Frances Brody

Interviewed 04 February 2017

Frances Brody

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. She lives in Leeds.


Books by Frances Brody

A Snapshot of Murder

Kate Shackleton organises a photographic society outing to Haworth, the heart of Brontë country. But when the most obnoxious member of the party is murdered, her planned break from detection comes to an abrupt end.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by John Cleal

Death in the Stars

As eclipse fever grips Britain, music hall star Selina Fellini hires investigator Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party. But Kate finds herself trying to solve three possible murders among the cast.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by John Cleal

Death at the Seaside

War widow turned private investigator Kate Shackleton takes an overdue holiday to visit an old school friend and her goddaughter and discovers a body – and a wall of silence.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Cleal

A Death in the Dales

Investigator Kate Shackleton is loaned a cottage in a Dales village by her suitor – and plunged into a decade old mystery by documents suggesting a man hanged for murder was innocent.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

Death of an Avid Reader

Detective Kate Shackleton is hired by a titled lady to find her illegitimate daughter and her inquiries take her into the quiet of a Yorkshire library, the poverty-stricken back streets of Leeds, a series of murders – and a meeting with a very clever monkey!

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by John Cleal

Murder on a Summer's Day

It's 1924 and amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton investigates the disappearance of an Indian Prince who was riding on the Yorkshire moors. But diplomatic considerations get in the way of the truth until more murders and attempted murders force the authorities to act.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sylvia Wilson