A murder most foul
When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe . . .
A village of secrets
But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.
The case of a lifetime
As the present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into the secrets that Freda left behind and realises that this courageous woman has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave. It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing roster of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting . . .
A Death in the Dales, set in the 20’s is an old school mystery story with shades of Christie and a lead female investigator who is great to follow along with.
The sense of place is terrific as is the sense of time and I really enjoyed this offering from Frances Brody – the first of hers I have read.
The mystery elements are well imagined and it is beautifully written – I loved Kate as a character and I loved Ms Brody’s descriptive style when it came to setting and the attitudes and outlook of the time.
The author has a sharp eye for human nature and the best parts of the story come within the interactions between all the characters, as Kate unravels the clues it is really fun to read.
Overall a great book – I’ll definitely be reading more.
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