Book Launch. Death in the Stars by Frances Brody on Saturday 7th October, 12pm at the Leeds Library

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07/10/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The Leeds Library

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Join Leeds author Frances Brody for the launch of her ninth novel in the popular Kate Shackleton mystery series, Death in the Starspublished by Piatkus, Little, Brown, on Saturday 7th October, 12pm at the Leeds Library (on Commercial Street).

Frances will read from and discuss her book before taking audience questions and signing copies of Death in the Stars.

Tickets are free but places must be reserved in advance. To reserve your place please click here. For venue enquiries please call the Leeds Library on 0113 245 3071.

If you can’t make it to the launch, then Frances will be holding a series of book signings to coincide with the publication of Death in the Stars:

Saturday 7th October, 2.00 – 5.00 pm, signing at Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS.

Saturday 14th October, 1.00 – 3.00 pm, signing at Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL.

Saturday 21st October, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm, signing at Waterstones, 15 James Street, Harrogate HG1 1QS.

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Frances is an award winning writer. She has written many stories and plays for BBC radio, scripts for television and four novels (as Frances McNeil). Frances’s stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award. She lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up, and then travelled, including a spell in the USA. Time spent in Bradford, heart of the woollen industry, gave her a valuable insight into the background for Dying in the Wool, the first Kate Shackleton mystery. You can read more about Frances here.

In June, 1927, eclipse fever grips the nation. The Astronomer Royal sets up his observation post in the grounds of Giggleswick School Chapel. Special trains bring several hundred thousand eclipse chasers to Yorkshire.  Beloved singing star Selina Fellini, back in her home town performing at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, asks trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to Giggleswick, to join the viewing party.

Comedian Billy Moffatt is with Kate and Selina to witness the eclipse, and then he disappears. When Billy is found dead in the chapel grounds, Kate digs deeper. She soon learns that during the past year two other members of the theatre troupe died in “accidents”. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company.

Death in the Stars is published on 5th October 2017. Paperback Original, £8.99.