tries to find out what’s happened there too!
I found Death at the Seaside to be quite an intriguing read. It was all very gentle, if that makes sense. The characters were all very proper, and they were well written. I think Whitby and its surrounding areas also sounds like a lovely place to visit. Frances Brody has a clear talent for this genre of crime. These are a series of books and there are a couple of references to the past, which I’m guessing would be found by reading the series from the beginning.
All in all, I enjoyed Death at the Seaside. It was a nice, easy read. One I found myself wanting to get back to reading if I had to stop, and I also found myself thinking about the story too! If you like cosy crime, with some mystery thrown in, then Death at the Seaside is one for you!
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