A Medal for Murder

A Medal for Murder Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs They make excellent heroines Literary ReviewA pawn shop robberyIt s no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional

  • Title: A Medal for Murder
  • Author: Frances Brody
  • ISBN: 9780312622404
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs They make excellent heroines Literary ReviewA pawn shop robberyIt s no rest for the wicked as 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 Harrogate and murder is only one step behind A f Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs They make excellent heroines Literary ReviewA pawn shop robberyIt s no rest for the wicked as 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 Harrogate and murder is only one step behind A fatal stabbingA night at the theatre 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 theatre s midst.A ransom demandKate likes nothing better than a mystery and nothing better than solving them So when a ransom note demands 1,000 for the safe return of the play s leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate s skills in piecing together clues and luring criminals out of their lairs

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    1. Kate Shackleton's father is the Superintendent of the West Riding Constabulary, so it was perhaps only natural that, when the war ended, she helped women who had husbands, brothers, and sons who had gone missing during the war. Her own husband was one of the few she was never able to locate. Now, Kate is a Private Investigator with a paid employee, ex-police-officer Mr Sykes, and her second professional sleuthing case: a pawn-shop robbery. But her simple case quickly becomes complicated when it [...]

    2. This is a cozy mystery, and an entry in the "small town shenanigans" experience. Unfortunately it just did not hold my attention and I did not finish it.Kate sounded like an interesting character - a "local" widow, who works as a detective with her retired hard-boiled cop partner.It started out okay, and in short order there is the requisite corpse. Kate is actually a good character, but the story moved SOOOOOO S-L-O-W-L-Y between actual events and happenings that I kept losing focus and driftin [...]

    3. Set in the early nineteen twenties, this is a fascinating story of a murder, a potential kidnapping and blackmail with theft thrown in as well. Kate Shackleton - private investigator - and her employee Jim Sykes, a former policeman are asked to contact a pawnbroker's clients for him after he suffers a robbery at his shop. This leads Kate to Harrogate where she is to watch the last night of a play produced by an acquaintance. But it seems murders follow her around and she finds the body of a loca [...]

    4. Not bad, there are a lot of these post WWI female investigators around and this is is one of the better ones. Mrs Shackleton war widow and occasional investigator gets called in for a mystery involving a robbery at a pawnshop, a murder at the theatre and some grim but well done period detail about the Boer War. If you like these pieces of genre fiction it is worth a look, better than the Masie Dobbs series by far

    5. Mrs. Kate Shackleton, fresh off the success of her first case, is asked to solve the mystery of a robbery at a pawn broker. The pawns were largely of sentimental value and the shop owner wants them back for his clients-discreetly of course. Kate and Jim Sykes are charged with speaking to the clients and trying to solve the mystery. Kate's task brings her to the spa town of Harrogate, where she becomes involved with a local theater group. She took their promotional photos for her new friend Merie [...]

    6. Kate has a new case and this time it's not searching for a missing person least not at first. There has been a pawn-shop-robbery and she gets asked to help. But she gets distracted when she goes to see a play and finds a body on her way home, the leading actress of the play disappears and a ransom-note turns up. All these events can't be connected – or can they?Like the first novel in the Series 'Medal For Murder' has many of the things I enjoy about cozies – nothing is too grim, lots of lik [...]

    7. Just as entertaining as the first in the series. Light mysteries, but you don't have to leave your brain behind to enjoy them. Set in 1922, Kate investigates a pawnshop robbery and gets involved with a murder with its roots in the Boer War. Interesting characters, and I like the look at the Harrogate of the 20s too.

    8. I liked the first book in this series better - this one had so many plot details that it got bogged down (and some really unlikeable characters)

    9. ‘A Medal for Murder’ by Frances BrodyPublished by Piatkus, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7499-4192-5At the end of the Great War seeking information as to what happened to her husband Gerald, posted missing, Kate Shackleton undertook to locate missing persons as a kindness to other women in situations such as herself. Although still unclear as to what happened to Gerald, Kate has now in 1922 set up as a Private Investigator and following a robbery at a pawn-shop Kate is retained by the distraught owner t [...]

    10. Amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton's second case sees her in Harrogate after she accepts a fee from Leeds pawnbroker Mr Moony to investigate a case of robbery.On Moony's behalf she begins to visit the clients who have lost goods in the robbery but when she arrives in Harrogate she uncovers a whole new web of deceit and intrigue when she meets up with her director friend Meriel Jamieson and accepts her invitation to attend a performance of Arnold Bennett's 'Anna of the Five Towns'.As she leaves the t [...]

    11. This is the 2nd book in the Kate Shackleton Mysteries set in 1920's Yorkshire. Kate's husband is still missing, presumed dead, in WWI. Even though I loved the 1st book I think this one is even better!When Kate is asked to inform the robbed pawnshops customers of their stolen pledges she travels to the lovely spa town of Harrogate where, by coincidence, she also becomes involved in a murder mystery and is asked to look for the missing daughter of a Boer War hero (who served in the war with the mu [...]

    12. I suppose this is something of a cozy, although having several stories being tracked down made for a longer read so 3 for effort and having enough story to make more than a novella. Still relatively light and fluffy. The 2nd in a series suggests that more back story exists and I commend the author for not revisiting the entire thing, as I am quite capable of going back to the 1st book and finding out for myself. Comparisons to Maisie Dobbs seems to be a bit of a stretch, except that they are bot [...]

    13. Kate brought us with her to Harrogate, the legendary spa town. I never make it to Harrogate and reading this book made me look up for train ticket to Harrogate. Haha!Kate met an old friend, a budding actress who was not yet make it to London. This book shared the country life in Harrogate and an old Great War mystery. Fair read for me and I think I can adjust to Kate's love life from now on. I think she should move on and this second book is perfect for the romance to begin. (I hate it when she [...]

    14. I found this 2nd book in the series to be of interest because it is set in Harrogate, a place I know somewhat. The Stray. The Pumphouse. The Grand Hotel. I could picture it all. And the curative waters do taste terrible. Have even seen a play at the Harrogate Theater, formerly the Grand Opera House).As for the mystery itself, it was a bit convoluted and hard to follow. Some deeds go unpunished. I'll leave it at that.

    15. Ver often I don't expect the second book by an author to be as good as the first, but in this case the second book is just as good if not better than the first.

    16. Good plot, but started to get a little long around page 300. Not as much "justice" as I would have wanted.

    17. I'm glad this was neither the first nor the last book in this series. This installment is packed with the narrator repeatedly noting "at this point I should have", and unpleasant characters with repulsive behaviors that the narrator both derides in commentary and condones in action, that had this been the only sample in the series, I would not have read the other delightful installments.I would avoid this one particular book. Story chapters are interspersed with the current tale and tedious hist [...]

    18. I'm starting with Book 2 of this Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody. It was a toss up for me whether I would give it 3 stars or 4 stars. I settled on 3 stars because it was a long book - 424 pages - and it got off to a slow start. Didn't grab my interest at first, but later into the story I saw how certain things that happened were later important. It's 1922 and Kate Shackleton, a war widow from WWI, is working as an investigator in England and is very new to the job. There were three separ [...]

    19. Kate Shackleton and her assistant Jim Sykes take a case involving the robbery of a pawn shop. It is hoped that they can recover the missing items before the individuals come to reclaim them. That evening Kate attends a production at the theater. She had previously helped with taking photographs of the cast members so she is treated to a ticket. After the show, one of the cast members is found murdered in an alley. Kate begins to investigate as she was one of the ones who found the body. A ransom [...]

    20. The second book in the Kate Shackelton mystery series by Frances Brody is even better than the first installment. Kate has now set herself up as a private investigator for hire. With a case that first appears to be a matter of robbery at a pawnshop, followed by a night a the theatre to see a friend's play after which Kate finds a man fatally stabbed in the street. Could there be any connection between the robbery and the stabbing? Then there is a kidnapping and many suspects to interview. Soon K [...]

    21. I don't remember what day I started reading this book, but I made quick work of it. Kate Shackleton is the (British) female Owen McKenna (see Todd Borg) but better. I love Todd Borg (after all, he's local), but Frances Brody knows how to keep a person reading. I spent too many nights staying up past my self-imposed bedtime to find out what was going to happen. I want to start book three, but I'm forcing myself to read a book in between so I don't get tired of the stories. Also, I never note the [...]

    22. I read this out of order because it was on loan at the library, but it doesn't really matter. Brody even with her first book in the series had a good grasp of the character of Kate and Sykes and Mrs. Sugden. Again a well-plotted mystery, and only towards the end does it become gradually clear who is not in running for the villain/s in this book. One character I found repellent, Meriel, who is amoral 100%.I find that in the allotting of justice I am more on Sykes's side than Kate's. Of the main c [...]

    23. On the trail of a robber who burgled a pawn broker's shop, Kate Shackleton becomes involved with a murder investigation in Harrogate, where an amateur play company concludes its acting in a variety of ways. The plot was complicated and had me fooled until the end, as Kate unearths many secrets along the way that might have led to the murder. I plan to continue reading this series, which is set in post-WW I Britain (reminiscent of the Maisie Dobbs series, and equally enjoyable).

    24. I am really enjoying this character, Kate. She might be more forward thinking but she is not out of place in her time period and is very believable. The mystery was convoluted and kept me guessing. The only thing out of place was when Kate sleeps with one of the characters(it wasn't explicit). I didn't really buy her doing it and hang the consequences. I feel she would think things through more.

    25. This is second book in the Kate Shackleton series by author Frances McNeil under the pseudonym of Frances Brody. Kate is now working as a private investigator with Jim Sykes to support. Kate is hired to investigate a robbery at a pawnbroker in Leeds. The investigation takes Kate to Harrogate to view a play. As the play ends Kate finds a murdered man in a doorway. The mystery goes from there. These are easy to read comfortable mysteries and I will be moving on with the series.

    26. This book hits the classic second book slump. The characters are wonderfully spoiled and engaging, and our heroine is finally getting to be on good terms with her mother but the murder is drawn out, and the side crimes keep twisting. If you're ready to read a bit of blackmail pick this up. If you get bored with this book, please skip to the final 3 chapters, they are the best part of it.

    27. Had this one from the start but I did enjoy it maybe more than the other two I've read (out of order). I still can't decide if I like this protagonist or not. She's still a bit reserved and stand-offish. Hoping she'll continue to warm up and drop that hard outer shell. But the stories are generally challenging to untangle even if you know "whodunit" from the very beginning.

    28. I still don't like the mix of first and third person narrative. Not only does it feel like cheating to get more information than the sleuthing heroine, it also creates a bit of a verfremdungseffekt: You get used to Kate's voice, you see the world through her eyes, you start to understand her, to live with her and - hey! - all of a sudden there's someone else on the line, someone who's actions and thoughts are related by an all seeing anonymous eye. It simply brings me out of the zone, if you kno [...]

    29. Kate Shackelford's second professional private inquiry job begins with an investigation into items stolen from a pawn shop. It develops into a murder mystery. With her assistant, Mr. Sykes, the case is solved.

    30. A series that goes from strength to strength for me I felt transported back in time reading this and look forward to finding out new about Kate's budding romance in future novels. An interesting well researched story with plenty of twists to keep you guessing

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