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Take one quiet Yorkshire village, Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens.Add a measure of mystery ...Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.A sprinkling of scandal ...Now Joshua's daughTake one quiet Yorkshire village, Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens.Add a measure of mystery ...Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.A sprinkling of scandal ...Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?And Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire!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....

Title : Dying in the Wool
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Dying in the Wool Reviews

  • CarolynStorer
    2019-03-15 22:36

    3.5 StarsDying in the Wool is a delightful book. It's everything I hoped it would be for a cosy mystery. I really enjoyed the authors writing style, it's beautiful and very English. The time is set in the 1920's and the descriptive detail of the countryside and small village of Bridgestead is so vivid I could literally have been there.Kate Shackleton is a wonderful character and I connected with her immediately. She's a very determined soul in a time when women were still treated as second class citizens. A widow pursuing a great love of photography and solving mysteries.Kate is sweet and yet assertive, and although trembles internally at conflict, outwardly glows confidence and assurance. Her insecurities warmed me to her and yet I loved the fact she was also strong when she needed to be.She has also had heart ache in her past, losing her husband to the war, but because his body was never found, cannot truly let herself believe he is dead. I really enjoyed this underlying story. It gives Kate more depth as a character and makes me want to read future books and discover whether her fears or hopes are realised.However, Dying in the Wool has it's very own mystery to solve with the disappearance of Joshua Braithwaite, and Kate takes on her first professional job when she's hired to find him by her friend, and Braithwaite's daughter, Tabitha.I found Kate's sleuthing very entertaining, and although at times the story dragged a little, it soon picked up again with a dead body or two! Kate is extremely capable as a private investigator and totally holds her own in such a male dominated society.The other characters present were all very well rounded and they all had a definite part to play in the unravelling mystery of Joshua Braithwaite. I liked Kate's friend Tabitha and I felt her anguish with regards to her father's disappearance, until that is the last couple of chapters when she turned on Kate quite unexpectedly. Even with Kate nearly being killed herself, Tabitha revoked Kate's invitation to her wedding because she didn't like the outcome. This does not a friend make!Dying in the Wool is, for the majority, from Kate's first person point of view, but there are a few chapters scattered throughout which are from the third person perspective of other characters, which gives us details of their lives surrounding the time Joshua Braithwaite went missing. I didn't understand why this was done as once the mystery came to it's satisfying conclusion, I didn't see the need for these additional chapters and if they were not included wouldn't have detracted anything from the story.Also, because Kate was not present, I felt I was given information that even my narrator didn't know about and this didn't seem right for a mystery. If these chapters were not included it would also have made the story a tad shorter, which in my opinion, would have been a welcome edit.VERDICT:Dying in the Wool is a very gentle book, but with a lot of substance. I loved the 1920s setting, which is described incredibly well. I am very much looking forward to reading the next mystery featuring Kate Shackleton, A Medal for Murder - a review will be coming soon!

  • Susan in Perthshire
    2019-03-14 21:31

    Read a review on here which encouraged me to try out these mysteries. I have loved the Maisie Dobbs series and (in particular in the early novels), was impressed with Miss Winspear's authentic recreation of the times. In Frances Brody's series, Kate Shackleton is a widow who takes up the role of private investigator after the end of WW1. The descriptions of the locations, the environment and the social scene in the early 1920s is beautifully done. I was drawn in from the beginning and really liked Kate who seems a much warmer, realistic individual already! The characters are well drawn and believable and the plot developments work well. I liked the humour as well as the social history insights. The writer wears her scholarship lightly but has clearly done a lot of research. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series and getting to know Kate better!

  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-02-24 18:42

    I believe I have reached my limits with this one, and I have decided to set it aside. I really like reading a good British mystery that is light and cozy, once in a while. However, this one is too light and not cozy at all in my opinion. Unless ''cozy'' means being bored to death.The writing is stalled as well as the interactions between the characters, the story goes on and on, because the author has put the heroine walking in circles, deliberately, to add more pages to the book. Kate Shackelton is not a particularly interesting sleuther either, certainly not enough to make me want to finish the novel. How many times can one read her wardrobe's content? She starts each step of the investigation by describing her choice of clothes for the day, and frankly, this is boring. When I am reading a mystery and I don't feel compelled to return and see how things will conclude, then it is time to abandon it. In my opinion, this is one of the worst cozy mysteries I have come across.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-02 19:30

    This the 1st book in the series, but the 2nd that I read. I was correct in that there was more backstory than what was revealed in the 2nd book. So kudos for not revisiting every little thing in book 2.However, there was so much shoved into this book, it was like a particularly heavy dumpling to try and digest. Overwritten, with too many little side... story-ettes. A reader could be forgiven for thinking that the author intended to never write another book.There was a cat, a photography contest, auntie's birthday party, VAD club, battered wife, housekeeper and hobby, romance (? for the heroine? or not? one? or two?). Then add 3 chapters from different POVs from the past, that did nothing a decent exposition could not have revealed (and in far fewer words).No minor plot stone was left unturned in this literary hodgepodge. But the main character is appealing, in spite of it.The fact that I know the tone is a bit lighter (and not QUITE so overwritten) in book 2 leaves me willing to tackle book 3, which I would not have been if book 1 had been my only experience. There is room for improvement... here's hoping.

  • Karen
    2019-03-20 21:26

    A quiet Yorkshire village is shaken by a scandalous secret ... This is quirky historical crime fiction with a wonderfully whimsical female narrator.I did like the main character/detective/narrator - the book takes place just after WW1 in England. The main character has just taken her first paying private investigation case for a friend of hers. Kate is hired to find Tabby's father who has been missing and presumed dead for 4 years.The book just dragged and dragged on, though, so I didn't really enjoy it - I only completed it because I liked Kate Shackleford as the main character. She has an assistant, Mr. Sykes, who was almost completely overlooked, I would have liked to see more of his character.If there is a 2nd book in this series, maybe she will develop Mr Sykes character a little and move the story on a little faster.

  • Mandy
    2019-02-23 01:43

    This was a promising start to this series, and as the book progressed I liked it more and more.I liked the main character of Kate Shackleton, but I thought that some of the other characters in the book could have been fleshed out a little more. Sykes for example, whose history was hinted at now and then.Having said that, those were the only characters I actually took a liking to. I found everyone else completely insufferable. Oh, except for Mrs Sugden. I did like Mrs Sugden.I did find it a little difficult to get into the book, and it irritated me that in the first chapter the author found it necessary to mention all the details she did about life in the 1920's. I felt she could have done this throughout the story, not within a couple of pages.I did not guess what the outcome of the case would be, so I thought the author did well there, as I usually guess the endings easily in a cosy mystery story. All in all, a pleasant read that improved as I went on, and I will be interested in reading more of the series.

  • Penny
    2019-02-25 18:26

    I read this for a bit of light relief but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There's no gore or blood and guts but the characters, settings and twists and turns were great.It's just after WW1 and Kate Shackleton's husband is 'missing in action'. Kate has helped other families find husbands,sons, brothers who are missing from their homes for a variety of reasons and now an old friend gets in touch and actually hires Kate to help solve the mystery of her father's death. Kate is solid, sensible and funny at times.I will be reading more of Ms Brody!

  • Damaskcat
    2019-02-28 17:41

    Kate Shackleton - widowed during World War I - has made a reputation for herself finding missing people. Her friend Tabitha asks her if she will try and find her missing father before her own wedding. Kate at first is reluctant to do so as she feels it is impossible after nearly 7 years to find Joshua Braithwaite - alive or dead, and she's not comfortable being paid for something she's always done free. She decided to try because there seemed to be a lot about Joshua's disappearance which hadn't been explained. The more information Kate uncovers the more uneasy she becomes. Ably assisted by Jim Sykes - a former policeman - Kate uncovers a tangled web of relationships and secrets.Interspersed with a few of flashbacks to 1916 when Joshua went missing, the story is narrated by Kate. The style is down to earth and easy to read with flashes of humour. I liked both Jim and Kate and I thought all the characters were realistic and true to their time. I enjoyed the story which had the right degree of complexity and enough clues to lead the reader to the right conclusion though there were plenty of red herrings.If you enjoy crime stories which are a bit different, with not too much violence, you will enjoy this one. This is an excellent start to the series and I've just (2014) read the book for the second time and enjoyed it even more.

  • Aoife
    2019-03-19 17:49

    One of the the most pleasant reading-surprises I've had for a while. I thought it was just another typical cozy-mystery. Nothing wrong with cozis but in many cases the characters with all their quirks are slightly more interesting then the crime-plot itself but not here. Both characters and plot are much more complex than I'm used to from other cozys. Kate does have some quirks but stays a solid character you can empathise with and none of the other characters seems stereotyoical or exagerated.And last but not least: I didn't have a clue who it was till the very end, which is after all also not that unimportant in crime-stories :)

  • Nann
    2019-03-07 21:21

    Thanks goes to the unknown donor who left a copy of this book on the library's paperback rack at the local train station. This is the first in the Kate Shackleton mysteries featuring a genteel lady detective in the 1920's. Joshua Braithwaite, mill owner in Yorkshire, went missing seven years previously. His daughter Tabitha is about to be married and asks her friend Kate to find out what happened to him. Kate does, and in the process uncovers family secrets. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequels. [Fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will like Kate.]

  • Arpita (BagfullofBooks)
    2019-03-04 23:22

    This a ‘cozy’ mystery set in post World War I Yorkshire. It is the first in the detective series starring an amateur sleuth- Kate Shackleton. In this case, Kate investigates the inexplicable disappearance of the father of an old friend of hers. The man in question, was a fabric mill owner. Though the characters in the story were well drawn and the details of the period depicted sounded authentic, the story failed to grip me.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-03 18:29

    The first in a mystery series, Kate Shackleton is an interesting character. A widow after World War I, Kate becomes involved in searching for missing in action soldiers. This endeavor evolves into a career as a private detective. In her first case, we are introduced to Kate, Mr. Sykes her sidekick, and others. Looking forward to further installments. Available on Overdrive.

  • Renee
    2019-02-24 00:31

    If you like Maisie Dobbs or Phryne Fisher or P.D. James' An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, you'd find this first-in-a-series up your alley.

  • Jane Taylor
    2019-02-22 01:20

    Good mystery. Good plot and development of characters. Enjoyed reading it very much. The era this was written in was fascinating even though the protagonist is a woman doing business and in a mans world.

  • Terri
    2019-02-27 18:50

    I enjoy Kate Shackleton, Frances Brody's 1920s detective, very much. Having served in the war, she's an appealingly practical and unsentimental hero, tootling around in her motor and cheerfully prying into the business of everyone she knows. Her ex-policeman assistant and her supportive housekeeper are also appealing characters who I'd like to get to know better.However, the central mystery wasn't compelling enough to keep my attention. I would happily read more of Kate's observations of the people she meets and more about her life as a single woman at an unforgiving time to be one, but I didn't care whodunnit, which is a definite issue for a mystery novel.

  • Jan
    2019-03-07 21:35

    At one point in “Dying in the Wool,” private investigator Kate Shackleton’s assistant claims they are “plodding in the dark.” I had to laugh. This novel was nothing if not plodding.A little background: A PI-by-accident, Kate is an appealing, independent 31-year-old, who is about to undertake her first case for pay. It is 1923, Yorkshire, England. Ex-policeman Jim Sykes (“Mr. Plod”) assists her in solving the mysterious disappearance 7 years earlier of wealthy mill owner Joshua Braithwaite.At first hesitant to elevate her status from amateur to professional -- does she really have the requisite skills? -- Kate agrees because the client is a friend, Tabitha Braithwaite, and because she thoroughly sympathizes with Tabitha’s reluctance to believe her father is dead. Kate’s husband, a surgeon, was last seen in France near the end of the war -- and Kate wants so much to believe he is still alive.Joshua Braithwaite’s disappearance came two days after his unconscious body was discovered by several Boy Scouts in a stream near their campsite. Certain parties believed he had attempted suicide, which in that time could have resulted in a prison sentence. The local constable chose instead to place him in a hospital for observation. The next afternoon Braithwaite was nowhere to be found.So Kate is immediately faced with two dilemmas: why and how did Tabitha’s father end up in the water? and why did he leave the hospital, never to be heard from again? Neither of these questions had been answered in the immediate investigations (and why was that?). And when Kate’s fledgling probing is followed by the baffling deaths of two mill workers, the convolutions begin.There are the fiance, the doctor, the “uncle,” the fortune teller, and her husband, all of whom may be hiding pertinent information, plus disgruntled workers, illegal wartime activities, a mysterious painting, an explosion at a munitions plant, and the war death of the Braithwaite son. There is a puzzling appearance by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are infatuations and affairs, rumored and otherwise. And there is the daughter who desperately wants her father to be alive and the wife who doesn’t.Oh, and the deadline: 5 weeks hence when Tabitha -- herself something of an enigma -- will be getting married and dreams of walking down the aisle with her father.I was befuddled. I mixed up Albert, Arnold, and Arthur, Stafford and Stoddard, Bradford, Bridgestead, and Braithwaites. I couldn’t keep track of Kate’s discoveries and their relevance, so I just kept plodding along. I prefer that a mystery chug along nicely and not get derailed by the reader’s confusions of who, what, and where.Kate Shackleton has now appeared in Brody’s second in the series, “A Medal for Murder.” Maybe her first case will have taught Kate a few things, but I haven’t decided yet if I care to find out.

  • Mo
    2019-03-01 19:20

    There were several things that I liked about this book.• I liked the main character, especially her sarcastic (sometimes snarky) thoughts and comments. • I enjoyed the author’s writing style. The book was very “readable”.• The mystery kept me fully engaged.• I liked the setting of an English countryside.What I didn’t like was… (view spoiler)[• ’Mr Murgatroyd, why did you not go to Milton House when Mr Braithwaite asked you to, on the morning of 21 August?’ He hesitated for just too long. ‘That was the week of our family holiday in the Lake District.’ Behind him, Miss Conway turned, surprise showing on her face. She took a breath as if about to speak, then thought better of it and returned to her own office. - Dying in the WoolAnd do you know why Mr. Murgatroyd did not respond to Joshua Braithwaite’s summons in his hour of need? I can’t help you, because I don’t know. The author never had Kate follow up on this promising lead, even though she was grasping at any straw she could, trying to come up with a plausible theory. Kate never tracked Miss Conway for further questioning, nor did she do any investigation of this extraordinary behavior from a solicitor toward one of his biggest clients. The entire incident became irrelevant to the story.• Tabitha flung out her arm. Something (a treasured memento of Kate’s from her dead husband) whizzed through the air. I(Kate) turned to see the brandy flask hit the beck, clattering onto the stepping stones. I wanted to retrieve it but was shaking too hard. - Dying in the WoolSo Tabitha was supposedly a good enough friend after their time together in the VAD that Kate would drop everything to rush to help her. Tabitha supposedly selected Kate because she could TRUST her. But when Tabitha does not hear what she wants to hear, she insults Kate, doesn’t believe her, and maliciously damages something precious to Kate. In fact, she never speaks to her again, and this is after Kate almost DIES in the pursuit of this case. And Kate’s reaction to all this? Not much.• I told the police the truth, but not the whole truth. What was it that kept me silent about Evelyn’s Braithwaite’s admission? Perhaps it was for Tabitha’s sake, or because of the lengths to which Stoddard had gone to protect Evelyn. - Dying in the WoolI really disliked the ending. I think Kate should have told the police what she learned about Evelyn. I have a problem with letting the murderer get off scot free. (hide spoiler)]The whole time I was reading it, I waffled between 3 and 4 stars. The ending ultimately decided the matter for me.

  • Susan in NC
    2019-03-17 21:25

    I really enjoyed this first outing with Kate Shackleton, budding private investigator in post-WWI Yorkshire. When this story opens Kate, a former nurse in the Great War, has quietly investigated several cases of soldiers who went missing in the fog of war; she gets satisfaction in finding answers for grieving families, and it had helped her cope with the loss of her own missing-in-action husband. But now a fellow nursing volunteer from the war years, Tabitha Braithewaite, has contacted Kate and offered to pay for her detecting services, asking our heroine to track down her missing father before her upcoming wedding. Kate enters Tabitha's world of a small Yorkshire village dominated by the local mill and the family that runs it, and right away stirs up the locals with her motor car and her camera and her questions; luckily Kate's father, who is a highly ranked police superintendent, has recommended former police officer Joe Sykes as a sidekick to assist her behind the scenes with her investigation. Sikes is invaluable and a fun and funny character, and he and Kate have good chemistry. Author Brody does a great job bringing the time and place alive, and the reader feels the deep losses inflicted by the Great War that will continue to reverberate down the years, influencing, molding and limiting the futures of so many people regardless of age, class or background.I look forward to looking for the rest of the books in this series and find Brody worthy of comparisons to the post-WWI mysteries of Jacqueline Winspear starring Maisie Dobbs; as much as I like Maisie, I have to say I think I like Kate more for her flashes of humor and stiff upper lip.

  • Celine
    2019-03-19 18:47

    A while ago I read Death of an Avid Reader, the sixth book in the Kate Shackleton series. While I quite enjoyed that one, I never felt the particular need to pick up another in the series. Last week, I noticed to my alarm that I had almost finished both books I brought with me on a trip. Imagine having to travel without reading material?! As this is obviously distressing, I made my way to the nearest book store immediately. The problem is, I wanted some light reading. And it seems as if the trend nowadays is very serious books. Books with difficult stories and heavy messages and bleak outcomes. Truly, not what I was in the mood for for my eight-hour train ride.It took me over half an hour to find a suitably "light" book, and finally my eye fell on Dying in the Wool. It's a "cozy" mystery, in which people die but where the killer is always caught and the main characters are safe from harm. The mystery was what I was expecting - our sleuthing leading lady is called in by a friend to find her missing father. It was nice to see how Kate develops from helpful friend to professional private detective, and I find Ms Brody balances modern sentiment and historical attitudes very well. Kate is plucky, independent, and lovely, but her actions aren't anachronistic for the 1920s. While I enjoyed Dying in the Wool, I did think the book didn't flow all that well during the first half. I'm not sure whether this is Ms Brody's debut novel, but it did read like one at times. Luckily, I already know that her writing much improves over the course of the next few novels. If I ever feel like a cozy mystery again, I'll pick up another Kate Shackleton.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-12 21:41

    Dying in the Wool3.5 StarsIn the aftermath of the Great War, Kate Shackleton is coping with the loss of her own husband by helping those whose loved ones have disappeared during the conflict. When an acquaintance for her days in the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) asks for help in locating her missing father, a successful mill owner, Kate takes on the case. But not everyone is as eager for Kate to dig into the lives and secrets of the small Yorkshire village of Bridgestead, and she might just have bitten off more than she can chew. An interesting cozy mystery with a likeable heroine, and the author captures the nuances of the changing social norms following WWI very well. Kate is an appealing heroine mainly due to the fact that she epitomizes the type of woman who was no longer willing to stay home and play hostess once the war ended. She is independent, self-sufficient and determined to make a place for herself in the world. The twists and turns in the investigation into Joshua Braithwaite's disappearance are intriguing, but the pacing is rather slow and Kate often seems to be running around in circles. Nicola Barber's narration of the audiobook is engaging. She has an excellent range of accents and is skilled at both the male and female voices. Overall, a solid historical mystery with well-developed characters. However, as someone who prefers a bit of romance with her suspense, the lack of a love interest for Kate is disappointing and it is unlikely that I will continue with the series.

  • Panda Incognito
    2019-03-15 19:26

    Screamingly dull! When you can skim entire chapters two-thirds through a book and miss hardly anything plot relevant, the novel needs an overhaul. I liked this amateur sleuth, and the reveal was all right, but it took so many meandering, plodding, irrelevant pages to reach it that I had completely lost all the interest that I had at the beginning. The mystery had no real stakes, no character development occurred, and no one needed anything enough for me to stay engaged. The only reason the story kept going, and the only reason I kept reading, was to discover "whodunnit," but it wasn't worth reading hundreds of pages for that. It's possible that this author improved later in the series, but I don't think I can bear to risk reading another one of her books.Update: Months after I wrote this review, I gave "Death of an Avid Reader" a try because I found the premise so appealing. I liked that book, have now read more from the series, and can attest that it does get better later on.

  • Terri
    2019-02-21 19:34

    Kate Shakleton's friend is getting married and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle - only her father has been missing for years. So she begs Kate to find him since she had luck in the past finding missing soldiers after the war. Kate does so and finds secrets that do not bode well.I really enjoyed the setting and details of this book. The Mill town is described well and each chapter begins with a piece of information about weaving textiles that I found a nice bonus.Kate is likeable and I look forward to more of her adventures

  • Marie
    2019-03-20 01:21

    I quite enjoyed this first in a series by Frances Brody. It is set in England in the years immediately following World War I, in a small village where the major industry is in dyeing and weaving wool fabrics. It is quite a revelation to us in the ease of our lives to read of the incredible hardships most people endured as a matter of course in their lives. I enjoy books where I can learn something about people and places far removed from my way of life.

  • Jamie Archer
    2019-03-09 17:20

    Meh. I'm quite disappointed. I had hoped that I found my next cozy mystery series, and it looked very promising from the first few pages, but I just ended up disappointed. It was very slow moving, with not much to keep me engaged in the meantime. I'll stick with my beloved Gamache novels :-)

  • Christina
    2019-03-16 19:49

    I was intrigued by this book's setting in Yorkshire after WWI.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-17 22:25

    This is a story of a missing man, a small close knit village and secrets from the past that won't stay buried once Kate Shackelton is brought in by an old friend ( the daughter of the missing man) to investigate. This being Kate's first official case as a sleuth for hire, makes for a brilliant start to this cozy mystery series that isn't always so cozy.

  • Susan Barton
    2019-03-01 20:35

    Kate Shackelton loves solving mysteries and, since the war ended, she’s managed to solve several missing soldier cases for friends and acquaintances. When former fellow VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse Tabitha Braithwaite asks Kate to locate her missing father, so that he can walk her down the aisle at her wedding, Kate is uneasy. She’s never accepted payment before and doesn’t consider herself a “professional”. But Tabitha insists she pay Kate for her efforts and thus begins Kate’s long and tedious search for the missing Joshua Braithwaite.I chose this book from my local library because of the lovely book cover. It caught my attention and when I read the blurb it sounded like something I’d thoroughly enjoy. However, I did have trouble staying with this book. Although I did read it in its entirety, it was as long and tedious as Kate’s search for Joshua. Dying in the Wool goes off in so many unnecessary directions – I wondered several times if the author was simply trying to pad the book to make it longer than it might have been. I would have accepted a much shorter book in favor of slogging through so many side roads. There were far too many subplots thrown in for good measure – to the point where the book became bogged down and boring. I didn’t find the characters to be likeable – including main character Kate – enough to truly earn my attention and interest. After reading summaries from other reviewers I’ve learned that the Kate Shackelton books get better after this initial installment in the series. I noticed several of Frances Brody’s books on the library shelf and I’d consider trying one more book. If it doesn’t grab me I’ll just have to give up. 3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

  • Mary
    2019-03-10 23:35

    I took too long to read it!I enjoyed the story. But it did not grab me like others have! The book started out in London right after the war was over and everyone was trying to get back to normal.Tabitha Braithwaite was getting married and wanted her missing father at the wedding. So she in lists Kate Shackleton, a fellow VAD girl she was with during the war who has been successful helping others find missing loved ones after the war. Kate has never done her sleuthing before professional and is quite concerned that she would not do a great job of it!But Tabitha is very persistent and Kate relents and decides to take the case! The ensuing investigation takes Kate into the world of the Mill workers that she knows nothing about! Besides trying to find Mr Braithwaithe, she uncovers two other bodies!All in all I considered it a pretty good story! Well written and planned out, I might even look for the next one in the series!

  • Liz Clappin
    2019-02-19 01:37

    Barely made it halfway through then skimmed. Dull heroine and a bland mystery.

  • Linda Collings
    2019-02-28 20:34

    Some good bits some not so good ! 3 stars