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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."

A Death in the Dales

She gives a glimpse of the writing life in The Leeds Big Bookend blog.

She is the author of seven Kate Shackleton mysteries. The latest, A Death in the Dales, was published in October 2015. The first four Kate Shackleton books are also available in the US, A Woman Unknown having been published on February 10th 2015. The Library Journal chose Murder in the Afternoon as one of its Best Mystery selection for 2014.

A Woman Unknown

"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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Sisters on Bread Street

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) one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award; next year, starting in the New Year, Sisters on Bread Street, Sixpence in Her Shoe and Halfpenny Dreams, originally published as Frances McNeil novels, will begin a new life as Frances Brody books. Visit the new 'Sagas' page to learn more.

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!


Frances has been busy this autumn, launching A Death in the Dales. Now she is busy writing, but watch this space for news of all future events.

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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