Frances Brody is the author of ten mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and three sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. A Woman Unknown was short-listed for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse. Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.Frances lived in New York for a time before studying at Ruskin College, Oxford, and reading English Literature and History at York University. She has taught in colleges, and on writing courses for the Arvon Foundation.
Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs in a subgroup of young, female amateur detectives who survived and were matured by their wartime experiences. As self-reliant women in a society that still regards them a second-class citizens, they make excellent heroines - Literary ReviewThis is whimsical, colourful stuff and readers will warm to the entrepreneurial yet fragile Kate - Take a BreakKate Shackleton is a splendid heroine - Ann GrangerKate Shackleton is a delightful leading character. The flavour of post First World War England is beautifully portrayed. An enjoyable and gripping mystery story - CrimeSquad.comRefreshing and highly entertaining, especially for the winter nights - Gazette and HeraldBrody's excellent mystery splendidly captures the conflicts and attitudes of the time with well-developed characters - RT Book ReviewsThe best so far. Frances Brody has made it to the top rank of crime writers - Daily MailFrances Brody matches a heroine of free and independent spirit with a vivid evocation of time and place . . . a novel to cherish. - Daily Mail