"A Snapshot of Murder" By Frances Brody: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

You’d think a short field trip by the local photography club would be a nice outing resulting in interesting photos, maybe a gallery show for the photographers. Instead, it turned into a murder investigation, and the club members are required to stay in town until the killer is found.

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Kate Shackleton and Mr. Sykes, Jim that is, are private investigators. Although Kate is technically the boss, Jim is vital to the business and she considers him a partner. Even the housekeeper, Mrs. Sugden, gets out of the kitchen to help with tricky cases when needed.
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The field trip is a nice break in routine until a member of their party is killed during the opening ceremony for the Brontë Museum. The crowd is so pressed together, it’s almost impossible to tell who did the killing and when. The crowd was much more interested on what was going on it front of them, rather than beside them.

Kate’s friend Marcus, from Scotland Yard, is in charge of the investigation. The most likely suspects are members of the club. In a surprising move, Marcus asks for Kate’s help. Usually, he warns her off any case he’s on. In order to get home again as well as find the killer, Kate agrees.

Scandals from the past, current misbehavior, and greed, all can be possible motives for the death. It will take a clever mind to figure out not only who did it but how. Is Kate up to the task?

This is the tenth book in the series, set in Yorkshire, 1928. Kate’s job as an investigator is unusual for the times. She cares for her niece, a temporary plan that shows no end as yet. In the midst of all the chaos, Kate seems to have acquired a dog—a bloodhound no less. He’s a police dog school dropout, but no one can hold that against him. He has other talents.

To forget cell phones, memes, emails, and the rush of daily life, a visit to Yorkshire will put you right again. Kate makes a delightful friend. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, there’s a twist, but you have to wait until the end for it.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  5. I am a huge fan of British mysteries. Thanks for the introduction to this author and this series.

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