When Little Brown approached me with the opportunity to review Death at the Seaside I was so excited! I grew up in Yorkshire and spent many happy days at Whitby with my family and on several school trips. I also love the art work! It’s so beautiful, with a vintage feel. This is the 8th book in the series of Kate Shackleton novels.
From the blurb:
Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.
Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.
Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.
And they say nothing happens in August . . .
Kate Shackleton is an amateur detective – she likes to unravel mysteries, which is fortunate as it seems that they find her, wherever she is.
Kate is a widow, having lost her husband in the First World War. This book seems to be set around 1930, and the author really evokes a sense of that period.
Whitby is a beautiful fishing town, with cobbled streets and old fashioned houses, which you can imagine being mostly the same 80 years ago. It is the perfect setting for a 1930’s heroine to search for a missing girl.
I will definitely pick up more of these mysteries; this is a great book to curl up with on an autumn night.
Death at the Seaside is available this week R.R.P. £8.99.
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