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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."

Death at the Seaside

Read an interview with Frances at Mayhem and Magic.

She is the author of eight Kate Shackleton mysteries. The latest is Death at the Seaside. The previous episode, A Death in the Dales, was longlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. The first six 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 appeared on September 13, 2016 in the US and Canada and A Death in the Dales follows on February 14, 2017.

Death of an Avid Reader

"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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Sixpence in Her Shoe

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, followed in April by Sixpence in Her Shoe, with Halfpenny Dreams completing the set in July.

Visit the '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 adding events to her new 2017 diary: if she is appearing near you, do come along and say hello!

Tuesday, 17 January, 7.00 pm
Frances will be at the Leeds Library, Commercial Street,introducing June Taylor who will talk about her first novel, Losing Juliet, a psychological thriller (a Big Bookend event).
Monday 13 March, 2.00 pm
talking to Newall Ladies Fellowship, Otley
Wednesday, 5 April
talk to Women's Institute, Boston Spa
Sunday, 23 April
Crime Writers' Association afternoon speed dating session for authors/readers at Blackwells, Edinburgh - watch this space for details
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 April
Malice Domestic Convention, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland
Wednesday 7 June, 7.30 pm
Women's Institute, Tong Village
Wednesday 14 June, 7.30 pm
Women's Institute, Bardsey Village Hall
Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October
Bouchercon, Toronto
Tuesday, 14 November, 2.00 pm
Women's Institute, Pool-in-Wharfedale

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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