Pe­riod mur­der mys­tery plays on read­ers’ emo­tions of sym­pa­thy

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A SNAP­SHOT OF MUR­DER Frances Brody Loot.co.za (R166) LIT­TLE, BROWN

AS a World War I widow mak­ing her way in the world, Kate Shack­le­ton has suc­ceeded in the un­likely role of pri­vate de­tec­tive. Her lat­est ad­ven­ture has Kate tak­ing time out to prac­tise pho­tog­ra­phy. But, as ev­ery crime reader knows, a hol­i­day can only be an ex­cuse for the dis­cov­ery of a das­tardly deed. Here, it is the vi­o­lent death of one of Kate’s party of cam­era car­ri­ers, who are in the York­shire Dales to record the pub­lic open­ing of the for­mer home of Emily Brontë. As jeal­ousies and mo­tives of re­venge be­gin to emerge, Frances Brody skil­fully plays on our emo­tions by sig­nalling the likely guilt of the one per­son who at­tracts our sym­pa­thy. New­com­ers to this wellestab­lished series will en­joy ear­lier ti­tles, too. |

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