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Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire!

Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers? Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps in to the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed....

©2009 Frances McNeil (P)2009 Magna Large Print Books

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Very glad I found the Kate Shackleton books

I came across this book in one of the audible sales and I'm very happy to have found it. The characters are interesting and the plot line was strong - definitely recommend.

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  • Mari
  • Erskineville, Australia
  • 06-01-2017

Not Quite Maisie Dobbs

I love the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and this series seemed like it would help fill the breach until the new Maisie Dobbs book is released. Whilst, in my opinion, not in the same league I did thoroughly enjoy this book and will be back for the next installment, where I am sure all the main characters will be more developed.

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  • Caroline Adams
  • 23-01-2017

Glad I tried this author's work!

I enjoyed the clever story, the social history and the excellent narration. I will download further titles in the series. I thoroughly recommend others to try them.

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  • fotini
  • 17-03-2017

Excellent story

I loved this book. It had the true feeling of place and time, bringing to life the mill folk of the West Riding of Yorkshire together with a really good detective story.

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  • D. Tudor
  • 27-02-2018

Delightful and intriguing

If you could sum up Dying in the Wool in three words, what would they be?

Delightful, intriguing, welcoming

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dying in the Wool?

The graphic death of one of the characters - a sudden, unexpected hard edge to a deceptively comfortable tale up to that point.

What about Sandra Hunt’s performance did you like?

Soft but authentic Yorkshire accents, with numerous pertinent Yorkshire idioms and phrases thrown in (although I suppose that was down to the author rather than the narrator). A most enjoyable listen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really - the story was more Rolling Hills than Peaks & Troughs - no overpoweringly emotional scenes that I can recall.

Any additional comments?

Dying in the Wool is the 1st of Frances Brody's "Kate Shackleton Mysteries" ... I've already bought No.2 in the series!

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  • Dave H
  • 11-01-2018

Wanders a bit but very enjoyable

Well read and the characters were made real by excellent narration, I enjoyed the intricate storyline and realism of the people and how they were portrayed to a very real scenario of life.

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  • Millie
  • 04-01-2018

good entertaining story

Easy to listen to, narrator had genuine sounding accent, different voices were mainly good as was story.

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  • Lynda Douglas
  • 04-10-2017

Drying in the wool

A very enjoyable listen I plan to download more of both this author and narrator

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