Review: Death In The Stars - Frances Brody

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Title: Death in the Stars
Author: Frances Brody
Genre: Crime & Mystery
Price: £8.99
Publication Date: 05/10/2017

Beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches Kate Shackleton to accompany her to an eclipse viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel. But does she have an ulterior motive? During the party, Selina's friend and co-star Billy Mofat disappears and is later found dead. After Kate digs deeper, she finds out that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly strange circumstances. Kate sets about investigating the deaths with the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden. She wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame...

Hello my lovelies! I'm pleased to be making my blogging comeback with a review of Frances Brody's latest mystery novel 'Death in the Stars'. I'm ecstatic to be part of the blog tour as I have reviewed Brody's previous novel 'Death at the Seaside' last year and loved it!

As you can probably tell from the title, 'Death in the Stars' is a mystery/crime novel. It's part of the Kate Shackleton mystery series but you don't have to read any of the other books before this one as every book is different and you'll get to know the characters! The book is just under 400 pages but I would still class it as a light read because the story flows easily. Just a little warning- when you start reading 'Death in the Stars', you won't be able to put it down as it keeps you craving more!

Similarly to her previous novel, Brody put tremendous effort into the characters and the setting, making it easy for the reader to picture it all. The character of Kate Shackleton is very likeable and her clever thinking will leave you feeling envious! The novel would be missing something if it didn't include the charming characters of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden as they are as important as Kate Shackleton. I find that in some novels, helpers of detectives are usually undervalued but not in this one! As to the theatre troupe, there are quite a few characters but they are all different and all bring something to the story. 

I gave this book a rating of four stars as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the twists. I was drawn to giving this book five stars however I had a gut feeling early on in the story as to who the culprit might be so the revelation was a bit underwhelming, in saying that I think the story was wrapped up nicely! I genuinely recommend this novel to any mystery lover! And even if you're not a fan of crime, I think Brody's novels are perfect to start to delve into the world of mystery.

Rating: 4/5


About The Author

Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the Harper Collins Elizabeth  Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies.

Don't forget out to check out the reviews of 'Death in the Stars' by other bloggers who are part of the blog tour!

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Thank you to Little, Brown UK for providing me with a copy of this book in return for my honest review!

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