June 14

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

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A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Lucian, a friend of Kate Shackleton, recently inherited a cottage in a peaceful Yorkshire village from his aunt, so when Kate realises her 14-year-old niece, Harriet, needs complete rest to recuperate from an illness, Kate arranges with Lucien for herself and Harriet to enjoy a relaxing country holiday there. But the seemingly idyllic façade of village life conceals dark deeds beneath its tranquil surface. Kate is intrigued to discover that Lucian’s aunt had claimed to be the only witness to a murder which had occurred a decade earlier, and that she had also claimed that the wrong man was convicted. And as Kate investigates the historic murder, she also uncovers blackmail, a missing child, and a second suspicious death.  A Death in the Dales is number seven in this richly-detailed series set in the 1920s, and is highly recommended for fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs, and Charles Todd’s Bess Crawford.