Category : Miscellaneous

“Vigee likes your review”

  This morning, I was thinking that it’s a long while since I wrote a blog, and also thinking about this coming weekend when I’ll be attending the St Hilda’s Crime & Mystery event in Oxford. I then opened my emails. Goodreads told me that Vigee liked my review (2011)…

Introducing Death at the Seaside, and a Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads  giveaway, open to entries until 23 September (UK and Ireland) Last November, I was in Whitby doing a little extra research for Death at the Seaside, the eighth Kate Shackleton novel, to be published as a paperback original on 6 October 2016. Whitby is a former whaling port, once…

Goodreads Giveaway Halfpenny Dreams

To mark the re-publication of Halfpenny Dreams (originally called Sisters of Fortune), my brilliant publisher will be giving away ten copies on Goodreads, UK and Ireland. Halfpenny Dreams began with a wish to set a story in that area of Leeds called the Bank, where the poor Irish lived from the…

Newcastle Noir at the Lit&Phil

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of taking part in Newcastle Noir at the Lit&Phil Library.  This hugely enjoyable festival is in its second year and attracted high calibre writers along with enthusiastic and informed readers and bloggers. The organisers, Jacky Collins, Kay Easson and Ariane Bogain put together…

Frances’s Sagas – re-published 2016

SISTERS ON BREAD STREET    SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE    HALFPENNY DREAMS These three novels were first published before the Kate Shackleton books, under my own name, Frances McNeil. Sisters on Bread Street draws on stories from my mother Julia’s life.  Born in Leeds to a German Jewish father and an…

The story behind Murder on a Summer’s Day

A Maharajah on the Moors, a priceless jewel, an inexplicable murder To celebrate US publication of Murder on a Summer’s Day and the New York Post’s choice of the book as a “must read”, here is the story behind the novel … The idea for Murder on a Summer’s Day…

The Edgars

A WOMAN UNKNOWN is on the short-list of five for a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award: the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award. The awards are named after Edgar Allan Poe. They are presented every spring in New York City, to “honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction,…

A Bookish Jottings Interview with Frances Brody

I am delighted to welcome to Bookish Jottings, best-selling author Frances Brody for a chat about her delightful sleuth, Kate Shackleton, the enduring appeal of crime fiction and where she gets her inspiration from! Thank you so much for joining us here at Bookish Jottings, Frances. It’s lovely to have…

A Death in the Dales, the launch, the cake and the signings

  Kate’s latest adventure is A Death in the Dales. The story unfolds in the village of Langcliffe and the market town of Settle so it was fitting that the official launch – publication day, Thursday, 1 October – took place in the new Settle Library. The library is housed…

The English winter – ending in July, To recommence in August, Lord Byron

We’re more than halfway through August. I’m looking out onto a winter-white sky. Rain washes my skylight windows, now firmly closed against the chill. So why am I glad? If bright sunshine lit my room at the top of the house, I would roast and need to shift myself. Since…