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When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin, James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a maharajah last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond.
Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category. Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels like an outsider in her sympathies. One thing she is sure of: her own skills and insights. Qualities that she is sure will help her unravel the latest disappearance on that fateful summer's day....
©2013 Frances McNeil (P)2013 Magna Large Print Books
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Critic Reviews

"Elegantly written." (Independent)
"Well, it's brilliant." (The Bookbag)
"There are shades of [Agatha] Christie in Brody's popular 1920s series featuring amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton." (Rutland Times)
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By Adrianne on 08-05-16

one of her best

love it, much better than the last book, narrator was excellent as always.much better story line.

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By Ygraine on 02-19-17

Kate Shackleton does it again.

Frances Brody has a lovy turn of phrase and sn entertainingly dry wit. This story combines so many strands, sunset of empire, cultural differences between poor and rich English and Indian and also the delightful tension between capable women and an establishment finding convenience in underestimating and undermining them. The story twists and turns so there is never a dull moment and Kate Dove gives a wonderful performance. Her voice reels you in from the start and her characters are delightfully convincing! i've already downloaded the next one.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-28-16


It was a nice story, clever, interesting and I loved the vintage. Most of all I felt as though a skilled storyteller was with me and it was very nice indeed.

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By K. on 09-18-16

Not her best

Too long winded and dull. It seemed to never get to the point! The narrator did a reasonable job, but not my favourite in this series.

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