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A Woman Unknown    by Frances Brody order for
Woman Unknown
by Frances Brody
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Minotaur, 2016 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Kate Shackleton is a Private Investigator in 1923 England. She likes being independent and enjoys her work. She has not been able to locate her fiancé who has not returned from the war, but will not give up hope.

Kate has just been approached by Cyril Fitzpatrick who wants Kate to follow his wife, Deirdre, to discover where she goes. He does not suspect infidelity but hates her disappearing, sometimes for days at a time. Theirs is a May/December marriage. Her main concern is her mother's poor health. His is not to contribute a penny to her care.

Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin. His wife, who is an American heiress, will no longer pay his bills nor back his moneymaking schemes. He is found dead in a hotel room. Kate is beginning to think that Runcie's death and the occasional disappearance of Fitzpatrick's wife are connected in some way.

The upper class and royalty lived a very different life than the everyday man, but not all are happy with the changes the war made.

A Woman Unknown is a delightful mystery, uncluttered by today's digital gadgets. Brody presents England the way it was between wars. Clothing, food, her Jowett motor car, the slang of the day – all is faithfully depicted as it was then. A few words' meaning eluded me but didn't stop me from enjoying this step back in time. This mystery is full of interesting characters who seem to be wrested from true life.

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