Kate Shackleton Mysteries

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 148 ratings

Dying in the Wool Publisher's Summary

Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills, and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing under dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again. Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants to make one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress? Or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed.

©2012 Frances Brody (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Dying in the Wool

    • A Kate Shackleton Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills, and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing under dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again. Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants to make one last attempt at finding her father. Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Fluff & Nonsense

    • By Sara on 01-03-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Dying in the Wool

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Sandra Hunt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire! Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

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  • Book 2

    • A Medal for Murder

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    It's no rest for the wicked when 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 the wealthy neighborhoods of Harrogate - and murder is only one step behind. A night at the theater 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 theater's midst. Kate likes nothing better than a mystery - except solving it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If I could only get past that VOICE!

    • By BNL on 04-12-14

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    • A Medal for Murder

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A Pawnshop Robbery: It's no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawnshop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate - and murder is only one step behind.... A Fatal Stabbing: A night at the theatre should be just what the doctor ordered - until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway.

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  • Book 3

    • Murder in the Afternoon

    • A Kate Shackleton Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stonemason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for help. When help arrives, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away? It seems like another unusual case requiring the expertise of Kate Shackleton. But for Kate this is one case where surprising family ties makes it her most dangerous and delicate yet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging story with very good narration

    • By Kathi on 08-02-14

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    • Murder in the Afternoon

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Young Harriet and her brother, Austin, have always been scared of the quarry where their stonemason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for some help. When help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted, and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?

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  • Book 4

    • A Woman Unknown

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes or tolerate his infidelity and is seeking a divorce.

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  • Book 5

    • Murder on a Summer's Day

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin, James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a maharajah last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond. Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category. Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels like an outsider in her sympathies.

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  • Book 6

    • Death of an Avid Reader

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    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. But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home.

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  • Book 7

    • A Death in the Dales

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Plagued with guilt, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the murder of the landlord of Langcliffe's tavern, believes that her testimony may have convicted the wrong man, but when she passes, the case seems closed. It just so happens, though, that Freda's nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who has decided to holiday in Langcliffe with her teenage niece, Harriet.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dry, lifeless narration sunk this one

    • By Sharon on 10-30-17

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    • A Death in the Dales

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    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. 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.

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  • Book 8

    • Death at the Seaside

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma, who works as a fortune-teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter, Felicity, has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

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    • Death at the Seaside

    • A Kate Shackleton Mystery
    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Nothing ever happens in August, so Kate goes off on a long-overdue holiday to Whitby to visit her friend Alma who works there as a fortune teller. She's been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but, upon arrival, she discovers that Alma's daughter, Felicity, has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is that the jeweler who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • worst in the series

    • By Sara on 04-19-18

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  • Book 9

    • Death in the Stars

    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive. During the eclipse, Selina's friend and costar Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can't help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year.

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  • Book 10

    • A Snapshot of Murder

    • Kate Shackleton Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Frances Brody
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Yorkshire, 1928. Indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton is taking a well-deserved break from her detective work and indulging in her other passion: photography. When her local Photographic Society proposes an outing, Kate jumps at the chance to visit Haworth and Stanbury, in the heart of Brontë country, the setting for Wuthering Heights. But when an obnoxious member of their party is murdered, the group is thrown into disarray. Is the murderer amongst them, or did the loud-mouthed Tobias have more enemies than they might have imagined? 

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