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Piatkus, 1st March 2012: ISBN: 978-0-7499-5487-1
Kate Shackleton is called to help locate a
missing stone mason. His wife Mary Jane Armstrong
is adamant that Kate can help her, and in the face of such belief Kate agrees
to accompany the woman back to her home in Great Applewick.
Kate pieces together is, that Mary Jane’s children Harriet and Austin had gone
to the quarry where their father worked to bring him lunch, and that the
daughter Harriet had found him dead. Walking to the next farm for help, when
she returned with the farmer, there was no one to be found, neither her father,
nor a body.
investigates she encounters hostility from the quarry foreman, and discovers
that Ethan Armstrong had active strong political views. The more she investigates the more it becomes
apparent that there could be more than one reason for the absence of Ethan
Armstrong, or his body.
Kate this is more than the mystery of a missing man, for she becomes embroiled
in a family situation – her family, or rather the family that she was unaware
existed, but nevertheless her family, raises for her many questions.
mystery that had me perplexed, but also a moving episode in the life of Kate Shackleton
who still believes that even though the war has been over a couple of years
that she may still find her husband, posted missing presumed dead, but maybe just with
a missing memory – it happens why not to Kate.
Frances Brody is a pseudonym of Frances McNeil who lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up. She worked in the USA as a secretary in Washington
DC and New
studied at Ruskin College, Oxford and
read English Literature and History at York University.
Starting her writing life in radio,
she has written scripts for television and theatre. Frances
turned to crime for her first novel, Dying in the Wool, set on the
outskirts of Bradford, Yorkshire in the 1920s,
was followed in 2010 with A Medal for Murder.