With few words, except to say Billy was not himself, Alex led Selina, Charlie and me back to the chapel. In the short time since the eclipse, the sky lightened.
As the building that dominates hill and dale loomed into view, I felt a sense of foreboding that quickened my breath. Coming closer, I saw that although the green dome suggested Eastern splendour, the chapel was as local as could be, made of millstone grit, sandstone and limestone.
Selina had turned deathly pale. Charlie took her arm. “You don’t need to come in.”
“Yes I do.”
– Page 43
Death In The Stars by Frances Brody
Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.
During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company.
When Selina’s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame . . .
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