Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review 'Death of an Avid Reader' by Frances Brody

Today I’m participating in the Blog Tour of ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ by Frances Brody. This book is already the sixth one in The Kate Shackleton mystery series.

I hope you enjoy your stay at ‘Maureen’s Books’.

The Book:

The sixth fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton!

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 . . .

About the series:


The Kate Shackleton Mystery series is a mystery series about a young female detective in the 1920s. ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ is already the sixth book in this series. 

The first book ‘Dying in the Wool’ came out in the UK in October 2009 and in the US in February 2012. The second book ‘A Medal for Murder’ was published in the UK in October 2010 and in the US in February 2013. The third book ‘Murder in the Afternoon’ followed publication in the UK in September 2011 and in the US in February 2014. The fourth book ‘A Woman Unknown’ was published in the UK in September 2012 and the fifth book ‘Murder on a Summer’s Day’ followed in October 2013. The sixth book ‘Death of Avid Reader’ is out today in the UK. 

My Review:

When I received ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ by Frances Brody, through the Little Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review I immediately fell in love with the cover. This cover just looks so normal and old and I just really loved it. Especially those stairs and the books. WOW!!
I was really curious about if I would like this book. Not because it’s a mystery, because even though I don’t read mysteries a lot I really like them, but because this mystery takes place in the 1920s.

In ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ detective Kate Shackleton receives a new assignment from Lady Coulton. Lady Coulton has a daughter only view know about, and now she wants Kate to find her. When Kate start her investigation she soon finds out this search won’t be as easy as previously thought. Soon after finding her first leads in this case she soon finds herself in the middle of a scandal closer to home. The body of Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library. At first these two cases seem to have nothing in common but soon Kate finds out that Lady Coulton’s missing daughter may hold a clue.

From the moment I started reading ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style of Frances Brody. Most times I’m not a real fan of books written in the style of the 1920s, but in this book I found it really enjoyable. I found myself getting grabbed into the lifestyle and the language of the 20s. And I really loved the mystery and the clue finding part.

What I loved most about this book was the way a woman, Kate Shackleton, was out there doing an amazing job, when in that time most woman weren’t supposed to have another job than taking care of the children and cleaning the house. I really loved that part.
And off course I really enjoyed the scenes in the library. All that mystery between all those books! Great!

I can’t believe ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ is already the sixth Kate Shackleton mystery and I never heard of them before. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to all cozy mystery lovers out there.

What other have to say about the book:

Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs in a subgroup of young, female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences. As self-reliant women in a society that still regards them a second-class citizens, they make excellent heroines
— Literary Review

This is whimsical, colourful stuff and readers will warm to the entrepreneurial yet fragile Kate
— Take a Break

Kate Shackleton is a splendid heroine
— Ann Granger

Kate Shackleton is a delightful leading character. The flavour of post First World War England is beautifully portrayed. An enjoyable and gripping mystery story

Refreshing and highly entertaining, especially for the winter nights
— Gazette and Herald

Frances Brody succeeds brilliantly. . . Her post-war world in which making any sort of living is hard grind and where an independent career woman is viewed with hostility is entirely convincing. Kate is a heroine to like and admire. . . Her further adventures are eagerly awaited
— The Daily Mail

Brody's excellent mystery splendidly captures the conflicts and attitudes of the time with well-developed characters
— RT Book Reviews

About the Author:

Frances Brody is the author of five mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton 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.

For more information about Frances Brody and The Kate Shackleton mystery novels please visit her website, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.

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