Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody. Book Launch

Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody

Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody

The sixth book in the Kate Shackleton mystery series from author Frances Brody,  set in 1920s Yorkshire,  Death of an Avid Reader will have its launch on Saturday, 4 October, 11 am, in the historic Leeds Library on Commercial Street that forms part of the backdrop to the story. This is a sold out event! Please contact the Leeds Library if you have any queries, phone (0113) 245 3071, or email

The search for a daughter

Lady Coulton gave up the baby that would have ruined her marriage, born when Lord Coulton was abroad. Now that her husband is dying, she asks Kate to find Sophia.

A haunted library
It is forty years since the ghost of a dead librarian haunted the old Library, yet the stories have begun again. Kate does not believe in ghosts but obligingly takes part in a ceremony to expel the restless spirit. Shockingly, there is a body in the basement, strangled, covered in dusty volumes from a fallen bookcase. It is Dr Potter, a mathematician.
A killer on the loose
Dr Potter’s body is taken away. The police find a sick man sheltering in the basement. He is an Italian, Umberto, an organ grinder and owner of a lively Capuchin monkey. Umberto becomes the prime suspect and will be charged with murder. Kate goes with Umberto to the infirmary. But he is too weak to have killed.
And now Kate must set out to find the real culprit . . .


Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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