Whitby launch for crime novel

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The author of The Kate Shackleton Mysteries, the popular series of books about a sleuth extraordinaire, is set to launch her latest crime novel in Whitby tonight.

Frances Brody has just penned Death at the Seaside, which involves a horrifying discovery in the back room of a Whitby jeweller’s.

The book will be launched at Whitby Bookshop tonight at 5pm – you can talk to the author, and buy a signed copy of Death at the Seaside and enjoy a slice of cake while you’re there.

And the Whitby Gazette has teamed up with Whitby Bookshop to offer our readers the chance to win a signed copy of Death at the Seaside.

In the book, tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton feels like she deserves a break.

Heading off for a holiday in Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma, who works in the town as a fortune teller.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival, discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her other a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset – a watch-guard.

What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers.

When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed.

Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic facade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behing Delicity’s disappearance.

Death at the Seaside, by Frances Brody and published by Piatkus, is out now with the paperback costing £8.99.

To win a copy of the book, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Who is the main character in Death at the Seaside?

Email your answer to: thewhitbybookshop@hotmail.com by Thursday (Oct 13).