Author : Frances

Ponden Hall and Ponden House

      On the Pennine Way near Stanbury, three miles from Haworth, stands a house with a history. A former farmhouse, Ponden Hall was occupied by the Heaton family from the mid seventeenth century until 1898. The Brontë family were neighbours. It’s said that the Brontë children liked to…

A Suffrage Anniversary

A SUFFRAGE ANNIVERSARY There is always a huge amount of interesting background information that never finds its way into a novel. The next Kate Shackleton mystery takes place in 1928. In that year, a wealthy industrialist bought the Brontë Parsonage and donated the deeds to the Brontë Society to create…

A Trip to Germany with Murderous Sisters

I’m recently back from a trip to Germany where I was honoured to be guest speaker at the 2017 Mörderische Schwestern Conference that took place over the weekend of 30 November to 2 December at Kloester-Schoental.  Fenna Williams and Gitta Edelmann met me at Frankfurt airport. Gitta and I stayed…

Moerderische Schwestern Conference 2017

It’s an honour and a pleasure to be guest speaker at this conference in Kloester-Schoental.

Here are the links to my talk, in German and in English.

German talk (in German)
German talk (in English))

Stewed Mushrooms in Gravy and an old recipe book

I was recently invited to contribute a post to Suzanne’s Dear Reader Column and was happy to oblige. The brief was to write on whatever topic I chose. Mushrooms came to mind. I have some very old recipe books. Here’s a picture of the page that prompted my column. Stewed…

“Vigee likes your review”

  This morning, I was thinking that it’s a long while since I wrote a blog, and also thinking about this coming weekend when I’ll be attending the St Hilda’s Crime & Mystery event in Oxford. I then opened my emails. Goodreads told me that Vigee liked my review (2011)…

Yorkshire – Kate Shackleton Territory

Yorkshire is a surprising place of stark contrasts. My home, the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, was once a hub of industry including engineering and tailoring factories. Today’s emphasis is on banking, insurance, shopping and eating. Leeds is home to my detective, Kate Shackleton who trod the mean streets and…

Bouchercon, New Orleans

On Saturday morning I arrived back from my first Bouchercon, held in New Orleans, a unique city full of life, music and amazing sights. Bouchercon  is a volunteer-run World Mystery Convention that drew around 1900 people, authors, mystery fans, book dealers and vendors from across North America.  I was on…

Introducing Death at the Seaside, and a Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads  giveaway, open to entries until 23 September (UK and Ireland) Last November, I was in Whitby doing a little extra research for Death at the Seaside, the eighth Kate Shackleton novel, to be published as a paperback original on 6 October 2016. Whitby is a former whaling port, once…

Criminally Happy Harrogate

Once again the weather was glorious for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival held the fourth weekend of July at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. For those of you who might not know, Old Peculier is a beer brewed in nearby Masham. A few months ago I visited the…