Review of Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody

Kate Shackelton loves solving mysteries and since the war ended she’s managed to solve several missing soldier cases for friends and acquaintances. When former fellow VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse Tabitha Braithwaite asks Kate to locate her missing father so that he can walk her down the aisle at her wedding Kate is uneasy. She’s never accepted payment before and doesn’t consider herself a “professional”. But Tabitha insists she pay Kate for her efforts and thus begins Kate’s long and tedious search for the missing Joshua Braithwaite.

I chose this book from my local library because of the lovely book cover. It caught my attention and when I read the blurb it sounded like something I’d thoroughly enjoy. However, I did have trouble staying with this book. Although I did read it in its entirety, it was as long and tedious as Kate’s search for Joshua.

Dying in the Wool goes off in so many unnecessary directions – I wondered several times if the author was simply trying to pad the book to make it longer than it might have been. I would have accepted a much shorter book in favor of slogging through so many side roads. There were far too many subplots thrown in for good measure – to the point where the book became bogged down and boring. I didn’t find the characters to be likeable – including main character Kate – enough to truly earn my attention and interest.

After reading summaries from other reviewers I’ve learned that the Kate Shackelton books get better after this initial installment in the series. I noticed several of Frances Brody’s books on the library shelf and I’d consider trying one more book. If it doesn’t grab me I’ll just have to give up.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton