Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton – amateur sleuth extraordinaire!
Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens, except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite, goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.
Now Joshua’s daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?
Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua’s mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed . . .
I bought this book as I was taking part in the cover reveal for the latest Frances Brody novel, Murder on a Summer’s Day.
From the first few pages I knew I was going to enjoy this book. The protagonist Kate Shackleton is a younger, Yorkshire version of Miss Marple. She’s a very independent, determined character with her own tale to tell as well as investigate the disappearance of her friend’s father.
Based in Yorkshire and in the mill industry this is just a good old fashioned detective story. The writing depicts the era really well and I loved the simpleness of the ‘detectiveness’ and the characters speaking in their Yorkshire accents. There are red herrings in abundance and plenty of characters to point your finger at, so much so that I didn’t twig who’d done it until it was spelt out.
A little slow in places but I didn’t mind that, it felt like you were in that time when everything moved at a slower pace including their investigations.
If you enjoy a Marple or a Poirot mystery then try this for something new.