Today marks the day that Death at the Seaside by Francis Brody is published by Piatkus Books. Piatkus was lovely enough to send me a review copy and this post is in lull with the book blog tour currently in progress – keep an eye out for others blog posts – it ends tomorrow!
First off, I need to talk about this cover. This cover is gorgeous! It was initially the main thing that drew me towards the book. Set after the first world war, the cover is picturesque to that time. It is wonderfully illustrated and looking at other books in the Kate Shackleton series, this continues throughout the book series.
Kate Shackleton reminds me of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, a lady with a nose for solving crimes. Unwittingly stumbling on a murder in the seaside town of Whitby, Kate, with the help of her two associates, Mrs Sugden and Mr Jim Sykes, helps her childhood friend through this rough time and bringing the murder to justice. Initially there for a holiday and to see her goddaughter, who has also gone missing, Kate’s Summer Holiday turns into anything but.
The characters made me laugh, Sergeant Garvin and Mr Cricklethorpe are very strange and seemingly eccentric characters, that they take up the pages when talking to Kate. Speaking of eccentric, let’s mention Kate’s friend Alma Turner. The wild card in all this, a giver of prophecies and mother of Felicity, Kate’s goddaughter, this wiry, yet homely lady, proves that not all meets the eye.
Overall, a wonderfully written and beautifully described story. I, as a presume most readers of crime do, tried to guess the horrid cause of the murder but was pleasantly shocked as to the outcome – a wonderful surprise!
I have found a new love in crime fiction and cannot wait to get my brain round many more of Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton series. A wonderful character and with hints of Poirot and Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s creations, Day at the Seaside is a wonderful book to read under a warm blanket with a hot drink, perfect for dreams of Summers yet to come.