A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody

A Snapshot of Murder (Kate Shackleton #10)


Crooked Lane Books |19 April 2019|Print length 339 pages|e-book review copy|3*

Blurb (Amazon):

Yorkshire, 1928. Indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton is taking a well-deserved break from her detective work and indulging in her other passion: photography. When her local Photographic Society proposes an outing, Kate jumps at the chance to visit Haworth and Stanbury, in the heart of Brontë country, the setting for Wuthering Heights.

But when an obnoxious member of their party is murdered, the group is thrown into disarray. Is the murderer amongst them, or did the loud-mouthed Tobias have more enemies than they might have imagined?

Armed with her wit and wiles, and of course her trusty camera, it’s up to Kate to crack the case, and get that perfect shot too . . .

A Snapshot of Murder by  Francis Brody is the 10th in her Kate Shackleton series. I’ve read three of her earlier books and I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much. I think, though, that the setting is excellent, particularly in Haworth when the Bronte Parsonage Museum was opened in 1928. But I was disappointed to find that the murder could have taken place anywhere – it no connection to the Brontes, or to the opening of the Museum, apart from the fact that the murderer took advantage of being in a crowd of people and managed to slip away unnoticed. 

I like Kate Shackleton – she’s a competent private investigator, but the murder mystery was too easy to solve. It began well but it was obvious who was going to end up dead and although there are several suspects, it soon became obvious who the culprit was and my interest waned. And any sympathy I had for the murderer had just disappeared by the end of the book.

My thanks to the publishers, Crooked Lane Books for my review copy via NetGalley.

8 thoughts on “A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody

  1. Sorry to hear that this one didn’t do it for you, Margaret. I suppose it’s hard to keep a series going for ten novels and not have at least one that’s a let-down. Still, I’m glad you though the setting was done well.

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  2. I’ve seen books from this series in the library I think but not tried one. It sounds like the earlier books were better so if I see book 1 I’ll perhaps nab it to try.

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  3. I have a couple of these mysteries on my TBR shelf and they have been highly recommended by people I trust. Too bad the author didn’t make more of the setting—I admit my heart raced to read it was set in Haworth, so much scope for imagination there!

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    1. It was the Haworth setting that drew me in and the detail of the opening of the Bronte museum is good interesting. I’ve only been there once but I could picture the locations which did help picture the scenes.


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