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Murder on a Summer's Day

Number 5 in series

By Frances Brody

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

The fifth fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton!

When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India Office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a Maharajah, last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond.Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category.

Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels an outsider in her sympathies. One thing she is sure of: her own skills and insights. Qualities that she is sure will help her unravel the latest disappearance on that fateful summer's day . . .

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  • ISBN: 9780349400587
  • Publication date: 03 Oct 2013
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Piatkus
Elegantly written — Independent
Well, it's brilliant — The Bookbag
There are shades of [Agatha] Christie in Brody's popular 1920s series featuring amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton — Rutland Times
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