DEAD ONE MINUTE
Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they scarper quick smart and look for some help.
ALIVE THE NEXT?
When help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?
A SINISTER DISAPPEARING ACT
It seems like another unusual case requiring the expertise of Kate Shackleton. But for Kate this is one case where surprising family ties makes it her most dangerous - and delicate - yet . . .
In the prologue of Brody's engaging third Kate Shackleton mystery set in post-WWI England (after 2013's A Medal for Murder), Harriet Armstrong and her younger brother, Austin, find the body of their stone mason father, Ethan, lying in a hut by the quarry where he works. Harriet goes to a nearby farm for help, but the body is gone by the time she returns. Ethan's wife, Mary Jane, later asks Kate, who is a private detective, to investigate; she also gives Kate news of her family that changes her life. Was Ethan really dead, or did he merely disappear? Kate and her assistant, Jim Sykes, uncover one puzzle after another in their search for the stone mason, who made enemies as a labor agitator, drawing the unwelcome attention of national authorities. The bucolic setting of the village of Great Applewick and the period atmosphere add authentic touches to this finely drawn traditional mystery with multiple storylines.