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Death in the Stars: A Kate Shackleton Mystery    by Frances Brody order for
Death in the Stars
by Frances Brody
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Minotaur, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

With Death in the Stars by Frances Brody, we take a step back in place and time to Yorkshire, England – the year 1927. The year of an eclipse.

Selina Fellini, a much-loved star of the theater, invites Kate Shackleton to accompany her to view the eclipse from the grounds of the Giggleswick School chapel. Kate believes there is more to the invitation than a viewing of an eclipse. She was right. Selina's co-star and close friend Billy Moffatt is discovered dead on the chapel's grounds. Kate soon learns that two other members of the troupe have died in what, at the time, were considered accidents.

Kate doesn't accept that. She is leery of the police findings and starts an investigation. Kate is frightened that Selina could be next. To make matters worse, Selina is married to a man who fought in the Great War and carries the scars of World War I on his face. The man has violent moods.

Death in the Stars is delightful, if murder can ever be considered delightful. The author has a keen grasp of the 1920s and manages to thrust the reader into that period of time. She shares a well-written take on the wardrobes of the characters as well as the manners, vehicles, entertainment, home décor, and the favorite drink of the day. (The recipe for this can be found on the last page.) A very enjoyable read.

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