- Title: Death in the Stars
- Author: Frances Brody
- ISBN: 9781250154798
- Page: 277
- Format: Hardcover
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 co star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds Kate can t help butYorkshire, 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 co star 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 With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths and whether there is a murderer in the company.When Selina s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame .
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Death in the Stars is the third book I have read in the series and now I feel that I've gotten to know the main characters pretty well. I find this series to be an excellent cozy mystery series to read. For me who usually read crime and thrillers is a cozy mystery book now and then the perfect kind of book to read when I feel that I want a genre change. And, on the plus side are the books in this series stand-alone so it's piece a cake reading a book without having read any of the previous ones. [...]
I adore Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton series and am always looking toward the new release. "Death at the Stars" is already the 9th book in the series, however it can easily be read as a stand - alone, and it is also the perfect book to start the series if you haven't read the previous books yet.This book is written in the same, gentle way that Frances Brody has got me used to. The narration is engaging and rich, and the author tangled and muddled the facts in such a clever way, adding tips but [...]
Kate Shackleton is back with another cosy crime mystery, Death in the Stars is the ninth book in the series and I am sure it will be a hit with her fans. For those not familiar with the Kate Shackleton mysteries, they are a little like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. There are mysteries aplenty and many suspects for our sleuth to investigate along the way before eventually arriving at a definitive conclusion with none of the modern day gore or danger.In this book, Shackleton is invited to [...]
Mystery set during the solar eclipse of the 1920s when it was even more on an event and a magical situation when people thought it was something to do with witchery and illusion. Added into that a murder within a theatre company, visits to old fashioned Variety shows and some super sleuthing from Kate Shackleton and it's a winner and a half this book! Full review to come, but pop this on your to be read pile and put your glad rags on to read it.
Set at the time of the solar eclipse in 1927 with a cast of variety hall entertainers we are treated to a splendid mystery of the death of one of their number. Coming close on the tails of two other accidents Kate Shackleton has the job of unravelling the truth.This is only the second of the Kate Shackleton series I’ve read, this episode being number nine in the series, but so well-drawn are the key characters that I feel I already ‘know’ them well. Kate is a business-like as usual ably su [...]
Kate Shackelton has a new mystery to solve, this time in the theatre world. As you may know there's always a lot of competitiveness in all the jobs, but is it worth a killing? Let Kate seduce you in this mysteryThis is a delightful read, full of suspense and lovely characters that will keep you intrigued till the last page. Kate Shackelton is one of those characters that you fall in love since the first page, tenacious and brave whom could not resist to investigate a good case. Kate will be cont [...]
I don't know why, but I didn't like this installment in one series that is usually one of my favorite. Slow, boring and even the culprit in the end was not sooo believable. I'm disappointed but ok, maybe it's my fault.Non so perché, ma questo volume di quella che é solitamente una delle mie serie preferite mi ha proprio deluso. Farraginoso, lento, e anche il colpevole non é che poi fosse cosí credibile alla finehgari é solo colpa miaANKS TO PIATKUS FOR THE ARC!
Another strong entry in the series. Full review at classicmystery.wordpress
Death in the Stars is the 9th novel in the very popular mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton. I've read most of them and have loved every one!Set in Yorkshire they evoke a real feel of the 1920's, of a slower pace of life, when ladies were treated as fragile beings. But Kate's no shrinking violet, she's tough and clever, and has a mind of her own, even starting up her own detective agency with an ex-policeman to assist her, as well as her housekeeper Mrs. Sugden.This time, she [...]
This is the 9th in the series but can be read as a stand alone. If you like historical cozies with strong female characters and solid plotting, be sure to give this series a try. Kate Shackleton is one very strong woman, in partnership with a former policeman and together they run a private inquiry agency. With extra help from her housekeeper, as well. It's 1927 and England is abuzz over the total eclipse - parties galore. Kate is approached by Selina Fellini, an actress and singer of great tale [...]
I am a Kate Shackleton devotee and have read all the series entries, so I very much enjoyed this visit with Kate and company. Set in post World War I England, Kate was a nurse in the War, which also cost her her husband. As a wealthy widow, her economic and social freedom are remarkable for the time.Death in the Stars has Kate investigating a series of performers' deaths, all connected to her current client singer Selina Fellini. The story is told against the back drop of the total solar eclipse [...]
It was good to meet up with Kate Shackleton, Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden for what turned out to be an intriguing crime mystery. Set in 1927, it includes the eclipse of that year and started off at Giggleswick in Yorkshire which hosted a viewing of the phenomenon. I am particularly impressed with the pacing and plotting of the story as the momentum never flags as the clues begin to unfold. There are several red herrings and possible suspects as to who could be the murderer and the ending is a great [...]
Kate Shackleton's reputation precedes her. When a stage star appears asking for her help – on advice of a friend that Kate's helped in the past – Kate feels there's not much to it. The star, Selina Fellini, just wants Kate to arrange for and accompany her on a trip to watch the great eclipse. Not being in the tourist business, Kate wants to decline, but Selina keeps referring to a vague sense of unease, fearful that something "may" happen to her or someone in their party.And it does. It's th [...]
Seriously? The last installment left me half dead at the seaside. Bobbing in the shallows. Drenched in disappointment. Soaked through with irritation. But this one Surprise, surprise! I really liked it!There was something about the atmosphere; moody and blue. As if the solar eclipse in the beginning of the book left a shadow lingering all the way through, deepened by young men's lives destroyed by the war and the slow inevitable demise of the good old variety shows.Does it sound dull? No! It's a [...]
Death in the Stars is set in 1927 and starts during the total eclipse. The enigmatic Italian singer Selina wants to view the eclipse from the Giggleswick School. During this visit Billy is found dead, which increases Selina’s fears that people close to her are dying in suspicious circumstance. Kate Shackleton runs an investigation agency so is clearly intrigued and starts to look into what is happening.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and especially all the background in the stories. The descri [...]
This is the fourth book which I have read in this series about a female private detective set in 1920s England. The author writes well and I like Kate Shackleton and the plot in this book is much more satisfying than in the other books I read. Kate gets involved in investigating a series of deaths of musical hall performers to see if they really were accidents or something more sinister. With help from her two assistants and admittedly some luck Kate unmasks a killer. If you like cosy mysteries [...]
This book is set in 1927 in Yorkshire and begins with eclipse plans by Selina Fellini. She asks Kate Shackleton for help getting to the grounds of Giggleswick School. However she is also asking Kate to watch and observe the people around her because she is afraid. Kate is not sure what Selina really wants but after the murder of a man who went with them Kate starts to feel that something is amiss. There are clues but facts seem to be hard to come by. The book was a quick easy read.
Kate Shackleton is hired to accompany musical star, Selina Fellini, to the 1927 observation of the eclipse. Selina's other guest, comedian Billy Moffatt, is found unconscious at the end of the evening. Kate begins her investigation of the theater troupe - two of the other troupe members have died.Convoluted and confusing.
Always a satisfying series, this time Brody places Kate in an historic eclipse, and finds her solving mysterious deaths among an eclectic group of performers. Brody does another excellent job with the time period and characters. Thoughtful and fascinating reading with well developed plots and a sympathetic, yet realistic female investigator. Highly recommended.
So today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Frances Brody’s new Kate Shackleton mystery, Death in the Stars. (Thank-you Little,Brown for asking me to take part and for the copy of the book) LET US TALK ABOUT IT.I liked it.I did.It’s kind of reminiscent of the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton. I mean, it’s not like those books at all but it’s that kind of lazy Sunday easy cosy read. It’s the kind of book you can just sort of get lost in: you don’t have to think [...]
This is the first book that I have read in the Kate Shackleton mystery series. After reading several intense books this one was a nice change. I enjoyed the story but found it too long and often confusing because of so many characters.
Excellent mystery as usual however since I have sorta binged on Brody this year I have discovered her plot habit--and in discovering that I figured out who done it. For the reader who simply enjoys a good mystery--this is an excellent read. For crazies like me--well I need a life!!
Not her best book. There were a number of editing mistakes and the story did not flow.
Good but not one of her best.
great as always, you can't go wrong with kate
A good quick read - enjoyed my bloodless murdert around the theatre and the City Varieties in Leeds as well as Giggleswick - the place with the best name ever!
This is a fairly long-running series now but still maintains the quality of earlier stories and is very enjoyable.4 and a half stars.(and somehow I've managed to miss reading books 7 & 8 so will have to put that right!)
(3.5)I received a copy of this book for free from the publishers. This has not influenced my opinion.I’ll start off by saying if you haven’t ready any other books in the Kate Shackleton series don’t worry, you can definitely jump straight in with any book in the series.This is a cosy crime novel set amongst a theatre troupe in the late 1920s. I love how Frances Brody has really helped this novel stand out from its predecessor. Often mystery series can end up kind of merging together but I [...]
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