“A Death in the Dales” by Frances Brody

“A Death in the Dales” is the first book by Frances Brody that I have read.  I wasn’t sure that I would like a British mystery, especially because the colloquial speech of Britain is so different.  Phrases and words were foreign to me and forced me to search for the meaning of the words, foods, and other jargon that was new to me.  I loved it!  Because this book is set in one of my favorite time periods and is full of murder and mystery, I am determined to read more books by Frances Brody.  I found that the story line was not as important to me as what I learned about British life in the 1020’s.  I read because I love to read, I am twice blessed when I read a book and learn so many new things.

The character of Kate Shackleton, private investigator, is a strong woman, but still feminine.  Her insights in dealing with suspicious characters are very revealing of her intellect.  I especially enjoyed the minor characters in this novel.  They were quite charming in their own way.  I thought that the way they were presented gave me more suspects for the misdeeds and made the book much more interesting.

I would like to thank NightOwlreviews.com for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free print copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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