( [EBOOK] Death in the Stars (Kate Shackleton Mysteries Book 9) ) by Frances Brody – solutions–development.co.uk
read ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Frances BrodyDeath in the Stars is the third book I have ead in the series and now I feel that I ve gotten to know the main characters pretty well I find this series to be an excellent cozy mystery series to ead For me who usually ead crime and thrillers is a cozy mystery book now and then the perfect kind of book to ead when I feel that I want a genre change And on the plus side are the books in this series stand alone so it s piece a cake eading a book without having ead any
of the previous onesThis book starts off with Kate being contacted by theatrethe previous onesThis book starts off with Kate being contacted by theatre Selina Fellini who wants Kate s company to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel to see the eclipse However Kate suspects that Selina has another eason for contacting her Kate later learners that Selina is worried about some deaths around her that have occurred during the year and when Selina s friend and co star Billy Moffatt is found dead does it seem that Selina may be ightFor much of the book does it seem that there is no connection between the deaths That there is no foul play at all I mean there seems to be no motive and the two death s in the past have been uled accidental However Kate is not one to give up she will dig until she finds out the truthDeath in the Stars is the kind of book that doesn t ush the story there are a lot of characters but not at all hard to keep apart and personally I love the ending made me think of how in the end Poirot the tv series since I haven t ead the books would gather all the suspects to deliver the VERDICT DEATH IN THE STARS IS A GOOD BOOK Death in the Stars is a good book I uite enjoyed eading it I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book for an honest eview 3 stars for mystery5 stars for historical detailIt s autumn 1927 and Kate Shackleton is surprised to be invited to an eclipse viewing party with the famous variety show singer Selina Fellini Selina asks Kate to make travel arrangements but feels uneasy about the day Kate can t uite figure out what Selina wants from her exactly but agrees to go along to a party with Selina s artiste friends and to Giggleswick School for support As the nation "gears up for the total eclipse of the "up for the total eclipse of the Selina s co star Billy Moffatt is hoping the sky will be cloudy to feed his maudlin jokes During the eclipse viewing Billy disappears and is later found collapsed near death on the school grounds Selina is distraught and overwhelmed by events but the show must go on Kate agrees to stay with Billy and watches him pass away The doctor is prepared to write off the death as a heart attack but Kate isn t so sure especially since Selina had mentioned two earlier suspicious deaths within the company Then Selina s veteran husband Jarrod disappears and some fear his violent mood swings may have led him to kill anyone whom he perceived as a ival With a new junior temporary assistant and Mrs Sugden and Jim Sykes at home sleuthing for Kate she s determined to figure out exactly who wanted the curtain closed on Billy The who was pretty obvious to me I had two chief suspects and when one was eliminated I knew it was the other I wasn t 100% positive but Kate should have been thinking along the same lines A major clue was dropped at the end that led her to ealize WHY Billy died That came as a surprise I had also come up with some alternate theories that didn t seem to cross Kate s mind I was a bit disappointed in her This book also features minimal action and a lot of dialogue This is eally the first book in the series I didn t have to skip to the end to figure out what happened Where this book shines is the historical detail For the first time we have a definite timeplace setting that can t be anywhere else The oaring 20s are not eally my thing but through Kate s interactions with the artistes and their circle I ealize that the oaring 20s were oaring to forget the horrors of war The details about the eclipse the eclipse viewing party variety shows and moving pictures are all incredible There is some dialogue about moving pictures with sound never catching on and apparently a movie is in the works with someone Al something where he Yorkshire 1927 Eclipse fever grips the nation and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel Kate suspects an ulterior motiveDuring the eclipse Selina's friend and co star Billy Moffa. Ings in the picture is a bit too wink wink for me It was enough to say Rodney says motion pictures are soon to include sound I know MY HISTORY THANKS THE AUTHOR DID history thanks The author did better job with the finer details of setting her story in northern England in 1927 I eally liked all the facts woven into the story The only other thing besides the weak mystery I didn t like at all was the shades of Phantom of the Opera plot disfigured man who doesn t like to wear his half mask hides out in the underground tunnels underneath a theater where he write songs and sneaks in to see woman he loves Kate is still ather unemotional There s not much in the way of a personal subplot here I would have liked some "Reflection On What If Her Husband Had "on what if her husband had home Would he be like Jerrod or Billy or Marco Would he turn to cocaine to forget Kate does seem to have come to terms with her adoption She has two families her parents who aised her and Mary Jane Harriet Austin and the baby She doesn t seem to have a elationship with her birth mother Harriet is as irrepressible as ever I don t blame her for being mad at her mom but knowing her mom s history I don t want her going to work at 15 either I think she s just being a teenager Mrs Sugden and Mr Sykes don t provide any humor but they do take an active ole in the investigation Mrs Sugden even gets in some esearch I liked having her involved and also having Sykes soften up a bit There are tons of new characters here Selina Fellini is a superstar yet she s lovely She has never forgotten her humble beginnings as the daughter of an Italian immigrant ice cream maker Naturally I liked her story very much I m not sure how sincere she is or if she s eally as naive as she seems or if she just sticks with the familiar and comfortable She efuses to acknowledge the gossip that Billy is her lover Kate suspects he is but I don t think so I think Selina just needs a man in her orbit and Billy happens to be the man of the moment I didn t much care for his sarcastic maudlin sense of humor I didn t eally understand it He seems to have been bipolar as well His death is tragic and he didn t deserve to die even though I disliked him I also eally disliked Beryl Selina s dresser and surrogate mother Though they are apparently the same age Beryl acts like a little old lady and works hard to keep the star in superstar condition That sometimes may mean doing things against Selina s wishes or possibly even evil like murder hangers on Maybe Trotter Brockett the manager of the theater troupe is another character I disliked He is too into
promotion and eminded me a used car salesman The final suspects include Selina s own family Her husband Jerrod is suffering with PTSD and pain from his war wounds There s indication that something else is going on but I m not sure what He s also a tortured musical genius again shades of Phantom of the Opera Jerrod suffers from Mommy issues as well His mother is a bit of a nightmare She hates Selina and I suspect she fills her son s ears with poisonous words about Selina I possibly suspect her of murder The est of the company is made up of variety acts past and present In the past there was Dougie Dog who died tragically when a tram hit him and Floyd Lloyd a ventrilouist Here we have an audition show for Britain s Got Talent Neither man deserved to die Floyd left a wife and granddaughter to fend for themselves doing sweatshop piecework and Douglas Dougan left behind his beloved dogs Did they commit suicide or was it murder In the present company there is a musician Maurice Montague who seems like a bit of a drama ueen I m not sure I liked him There are some cocaine taking dancers a strongman acrobats and circus type acts They are all struggling with the changing taste in talent coming with the advent of the adio and movies I feel very sorry for them that their way of life is changing yet none of them were all that likable The one act I did like was Sandy Sechrest the memory lady My memory isn t uite that good but I know what I d be doing if I lived back then I wanted to like her even though she is aloof and sees through Jim s atte. Tt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds Kate can't help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden Kate sets about investigating the.Self Promotion And Reminded Me
The descriptions are icher fuller and you feel like you e there in the 1920s vaudeville theater world If youdescriptions are icher fuller and you feel like you e there in the 1920s vaudeville theater world If you looking for a tight mystery that is tough to guess look somewhere else Mystery set during the solar eclipse of the 1920s when it was even on an event and a magical situation when people thought it was something to do with witchery and illusion Added into that a murder within a theatre company visits to old fashioned Variety shows and some super sleuthing from Kate Shackleton and it s a winner and a half this book Full eview to come but pop this on your to be ead pile and put your glad ags on to ead it This was a nice cozy mystery I enjoyed the story although it never eally grabbed me I think my problem with the book is that Kate is becoming too passive Kate has never been the in your face type of heroine but she doesn t seem to stand out from the crowd any At one point I thought there may be some added interest when her niece Harriet turned up as I enjoyed her interaction with Kate in A Death in the Dales book However the author soon emoved her from the storyI worry that the author is making Kate just too ordinary in which case there isn t anything to make these stories different from the numerous other cozy mysteries Set at the time of the solar eclipse in 1927 with a cast of variety hall entertainers we are treated to a splendid mystery of the death of one of their number Coming close on the tails of two other accidents Kate Shackleton has the job of unravelling the truthThis is only the second of the Kate Shackleton series I ve ead this episode being number nine in the series but so well drawn are the key characters that I feel I already know them well Kate is a business like as usual ably supported by former policeman Jim Sykes and her housekeeper cum investigator Mrs Sugden Kate is ahead of her times in unning her own PI business but not so far out of it that she comes across as unrealistic there is no doubting that we are in the 1920sWith show business being the backdrop to this novel we are treated to fabulous singers ventrilouists dancers comics and acrobats all performing under the watchful eye of Trotter Brockett the man in charge of the whole shebang Being of a cautious nature when Selina the star of the show is invited to watch the eclipse at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire he gives his permission on the proviso that she is back in time for
A Rest Before Therest before the show Selina invites her co entertainer Billy Moffatt to accompany her and asks Kate to arrange transport by helicopter no less Selina is from an Italian family who are big in the ice cream business and is a fantastic singer drawing crowds to the kind of show that is beginning to feel the threat of the moving picture especially as umours about that soon the pictures will be accompanied by sound Anyway the helicopter ide to Giggleswick is to follow a party at Selina s house which is full of showbiz glamour and the trio joined by journalist who are attending to write a piece and to take pictures of the momentous occasion "Set Off Sadly Tragedy Strikes "off Sadly tragedy strikes Kate is employed to find out what happened and of course whyAlthough this is definitely at the cosy end of the crime fiction genre it isn t all lightness jokes and fluff The historical details set this apart with an appearance in this book of soldiers who fought in WWI and the injuries physical and mental that they eturned with Fear not there is a solid mystery complete with the obligatory ed herrings to keep the eader entertained as Kate turns down blind alleys in a bid to find out if the suspicious death that occurred on her watch was murder or notWith than a nod to the Golden Age writers the ending is spot on in its execution with all the panache you d expect from a showbiz tale which gave this eader no end of satisfaction even though for once I d worked out or luckily guessed which of the many colourful characters should be in the hot seat for thorough uestioning. Deaths and whether there is a murderer in the companyWhen Selina's elusive husband Jarrod injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings comes back on the scene Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fa.