Frances Brody comes from a great family of story tellers, though she's the first in the family to write professionally. "On the screen of my imagination," she says, "I can conjure aunts and uncles from years gone by, and the word pictures they painted of people from earlier generations."
She gives a glimpse of the writing life in The Leeds Big Bookend blog.
She is the author of five Kate Shackleton mysteries, of which the latest is Murder on a Summer's Day, published in the UK on 3rd October 2013; the sixth, Death of an Avid Reader, follows in October 2014.
"The series began," explains Frances, "with a picture in my head of a man trapped behind a high wall, unable to return home. Someone needed to discover who and where he was. Along came Kate Shackleton, sleuth extraordinaire. She stepped from our family album like the genie summoned from the lamp."
Click any cover to read more about that novel, or click here to learn more about Kate and the series as a whole. (The first three of the series are now published in the US, and others will follow).
And make sure you visit Frances's blog for the latest from her in her own words!
Frances has added some new dates to her diary for summer 2014 - and she's already making plans for the launch of Death of an Avid Reader in the autumn; if you are at any of these events, do come and say hello!:
- Saturday, 30 August, 1.00 - 3.00 pm
- Signing at The Whitby Bookshop, 88 Church Street, Whitby YO22 4BH
- Tuesday, 2 September, 6.00 - 7.00 pm
- Becoming a Writer: Talk at Whitby Library, Windsor Terrace, Whitby YO21 1ET
For more information, e-mail:
- Thursday, 4 September, 7.00 pm
- Turning to Crime - Talk at Filey Library, Station Avenue, Filey, YO14 9AE
For more information, telephone: 0845 0349513 or e-mail:
- Saturday, 6 September, 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm
- Waterstones, 97-98 Westborough, Scarborough, Y011 1UQ
- Saturday, 4 October, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
- Launch of Death of an Avid Reader
with coffee and cake at The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL
Limited numbers. For an invitation, please contact the library: or (0113) 245 3071.
- Saturday, 11 October, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
- Signing at Waterstones, 40-42 James Street, Harrogate, HG1 1RF
For more information, telephone: 01423 531953
- Saturday, 18 October 1 pm - 3 pm
- Signing at Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
For more information, telephone: 01904 620784
- Saturday, 25 October, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
- Signing at Waterstones, 12-13 Kingsgate Centre, Huddersfield HD1 2QB
For more information, telephone: 01484 430701
- Saturday 22 November, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
- Signing at Waterstones, 2 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1SP
For more information, telephone: 01924 363535
- Saturday 29 November, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
- Signing at Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS
Before creating the Kate Shackleton mystery series, Frances wrote many stories and plays for BBC radio, scripts for television and four novels (as Frances McNeil), one of which, Somewhere Behind the Morning, won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Visit www.francesmcneil.co.uk to learn more.
Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.
Frances lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up, and then travelled, including a spell in the USA. Time spent in Bradford, heart of the woollen industry, gave her a valuable insight into the background for Dying in the Wool, the first Kate Shackleton mystery.
Header photograph, Ingenues arrive, Central Station, Sydney, 1928-1929, by Sam Hood from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
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Last update: 18th August 2014.