Sunday Book Club – A Medal For Murder, Frances Brody

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we are going to look at a Kate Shackleton mystery.

A Medal For Murder (2010)

Frances Brody


A pawn-shop robbery

It’s no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case. But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate – and murder is only one step behind.

A fatal stabbing

A night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre’s midst.

A ransom demand

Kate likes nothing better than solving mysteries. So when a ransom note demands £1,000 for the safe return of the play’s leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate’s skills in piecing together clues – and luring criminals out of their lairs . . .

– from Waterstones

Positive Points

There are a lot of murder mystery books out there and a lot of them tend to follow the same pattern, I found with this book it did not do this and went its own way. I really like this book because you can imagine it being a television series or a film. I enjoy the way the characters are painted and you also get to delve into their world as well as just focussing on the case at hand.

Negative Points

I would say initially I was a bit irritated that it was going to be quite a long read as it is over 400 pages. However, when I started to read that slowly started to disappear as the more you read the more engaged you become.

Overall Review

When the first book in a series is really good, the second book can be something that lets it down and I was really impressed that this book was a really good read. I love the fact that it can be read as a continuation or as a stand alone and it will still make sense. The twists and turns means that you want to keep reading to find out the result.

Rating : **** 4 Stars

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