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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Brody Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills, and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing under dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again. Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants to make one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress? Or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/12/2014

    " A rather charming and light period mystery set in the northern England of the 1920s. It's the first volume of a new series, and I am looking forward to further volumes. The heroine has an interesting back story which will no doubt be explored in further volumes (a husband missing in WW1), and I liked her sidekick, who will not be a romantic interest, for a change. There is quite a bit of interesting info on the wool trade at the time. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 1/31/2014

    " A wonderfully written classic crime novel, quintessentially english packed with wonderful characters, intriguing mysteries and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Perfect for anyone who like their crime filled with puzzles not gore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/29/2014

    " I was intrigued by this book's setting in Yorkshire after WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/19/2014

    " It was a bit slow moving, but I liked it nonetheless. The main character was interesting, which was the most attractive thing about the book. Kate Shackleton has had some luck finding people for others, so this is her first case as a professional detective. She has to take on a partner (Mr. Sykes), which she isn't used to, and she makes mistakes, which makes the book and character believable. The book isn't a cozy, though one might think so from the cover. I would read another book featuring this character, as I am interested in both the time period and in Kate's own search for her husband, Gerald, who disappeared sometime during WWI while at the front. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/16/2014

    " Nice convoluted plot, annoying heroine. Needs some humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/8/2014

    " Set in 1922 England and introducing Kate Shackleton, a presumed war widow, this is the beginning of a delightful historical cozy series. I enjoyed both the mystery and the view of a very different era. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/7/2014

    " I'm surprised I didn't like this book more. Maybe it was just the day I chose to read it . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/4/2014

    " Not bad, but I had a hard time getting into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/31/2013

    " This was an excellent post-World War I mystery. Great for fans of Maisie Dobbs. I look forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Rosfeld | 12/20/2013

    " a mystery in the mold of Masie Dobbs, set in Britain after the 1st world war. I hope she writes more, I would like to see this character progress into a seasoned detective "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louise Silk | 10/31/2013

    " Kate Shackleton, former nurse and ambulance driver takes on a search for mill owner, Joshua Brainthwright. The tale moves at a snail's pace with uninspired characters and a predictable storyline. There wasn't anything here to keep my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/30/2013

    " I was drawn to this book because of the time period-after WWI. It was ok but the characters and story weren't as interesting as Masie Dobbs or the books by Charles Todd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Moberg | 9/14/2013

    " This is yet another fresh take on the post WWI British female detective, and it truly is fresh, along with having a satisfying, old-fashioned feel to it -- something I really enjoy in a mystery novel. The main characters are quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/30/2013

    " Library - hardcover Light mystery set in England circa 1920 in mill country. Needed a much lighter read after my last two - which were very good but heavier! Enjoyed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/9/2013

    " Very well done, intelligent mystery set in post WWI England. The textile mills in the Lake District star. Will look for more by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/14/2013

    " mystery solved satisfactorily, but personal life left hanging... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/9/2013

    " Interesting, well thought through mystery. Period details gave the story an authentic feel. Writing felt a little too formal at times, but this worked well with the time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wyshona D. Lawson | 1/30/2013

    " Great start to a new series! I love reading mysteries based during this time period! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 12/27/2012

    " I loved this quirky interesting cosy crime book and would recomend it to anyone who likes well written period detective fiction with a bit of a feminist perspective.Will definitely be looking out for more of this authors books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 12/21/2012

    " This series takes place after World War I when many young women found themselves as widows. I love the setting, and the discussion of the textile industry at this time was also good. I want to read more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Darbyshire | 9/14/2012

    " I wasn't at all sure this was going to be my kind of thing, I was expecting it to be a bit too cosy for me, but I was on holiday and wanted some light reading. And I liked Kate, thought the mystery was reasonably decent. It was enjoyable and I will be back for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/28/2012

    " Good story, but boring. I wanted to read it, but fell asleep every time I sat down to read this book. After a little more than halfway through I skipped to the last chapter. Now I know what happened, but didn't have to suffer through all of those annoying (boring) intervening chapters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 5/12/2012

    " Got bored with this and fast-forwarded to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2012

    " A fabric mill mystery. Whew. Took me a long time to read. Not very good. "

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About the Author
Author Frances Brody

Frances Brody is a pseudonym for Frances McNeil, scriptwriter, playwright, novelist, and winner of the Elizabeth Elgin Award for best new saga of the millennium. Her stage plays have been toured by several theater companies with Jehad nominated for a Time Out Award.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber is a voice-over actor who can be heard on audiobooks, video games, and international radio and television. Born in England and living in New York, she specializes in accents, including American, Scottish, Irish, Australian, and all dialects of British. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.