Dying in the Wool

Dying in the Wool

Book - 2012
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"Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs." -- Literary Review

Take one quiet Yorkshire village

Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...

Add a measure of mystery

Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

A sprinkling of scandal

Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers?

And Kate Shackleton--amateur sleuth extraordinaire!

Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed...

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781429950954
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Brody 2012
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

The instigator of the investigation wants her father to walk her down the aisle. Trouble is, he's been missing for nearly seven years.

Feb 26, 2017

The first half of the book was engaging enough to keep reading but this book proved to be at the very least 100 pages too long. I flipped through the endless and unnecessary details looking for the ending. Very frustrating .

Nov 08, 2016

The first book in the Kate Shackleton series

Dec 02, 2015

very cool series. got this is the first in the series

Aug 15, 2014

I rated this book as good, primarily because of the detailed information about woollen mills in post-WW1 Britain. I did find the mystery interesting, but liked the other characters better than the protagonist. I didn't care for the chapters flashing back to 1916 and told from the point of view of the various characters in the story; that only interrupted the flow of the story.
Once I got past the slow start it was a good story, but I won't be reading the other books in the series. I prefer Jacqueline Winspear's series set in the same time period.

jeanner222 Mar 20, 2013

31-year-old Kate Shackleton is a widow, thanks to the Great War. She is also an amateur sleuth.

Her friend, Tabitha, is getting married and has an assignment for Kate: find her father. It is not known if Joshua Braithwaite, master of the mill, is dead or merely missing. If he is still alive, Tabitha would like to invite her father to her wedding.

With some help from an ex-cop, Sykes, Kate becomes entangled in so much more than a search for Tabby’s missing father. Improprieties at the mill, Joshua’s sexual indiscretions, and the deaths of others connected to the mill will muddle Kate’s investigation.

A very, very slow and unsatisfying mystery. Not recommended.

hgeng63 Feb 06, 2013

Only if you have nothing better to read. Not a model of the well-plotted cozy mystery. The only real liveliness comes in the descriptions of the Northern mill towns.

Dec 05, 2012

I thought this was a bit too twee. Our plucky heroine is just okay, the writing is very simple.

Jun 05, 2012

A period piece set in c. 1922, but that does not overwhelm the story. Well plotted. Good protagonist.

Feb 10, 2011

I kept hoping for action, in this 1920 story. By page 57, 6 people had been introduced, with 6 or 7 others mentioned, and of those last, 4 had died during the War. The only action this far is the description of how Kate starts her car. Yawn!


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