Kate Shackleton is back! She is one of my favourite book detectives and in Death in the Stars she is solving the murder of comic Billy Moffat. It’s 1927 and eclipse fever has taken over the country. Kate is asked to arrange a flight for a music hall star, Selina Fellini and Billy from Leeds to Giggleswick School. The school happens to be one of the best places to view the eclipse. Two things stuck me about this:

  • Why would anyone hire a private detective to sort out travel arrangements for them? There has to be something more.
  • Someone called a school ‘Giggleswick’ and thought it was a good idea.

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August is the month when everyone decides to take a holiday – after all nothing ever happens except for a constant state of sweat and damp armpits (I am not speaking from personal experience AT ALL). In Death at the Seaside, PI Kate Shakleton feels the same and she decides to take a well-earned break and visit her childhood friend Alma in Whitby. Whitby has bittersweet memories for Kate and when she passes the jewellers where her long-ago fiancé bought her ring from, she doesn’t think anything will come of the visit other than seeing Mr Philips, the proprietor and the man who served her all those years ago. Instead she finds him murdered on the floor.

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