Frances Brody comes from a great family of story tellers, though she's the first in the family to write professionally. "On the screen of my imagination," she says, "I can conjure aunts and uncles from years gone by, and the word pictures they painted of people from earlier generations."
Read an interview with Frances at Mayhem and Magic.
She is the author of seven Kate Shackleton mysteries. The latest, A Death in the Dales, was published in October 2015, and has been longlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. The first five Kate Shackleton books are also available in the US, where A Woman Unknown was shortlisted for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Edgar award of the Mystery Writers of America. Minotaur Books now publish two Kate Shackleton books a year, moving towards coinciding publication dates on both sides of the Atlantic. Death of an Avid Reader will be out on September 13, 2016 in the US and Canada and A Death in the Dales on February 14, 2017.
"The series began," explains Frances, "with a picture in my head of a man trapped behind a high wall, unable to return home. Someone needed to discover who and where he was. Along came Kate Shackleton, sleuth extraordinaire. She stepped from our family album like the genie summoned from the lamp."
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Before creating the Kate Shackleton mystery series, Frances wrote many stories and plays for BBC radio, scripts for television and four novels (as Frances McNeil). Now Sisters on Bread Street, Sixpence in Her Shoe and Halfpenny Dreams, originally published as Frances McNeil novels, are beginning a new life as Frances Brody books. Sisters on Bread Street was published in January 2016, and is now followed by Sixpence in Her Shoe. Halfpenny Dreams will be published on July 7th, and ten lucky readers have won early copies in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Frances's stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award. She lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up, and then travelled, including a spell in the USA. Time spent in Bradford, heart of the woollen industry, gave her a valuable insight into the background for Dying in the Wool, the first Kate Shackleton mystery.
Read a recent interview with Frances in the Yorkshire Post.
Make sure you visit Frances's blog for the latest from her in her own words!
- Tuesday 13 September, 2.30 pm
- Frances will be talking about the Kate Shackleton series and its Leeds settingss, as part of the Crime & Punishment Exhibition, Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH
- Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 September
- Bouchercon, New Orleans
- Wednesday 28 September, 7.30 pm
- Frances joins a Readers' Group discussion of A Death in the Dales as part of the Richmond Walking and Books Festival
More information from Castle Hill Bookshop.
- Thursday 13 October, 7.30 pm
- Thursday Group, Cookridge Methodist Church
Header photograph, Ingenues arrive, Central Station, Sydney, 1928-1929, by Sam Hood from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
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