Murder in the Afternoon: A Kate Shackleton Mystery
Minotaur, 2015 (2011)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
Murder in the Afternoon
is a charming English historical whodunit, set post World War I. Though this is the third in the series (following
Dying in the Wool
A Medal for Murder
), it's the first one I've read, but that did not dilute my enjoyment of the book at all.
he story opens as two children (ten-year-old Harriet and her small brother Austin) stumble upon their father's corpse when they deliver his dinner to the quarry site where he was working on a sundial repair - '
a country child knows a dead thing when she sees it.
ur heroine, PI Kate Shackleton, is pulled into an investigation when the children's mother, Mary Jane Armstrong, knocks on her door in the middle of the night, seeking her help - the corpse has disappeared and police do not believe the children's story.
ate is reluctant until Mary Jane reveals their connection. So she heads to Great Applewick with Mary Jane, leaving a message for her assistant, ex-policeman Sykes. Local gossip is that '
Ethan Armstrong is an atheist and a revolutionary
' and a witness claims to have seen Mary Jane at the quarry.
ventually, Mary Jane is arrested - by Scotland Yard's Marcus Charles, with whom Kate is having an affair. Of course, he tries to keep her out of the investigation in a manner that is rather patronizing. And naturally, she ignores his wishes, keeps digging, and helps solve the case. An engaging cozy!
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