From the back of the book:
A lady with a secret
Kate Shackleton's sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case.
A mysterious killing in the library's basement
But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home. When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and - much to Kate's surprise - the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey!
The most puzzling case in Kate's sleuthing history yet
Convinced an innocent man has been blamed , Kate sets out to discover the truth. Who would want Dr Potter dead? Does Lady Coulton's missing daughter hold a vital clue? As the stories start to emerge in the seemingly quiet Leeds Library, Kate is learning fast that in this case, she can't judge a book by its cover.
This was my first read of the Kate Shackleton series and as with most cozy series, you can easily jump in at any part, as the mysteries are free standing stories. I loved that this had more to it than just a murder mystery. There was actually a surprising amount of things to keep up with,which made it a challenge for me, I love a challenge. Speaking of challenges, since this book is set before modern times, there is a whole lot of need for actually sleuthing. And Kate had to be very clever. I loved that.
The setting, melded with the characters and the charming effect was beautiful. I became entrenched in the story, fell totally in love with the people, and was fully invested by the reveal. I am going to be reading the prior parts in this series because I would love to know more about Kate and the people in her life.
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