"Kate Shackleton is asked to find a missing father."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted April 3, 2013
Kate Shackleton is a war widow who has some skill at finding
people for others. She has never been able to find out what
happened to her husband, who was missing in action in France
Kate's mother is a member of the aristocracy but her father
works for the police. That exposure to police procedure and
her fine intellect aid her in solving the cases brought to
Kate receives a letter from an acquaintance asking for her
help in finding a missing husband and father. Joshua
Braithewaite went missing in strange circumstances years
ago. His daughter, Tabitha, is about to get married and she
wants him to walk her down the aisle. She offers to pay
Kate for her help.
After consulting with her father, Kate hires Jim Sykes to
aid her in her search. A former policeman who didn't quite
fit in with the forces, Jim Sykes has the skills to go into
the mill to investigate and the muscle to convince her
mother to let her go.
Kate and Jim travel to Bridgestead, an milltown where
newcomers are regarded with suspicion. Kate soon learns that
while Tabitha wants her father back, Tabitha's mother
The more she investigates, the more concerned Kate is that
she won't be able to solve the mystery until other people
begin to die. Confused with the direction the investigation
takes, Kate will be grateful for Jim's presence.
What Kate learns will put her in danger as she exposes
DYING IN THE WOOL is a fascinating look at post WW1 England
and the changes in the social structure that took places.
Kate owns a car and a camera and is not afraid to step
outside what is expected of a widow in those days.
Fans of the Jacqueline Winspeare and Carola Dunn books may
want to look into this first book. Kate is a fascinating
character who is determined to live on her own after her
husband's death even as her parents are determined to bring
her home. One has to admire someone who is determined to
stand on her own even as they face life's hardest moments.
Take one quiet Yorkshire village
Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling
hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote,
nothing exceptional happens…
Add a measure of mystery
Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite
goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of
A sprinkling of scandal
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?
And Kate Shackleton—amateur sleuth extraordinaire!
Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who
better to get to the bottom of Joshua’s mysterious
But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers,
she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed…
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