Posted By Claire on February 28, 2014
The background to this novel is set in the 1920s with flash backs to the Boer War. The plot centres around an amateur production of a play in Harrogate with murder and robberies incorporated to keep the reader interested to the end. The first chapter opens with the heroine Kate and her assistant Jim Sykes leaving for an appointment in a 1910 blue Jowett convertible. Those with knowledge of vintage cars will know what this is. I assume it is something to be excited about but we all know what assuming does!
I was not expecting to have the answers to some of the mysteries as the story moved along. This is a different way of storytelling from any I have read before and it could lead the reader to think that the end will be an anti-climax. I can assure you it isn’t. Brody seems to keep the intrigue going right up to the final chapter and I didn’t guess who the perpetrator of the murder was. I thought it was another character altogether.
I would sum this up as a really good holiday read. Easy to pick up and put down but you will want to choose where in the tale to put it down as it is never dull.
Frances Brody’s “refreshingly complex heroine” (Kirkus Reviews), picks up a case that takes her to the refined streets of 1920s Harrogate in A Medal for Murder.
A pawn-shop robbery
It’s no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate in Yorkshire, England – and murder is only one step behind …
A fatal stabbing
A night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre’s midst.
A ransom demand
Kate likes nothing better than a mystery – and nothing better than solving them. So when a ransom note demands £1,000 for the safe return of the play’s leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate’s skills in piecing together clues – and luring criminals out of their lairs…
Series: Kate Shackleton Mystery (Book 2)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (January 14, 2014)
The book is available as a paperback and Kindle book from Amazon.com and Amazon UK, and you should be able to find it at your usual bookstore too.