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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 at the Seaside

Read an interview with Frances at Mayhem and Magic.

She is the author of eight Kate Shackleton mysteries. The latest is Death at the Seaside. The previous episode, A Death in the Dales, was longlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger, and is now available in the US. The first six Kate Shackleton books are also available in the US, where 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..

A Death in the Dales

"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."

Click any cover to read more about that novel, or click here to learn more about Kate and the series as a whole.

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.

Read a recent interview with Frances in the Yorkshire Post.

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!

Friday 28 - Sunday 30 April
Malice Domestic Convention, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland
On Saturday 29th, 2.00 - 2.50 pm Frances will be a member of a panel on Murder Most English with Susanna Calkins, Francine Mathews and Charles Todd (Caroline Todd and Charles Todd), plus Moderator Verena Rose
Their signing will be at 5.00 pm, also on Saturday, 29 April
Monday 1 May, 2.00 pm
Frances will be talking about the Kate Shackleton novels, and Marcia Talley about the Hannah Ives series, set in Maryland, at Kensington Park Retirement Community, 3618 Littledale Road, Kensington, MD 20895 (Tel: 301.946.7700)
Wednesday 7 June, 7.30 pm
Women's Institute, Tong Village
Wednesday 14 June, 7.30 pm
Women's Institute, Bardsey Village Hall
Wednesday 19 July, 7.30 pm
Talk to Women's Institute, Shepley Village
Friday 18 - Sunday 20 August
St Hilda's College Mystery and Crime Conference, Oxford
Online booking
Tuesday 5 September
Conference at Leeds Beckett University on Criminal Heritage: Crime, Fiction, and History
Friday 8 September, 11.00 am
Kirby in Ashfield Library, 21 Precinct Road, Kirby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 7BQ
Tuesday 19 September, 2.00 pm
Talk to Retirement Fellowship, Morecambe
Friday 27 October, 7.00 pm,
Talk at Frecheville Library and Learning Centre, Smalldale Road, Shefield 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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