REVIEW - A Death In The Dales by Frances Brody

Title: A Death in the Dales (Kate Shackleton Mystery)

Author: Frances Brody

Publisher: Piatkus

Release Date: 1st October 2015

Source: Copy Publisher

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.

It is the time of the year when it is crisp and cold outside (I'm in Scotland!) and I just want to cosy up with a cosy mystery.  So Frances Brody has not disappointed with her Kate Shackleton mysteries.

Taking us back to the 1920's, this novel takes Kate to the Yorkshire dales, her companion is her niece Harriet, who is convalescing from an illness and as she is a fourteen year old girl she has an opinion on everything!

They are staying in the house of Kate's gentleman friend Lucian, the house did belong to his late aunt and because of her there is a mystery to be solved.

A pub landlord murdered, the wrong man convicted, Lucian's aunt saw the murderer and till her dying day was convinced that the man she saw carrying out the murder was not the man in prison for the crime.  This led to her being ostracised by her fellow villagers who believe the right man was imprisoned.

Kate believes she can get to the bottom of it, to clear the man's name, to clear Lucian's aunts name but as she delves in to the past of the village she gets caught up in the affairs of the present.

For a small village there is quite the tangled web of intrigue and the presents problems seem to be connected to those events in the past.

Can Kate solve the mystery?

Cosy, compelling and wonderfully weaved, the landscape, the characters are just beautifully written.  I love these books as reading them is like taking a step back in to the past and discovering old friends there.

A death in the dales in a great read, so cosy up in your chair of choice and help Kate solve the mystery!

Thanks to Piatkus for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. Thanks for the review, Heather!

  2. I have been trying to read some more cozy mysteries lately, I read two of them in the last few weeks and I think I am taking a liking to the genre although I haven't quite found a book I really enjoyed in the genre. This sounds like an interesting series and I like how it sets in the past. It sounds like a great cozy mystery!

    1. The best cosy mystery books of all time have to be Miss Marple by Agatha Christie, they are the best!


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