A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton Series #10)

A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton Series #10)

by Frances Brody

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Critically acclaimed author Frances Brody is back with the tenth installment in her Kate Shackleton series, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Nicola Upson.

Seven keen amateur photographers gather for the most popular openings of the decade. Only six will return.

Yorkshire, 1928. Indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton is taking a well-deserved break from her detective work and indulging in her other passion: photography. When her local Photographic Society proposes an outing to the opening of the Bronte Museum, Kate jumps at the chance to visit the setting of Wuthering Heights. But the setting proves to be even more sinister than the dreary classic when a member of their party is found murdered.

The event is one of the most popular of the decade, and each of the seven photographers were there to capture the perfect shot of a lifetime. But Tobias, the deceased, was known for being loud-mouthed and didn’t care to curb his demeanor. Kate deduces that he must have had several enemies. But soon, she begins to suspect that perhaps the murderer is amongst them. And before they shrink to just a group of five, Kate must pick back up her magnifying glass and sleuthing cap to crack the case in A Snapshot of Murder, Frances Brody’s tenth brilliant Kate Shackleton mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643850979
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Series: Kate Shackleton Series , #10
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 23,970
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Frances Brody lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up. After leaving school at 16, she worked and traveled, including a spell in New York. She then won a place at Ruskin College, Oxford, and afterwards studied at York University. Before creating the Kate Shackleton mysteries, Frances wrote historical sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium. When not writing or reading, Frances likes to test her less than brilliant map reading skills by walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

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A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton Series #10) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Smiley1219 7 months ago
7 went and 6 came back. That's your first signal there's going to be a murder, but who and committed whom? A Francis Brody mystery novel starring her amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton. It begins with a Photographic Society, which she belongs to, in 1928 and they're planning a visit to Haworth and Stanbury, in the heart of Brontë country, the setting for Wuthering Heights. Tension begins when one of its newest members, Edward Chester, who did not commit to this journey, shows up ahead Edward Chester had a childhood crush on Carine Murchison, who is now married to Tobias Murchison. Edward and Tobias served in the same regiment during WWI and it was Carine's understanding that Edward had died in the war. Had Tobias purposely with held this major detail from her? During the story, we find out that Tobias knows the family, whose house they are renting for this excursion. The mother and daughter are convinced that in their past relationship, Tobias had an intimate relationship with the youngest daughter, where she becomes pregnant and mysteriously drowns in a nearby reservoir. The main character is Carine, whom during her childhood years, whose mother left one day, but said she would comeback and she never did. Her father's explanations did not satisfied her. Back to the photographic society's outing in Stanbury and Haworth, tensions are running high and there is a sense of unease throughout the group and Kate Shackleton goes into action. Eventually, during church service, one of the individuals is murdered and this murder is further complicated by the discovering of Carine's mother's body found buried behind a wall at the Murchison's Photographic Studio, which took over from Carine's father. Carine is the prime suspect and she is also dealing with the discovery of mother's body behind the wall in the studio, once owned by her father. The story has a good premise and the author has been able to construct a murder mystery based on past experiences, coupled with the current setting. I was somewhat dissatisfied that it took so long for the murder to be committed in the and the police investigation was routine and the court sentencing I thought was compassionate for the accused, because of all the deceptions, lies, betrayals, coupled with the accuser's mental state.
Anonymous 8 months ago
"A Snapshot of Murder" is my third book I have read from the series. The series is ok for the most part with interesting cases and intriguing historical background but Ms. Brody's writing somehow can't grasp my attention for long. I tend to spend longer hours than I normally would on equivalent books. We have a standard formula here: An amateur detective with capable assistance(s.) Always get themselves involved with murder cases. Through meticulous observations with their ultra sharp minds, cases are solved within days. In "A Snapshot of Murder," the historical backdrop is weak. Very remotely linking to the Bronte sisters when the characters decided to embark on a weekend photo-taking trip to the Bronte's residence. The characters are one dimensional. And many distracting conversations between characters that were not relevant to the plot. There are plenty of similar historical mystery series on the market, and Ms. Brody's series just lack the distinctive niche to make her series stands out. I so do want to love the series, but so far I haven't been able to develop the same level of excitement as I have given to other series in the genre. To do the book justice, the plot and the writing are actually very fine in "A Snapshot of Murder." Overall, it's a well constructed story with good bones. 3.5 stars.
RJBell 10 months ago
I greatly enjoyed the voice and tone of Snapshot of Murder. It had the classic feel of Christie or Rinehart but without the narratorial distance. The mystery itself was excellently done as well. An easy 4 stars for this book. Although the death itself appears later in the book, more than enough suspenseful elements are introduced earlier to hook the reader and keep pages turning. There's a threat, a mysterious possibly returned man, a historical disappearance, and questions--at least for the reader--regarding a seemingly innocent death. The historical setting and culture add elements not possible in a modern mystery. The main character is a credible rebellion against the expectations of her time period. She supports similar independence in a secondary character. Through some hints in the novel itself and the book list at the end, I determined this was a later book in a series. Although I'm sure having read more of them would add further facets to the relationships, not having done so didn't leave me feeling left out. I also still felt like there was appropriate depth in enough of the secondary characters. The writing style was enjoyable and pulled me in while still maintaining a hint of the historical feel. That balance in the style really impressed me. The copy I read, although still an ARC selected from NetGalley, was more cleanly edited and proofread than others I've selected. Overall a very satisfying and enjoyable read and I'd really like to see more from this author and of this series.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
It was supposed to be an excursion for the Photographic Society to the opening of the Bronte museum and to explore the settings of Wuthering Heights. Seven members attended, but by the end of the weekend one was dead. Tobias Murcheson was the chairman of the Society. A bully, a manipulative husband and disliked by almost everyone, the crowd at the dedication provided perfect cover for someone to end his life. Each of the Society’s members on the excursion had a reason to attack Tobias. Carine Murcheson was pressured into marrying him after he reported the death of her first love, Edward Chester, during an attack in WWI. It is her work that keeps her family’s photography studio going, but on th death of her father the business is left to Tobias. Carine’s friend Rita works in the local pharmacy and believes that Tobias is poisoning Carine. Young Derek Blondell works for the newspaper’s library, but helps in the studio, where he has fallen in love with Carine. Finally, the newest member of the Society is Edward Chester, who survived the war but suffered disfiguring injuries. When he appears at the Society’s meeting, Carine realizes that she was lied to. While each person has a motive to kill Tobias, Kate also discovers that Tobias had ties to the suicide of a young woman from the estate where they are staying, expanding the list of suspects. As a young war widow, Kate has made a name for herself as an investigator. This is Frances Brody’s tenth Kate Shackleford mystery and as a member of the Photographic Society it once again falls to Kate to assist the police in their investigation. Brody’s story is filled with misdirection and red herrings and will please fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series as well as fans of historical mysteries. It is a most enjoyable series that I would not hesitate to recommend. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quaint ~ Appealing ~ Intriguing tl; dr: Charming detective Kate Shakelton finds herself with a murder to solve when she goes to the opening of the Bronte Museum, attended by a slew of photographers. I love this series for its turns of phrase and indomitable detective. It's like a Masterpiece Mystery in written form, a bit cozy, a bit period, very English. I haven't read every book in the series, but I never feel lost when I pick one up. In this one, Kate is hoping for a break. Only to find herself in the midst of the murder. Brody also does a nice job with settings and adding interesting historical elements, in this case, early 20th-century photography. I also like how Brody sets out the clues. This is not one of those series where the author withholds clues and unmasks an unexpected. You might not quite figure it out, but when you go back you can see the answer in the clues. This is a perfect rainy day, a cup of tea mystery.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
cosy-mystery, law-enforcement, women-sleuths, friendship, twisty, red-herrings, England, historical-research I was 65% into the book before I realized that this was part of a series, the author did such a fine job of not letting the reader flounder about. The mystery is set in Leeds and Haworth in 1928. The first murder is not discovered until more than 25 years after it occurred, and the second is known only by the perpetrator, but the third murder is the most apparent, even though the investigation is so convoluted and involves so many reasons and possible justifications that it's very difficult for the reader to solve. Each character is well drawn, especially the villainous ones, and the involvement between them is shown to be important. I truly enjoyed this book and finished it in one day! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Vesper1931 More than 1 year ago
1928 and at the Headingly Photographic Society meeting an outings is proposed. Agreement is reached to visit Haworth to coincide with the presentation of deeds of the Haworth Parsonage to the Bronte Society. Seven menbers including Kate Shackleton and her niece Harriet Armstrong arrange to go but not all will return. A somewhat slow paced well-written cozy mystery as we learn about the main characters and deeds from the past. Overall an enjoyable read.