A Medal for Murder

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Macmillan, Feb 12, 2013 - Fiction - 424 pages
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"Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs... They make excellent heroines." --Literary Review

Frances Brody's "refreshingly complex heroine" (Kirkus Reviews), picks up a case that takes her to the refined streets of 1920s Harrogate in A Medal for Murder

A pawn-shop robbery

It's no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate - and murder is only one step behind ...

A fatal stabbing

A night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre's midst.

A ransom demand

Kate likes nothing better than a mystery - and nothing better than solving them. So when a ransom note demands 1,000 for the safe return of the play's leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate's skills in piecing together clues - and luring criminals out of their lairs...

 

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A MEDAL FOR MURDER

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sleuthing becomes more than a diversion for a World War I maybe-widow whose husband is still MIA.Now that Kate Shackleton and her assistant, ex-policeman Jim Sykes, have succeeded in solving a case of ... Read full review

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User Review  - szg00 - LibraryThing

Boring, didn't finish. Returned to library. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Pawnbroker
3
2 In Harrogate
11
3 Adaptation
15
4 Is This a Dagger?
28
5 Exit on a Bike
33
6 Corpsing
44
7 Curtain Up on the Case
48
28 No Pension
234
29 Miss Fells Supporting Role
245
30 Enter the Cavalry
251
31 Resting
262
32 A Delayed Entrance
271
33 Improvisation
275
34 Tireman
286
35 Dont Bump
296

8 Wee Willie Wolfendale
57
9 HardBitten
63
10 Closet Drama
73
11 Noises Off
79
12 The Ransom Note
90
13 Prompt Corner
98
14 Rehearsal
108
15 Called to Arms
122
16 Oh I Will Sit
140
17 The House Agents Clerk
146
18 Stage Fright
153
19 Foxtrot Murder
161
20 Masking
166
21 Closed Due to Bereavement
181
22 English Teachers
193
23 Clouding
200
24 The Key Players
205
25 Tragic Carpet
215
26 Behind the Mask
220
27 Full of Smoke and Embers
229
36 Pipistrelle Lodge
303
37 Scissor Crossing
308
38 Mystery Play
315
39 Corsican Trap
325
40 Blocking
330
41 Bar Bell
337
42 Curtain Call
344
43 Limelight
356
44 Get Out
363
45 Revenge Tragedy
374
46 Cup and Saucer Drama
380
47 The Scene Draws Over
385
48 Radiant Heat and Light
394
49 Tabs
400
50 Saved by the Clapper
406
51 Manet
410
Epilogue
419
Acknowledgements
423
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About the author (2013)

FRANCES BRODY lives in the North of England, where she was born and grew up. Frances started her writing life in radio, with many plays and short stories broadcast by the BBC. She has also written for television and theatre. Before turning to crime, she wrote sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium.