Death of an Avid Reader: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody
An intricate plot set in the 1920s English countryside and Frances Brody's "refreshingly complex heroine" (Kirkusi) Kate Shackleton make Death of an Avid Readeri an absorbing 6th installment in this mystery series.bThe Search for a Daughter/bLady Coulton gave up the baby that would have ruined her marriage, born when Lord Coulton was abroad. Now that her husband is dying, she asks Kate to find Sophia.bA Haunted Library/bIt is forty years since the ghost of a dead librarian haunted the old library, yet the stories have begun again. Kate does not believe in ghosts but obligingly takes part in a ceremony to expel the restless spirit. Shockingly, there is a body in the basement, strangled, and covered in dusty volumes from a fallen bookcase. It is Dr. Potter, a mathematician.bA Killer on the Loose/bDr. Potter's body is taken away. The police find a sick man sheltering in the basement. He is an Italian, Umberto, an organ grinder and owner of a lively Capuchin monkey. Umberto becomes the prime suspect and will be charged with murder. Kate goes with Umberto to the infirmary. But he is too weak to be a suspect. And now Kate must set out to find the real culprit...