Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.
But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...
As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a web of intrigue that extends far beyond the village. With almost no one free from suspicion, they can be certain of only one fact: there is no such thing as a quiet life in the country.
©2016 T E Kinsey. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"A nice cozy read!"
A wonderful cozy mystery. It has the feel of the TV British show Midsummer Murders. An idyllic town in 1900s where everyone knows each other and their business. I find that many of the small-town stories are as much about the daily life with the gossip, relationships, and annual celebrations as with the mystery.
Two progressive single women, have moved into the small town. One a widow, who received her status from her marriage and her champion of 14 years. A mist hiring staff and becoming familiar with the town the ladies stumble upon a dead man and become involved with a murder.
This is not a fast pace cozy story. I had to sit with a cup of tea and relax with my knitting to really get into the story. I will get the next book, just because, it was really nice to get cozy with a nice period mystery.
"Never Wanted It to End!"
I found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book even as I tried to guess who the murderer was. The writing is so active, I was brought into the story and hated when my commute was over. It's not often that you find this perfect blend of good writing and narration. The author does explain the character's relationship built over previous books in the series, but you needn't have read them to enjoy this one.
The narration brought to life the characters dress, their movements, their faces, their lives. Without going too much into the plot, our heroines go through the countryside solving not one, but two murders! Definitely worth the credit and will look for more from these two.
"A fun cozy mystery!"
In my recent cozy mystery marathon, I came upon this Lady Hardcastle jewel. Written with a great sense of humor, the main characters, Emily and Flo, break all the rules of propriety to settle in to their "Quiet Life in the Country". Since it is a mystery, a murder ensues, leading the ladies to "assist" the local constabulary. Written with funny dialog, it is read impeccably.
I'm ready for Book 2.
"Enjoyable light fun, but not fabulous."
Overall it was a light, fun listen, but I found myself easily distracted from it, and didn't mind missing bits. Not sure if I'll listen to more.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Humorous and full of intrigue. I am looking forward to the next installment.
The whole book was enjoyable.
The narrator did a lovely job on all the characters.
Yes, if only I had the time ;)
"The way things ought to have been....."
Suspend your historical knowledge and have a lovely romp with Flo and Emily! A very nice CID man who joyfully works with these amateur sleuths adds more fun to the mix. Very well written and I am slathering for more, dear ones. Bless you and remember you are star dust.
"A lovely cozy mystery"
Wonderful characters and a great performance await when you begin this story. Set in the English countryside before the Great War, this story and its characters, who are somewhat irreverent of social distinctions and have very interesting backstories, will make you smile and eagerly anticipate more Lady Hardcastle (and Flo) stories.
First book I have listened to by T.E. Kinsey. I enjoyed it. Kept me guessing until the end.
Elizabeth Knowelden has a clear and pleasant voice. Good narrator.
I recommend this book.
"Love it !"
I just fell in love with this book I can't wait for more to come out in the series.
"Unnecessarily verbose and Characters Blend"
The character voices sometimes hard to tell who's talking at Leroy too many words added in that weren't necessary and did not add to the conversation. I love the accent and the way narrator portrayed Hector. Weak story.
Nice easy listening
Characters were amusing, not exactly high brow literature but that wasn't what I was expecting.
Her accents were pretty good, easy to distinguish between different characters. I enjoyed her narration and would happily listen to her read more books.
Some of the previous reviews were unfair, if you want literature listen to something by the wonderful Jane Austen. This story doesn't pretend to be serious, it is a light hearted listen when walking the dog!
"Enjoyable Cozy Romp"
Mostly I liked the way the characters interacted, especially Lady Hardcastle and Flo. The book is not up to the standard of Christie or Sayers but then it's not meant to be. It's a cozy mystery romp with humour included.
I can't think of another book I've read or listened to that compares exactly to this.
Probably the opening scene, where our intrepid heroines discover and explore their new rented home in the country.
No. There were, however, a lot of places where I laughed out loud. Some of the humour in this book is superbly done and very well written.
An adorable book, filled with mystery, humour and a leading lady who flouts the rules of convention between mistress and servant. It's set in 1908 and probably the class system was coming to an end anyway. This book just gets to it faster than it probably happened.
"Good read laugh out loud"
Good read loved it enjoyable light hearted feel good story interesting characters we source more
"A QUITE LIFE IN THE COUNTRY"
A good stab in the dark. Easy to listen too. Excellent storyline just downloaded the 2nd audiobook in the serries.
I'd absolutely reccommend this to af riend - it's a wonderfully amusing and very engaging mystery.
Teaching Mr Haddock to keep his hands to himself.
Each charcater is clear and distinct and she doesn't attempt any accents she can't manage.
It amused me greatly
I hope it's the start of a long series.
There are few redeeming features in this book. The plot lines are thinly constructed and take 'willing suspension of disbelief' to unmentionable lengths. The characters are two dimensional and the friendship between the 'detective' and her 'Watson' is, frankly, ridiculous and not in an amusing way. The 'humour' is as forced as the attempt to overcome the social inequality of the period.
The narrator is spritited enough but some mispronunciations jar and even she cannot really recover this vacuous, poorly researched and ham-fisted attempt at period writing.
To be honest, even though I did managed to get to the end, I didn't really care who dunnit.
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