Frances Brody

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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.


Interviewed 04 February 2017

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Didn’t mean to turn to crime, I was led astray.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Coffee mug; Dictionary of English Law; oil burner (rosemary); postcard for John Martin’s Crime Scene Britain and Ireland; postcard for next Bouchercon; toppled over ring binders; notebook; best pen; two pictures on glass by Sharon Yamamoto.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Avocado on toast, with fingers crossed that the avocado isn’t a dud.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Not all at the same time, Mam, Dad, Auntie Amy, Paul Robeson, Paul Scott, Alice Munro, Storm Jameson.

Six things you can't live without ...

The people closest to me, writing, books, Earl Grey tea, yoga, walking in the Dales.

Five favourite words ...

Have a drop of whisky.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Whitby; Littondale in North Yorkshire; Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, Coleton Fishacre in Devon.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day; Resorting to Murder, Holiday Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards; The Anatomy of Murder, by members of the Detection Club, introduced by Martin Edwards.

Two things that make you rant ...

Richer get richer, poor get poorer
Overuse of the word ‘get’

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Confused? - You will be.