Yorkshire, 1928, and it is time for Kate Shackleton, private investigator, to take a holiday. She has always been interested in photography, so what better that an outing organised by her local photography society to Bronte country?
Unfortunately, tensions run high within the group and when the most unpopular member is murdered, it falls to Kate to find the murderer. But when the group consists of friends who she has known for a good while, could one of them possibly be a killer?
The tenth Kate Shackleton mystery, a series I have been following since its beginning with Dying In The Wool. They are pleasant, character-led mysteries, with Kate and her retinue growing throughout the stories. While not the most fast-paced of mysteries, they have all been pleasant reads.
This is no exception. The motives are well constructed, and the suspects an interesting bunch, and while I thought the killer’s identity was somewhat inevitable – that’s two books in a row! – I’m sure that may be just because I’ve read too many mysteries.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed by the book, but if you are looking for a twist-laden book laden with multiple murders, then best look elsewhere. But if you want a gentle murder mystery with scenery that you can almost see, then this is definitely worth your while.
Many thanks to Little, Brown for the review copy.