A mysterious killing in the library’s basement!
The most puzzling case in Kate’s sleuthing history yet!
This is the sixth book in the Kate Shackleton detective series and the first one I have read. I enjoyed it but think in hindsight I would have liked to read the previous ones first. Whilst this is a standalone story, I felt like I did not know enough about Kate and her circumstances to fully appreciate her. As it is written in the first person you also do not get other people’s impressions of her and as such I did find it difficult initially to gauge her age or looks. I am still not sure I gauged it right!
The story itself was good, twists and turns enough to be interesting and keep me guessing. I liked the gentler pace of murder mystery and liked the fact that Kate was tenacious but also remained constrained by the era (the 1920’s) where women had some freedom but were still not seen as equals with men. Kate is very much the main character in this book, there is no male hero which is very different from the books I usually read, but I still enjoyed it enough to go back and read the other books in the series.
I believe this genre is called ‘cosy crime’ and they are the ideal words to describe this, you won’t get blood, guts and gore, swearing or sex but you will get a believable crime story with realistic characters.