Dying in the Wool, By Frances Brody

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Writing under the pseudonym Frances Brody, best-selling novelist Frances McNeil debuts with her first crime novel, a retro-mystery set in 1920s West Yorkshire.

Bridgestead is a peaceful semi-rural spot with a babbling brook and a working mill at its heart. Nothing much happens here until the day that Master of the Mill, Joshua Braithwaite, goes missing, never to be heard of again.

Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth, photographer and all-round good egg, comes to the rescue. Brody's winning tale of textile industry shenanigans is shot through with local colour.