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Frances Brody comes from a great family of story tellers, though she's the first in the family to write professionally. "On the screen of my imagination," she says, "I can conjure aunts and uncles from years gone by, and the word pictures they painted of people from earlier generations."

Death in the Stars

She is the author of eight Kate Shackleton mysteries - with a ninth, Death in the Stars due in October. The latest is Death at the Seaside, now also available in the US. The previous episode, A Death in the Dales, was longlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger, and A Woman Unknown was shortlisted for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Edgar award of the Mystery Writers of America. Minotaur Books now publish two Kate Shackleton books a year, moving towards coinciding publication dates on both sides of the Atlantic.

Death at the Seaside

"The series began," explains Frances, "with a picture in my head of a man trapped behind a high wall, unable to return home. Someone needed to discover who and where he was. Along came Kate Shackleton, sleuth extraordinaire. She stepped from our family album like the genie summoned from the lamp."

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Sixpence in Her Shoe

Before creating the Kate Shackleton mystery series, Frances wrote many stories and plays for BBC radio, scripts for television and four novels (as Frances McNeil). Now Sisters on Bread Street, Sixpence in Her Shoe and Halfpenny Dreams, originally published as Frances McNeil novels, are beginning a new life as Frances Brody books. Sisters on Bread Street was published in January 2016, followed in April by Sixpence in Her Shoe, with Halfpenny Dreams completing the set in July.

Visit the 'Sagas' page to learn more.

Frances's stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award. She lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up, and then travelled, including a spell in the USA. Time spent in Bradford, heart of the woollen industry, gave her a valuable insight into the background for Dying in the Wool, the first Kate Shackleton mystery.

Make sure you visit Frances's blog for the latest from her in her own words!


Frances has a wide variety of events planned for 2017: if she is appearing near you, do come along and say hello!

Tuesday 19 September, 2.00 pm
Talk to Retirement Fellowship, Morecambe
Saturday 7 October, 12.00 noon - 1.30 pm
Death in the Stars launch event at the Leeds Library, organised by Leeds Big Bookend
Free event, but booking is essential (book online, or telephone the Leeds Library on: 0113 245 3071).
Saturday 7 October, 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Signing Death in the Stars at Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS
Saturday 14 October, 1.00 - 3.00 pm
Signing Death in the Stars at Waterstones, York, 15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Sunday 15 October, 2.00 pm
Benefit event at Haxby Memorial Hall, tickets £5
Saturday 21 October, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Signing Death in the Stars at Waterstones, 15 James Street, Harrogate HG1 1QS
Friday 27 October, 7.00 pm,
Talk at Frecheville Library and Learning Centre, Smalldale Road, Sheffield S12 4YB
Tuesday, 14 November, 2.00 pm
Women's Institute, Pool-in-Wharfedale

Header photograph, Ingenues arrive, Central Station, Sydney, 1928-1929, by Sam Hood from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

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