“A Medal for Murder” by Frances Brody, published by Minotaur Books was quite a surprise for me. It’s a British murder novel set in 1920's England, with more twists and turns than a country road. I hope that Ms. Brody writes more of these novels because I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I will look for others that she’s written.
Kate Shackleton is a widow who has formed a partnership of sorts with a former British policeman, Jim Sykes. Mrs. Shackleton looks for missing persons, or loot stolen in a robbery. This time she and Jim are sleuthing, looking for booty that has been stolen from a pawnbroker and for the perpetrator of the crime. Kate goes to Harrogate to search for the stolen merchandise and to visit a mutual friend of a friend who has written a play. She stays with Meriel in her flat that is part of a house owned by an old army captain and his granddaughter. Of course, a murder occurs and Kate finds the body.
There are more characters and suspects in this book than I can write about, but trust me, each one is unique and quite necessary to the story. I just had to keep reading so that I could try to figure out who the murderer was. I never knew until the last page and then I still wondered if they caught the real murderer.
“Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs… They make excellent heroines.” --Literary Review
Frances Brody's "refreshingly complex heroine" (Kirkus Reviews), picks up a case that takes her to the refined streets of 1920s Harrogate in A Medal for Murder
A pawn-shop robbery
It's no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate - and murder is only one step behind ...
A fatal stabbing
A night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre's midst.
A ransom demand
Kate likes nothing better than a mystery - and nothing better than solving them. So when a ransom note demands £1,000 for the safe return of the play's leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate's skills in piecing together clues - and luring criminals out of their lairs…