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MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
Set in 1920s England, Brody’s excellent mystery splendidly captures the conflicts and attitudes of the time with well-developed characters. PI Kate Shackleton is an intelligent woman and a good detective. The political climate comes into play in her latest case: Much of the country is hostile to worker unions and thinks they should be grateful to the landowners and businessmen.
Ethan Armstrong, a mason working after hours to finish a project, disappears, and his wife Mary Jane comes to Kate for help. Mary Jane’s daughter saw him dead at the quarry, but the body has since disappeared. The police dismiss the matter since Ethan was a labor organizer and, to most people, that means he had no morals. Kate’s father pushes her to give up the case because of the labor connection, but an unexpected family connection may drive Kate to keep investigating. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 400 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: February 2014