'Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that has the charm of the period' Daily Mail
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 thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.
Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance.
And they say nothing happens in August . . .
Frances Brody has made it to the top rank of crime writers. — Daily Mail
Frances Brody skilfully holds our attention, making us want to read on and then look forward to the next Kate Shackleton mystery. — Gazette & Herald
Kate Shackleton is a splendid heroine. — Ann Granger
Frances Brody matches a heroine of free and independent spirit with a vivid evocation of time and place . . . a novel to cherish. — Daily Mail
This is whimsical, colourful stuff and readers will warm to the entrepreneurial yet fragile Kate. — Take a Break