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A Quiet Life in the Country Audiobook

A Quiet Life in the Country: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1

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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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    Lilania Kershaw 07/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Jolly good show what!"

    A fun and frivolous cosy along the lines of Her Royal Spyness mysteries.
    Figuring out 'who done it' isn't a huge stretch, but the dialogue is light, frothy and very entertaining. Looking forward to more from T E Kinsey.

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    Diamondhead, MS, United States
    14/10/16
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Gina
    5/11/16
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • susie4susie
    Denver, CO United States
    1/11/16
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    30/11/16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    STOCKBRIDGE, GA, United States
    27/11/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • laura
    Hialeah, FL, United States
    8/11/16
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    "More please"
    Would you listen to A Quiet Life in the Country again? Why?

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Humorous and full of intrigue. I am looking forward to the next installment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Quiet Life in the Country?

    The whole book was enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Knowelden – was your favorite?

    The narrator did a lovely job on all the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if only I had the time ;)


    Any additional comments?

    More please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A READER
    29/10/16
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie Lynn
    The Ozarks, USA
    20/11/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • franky
    4/12/16
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    "Love it !"
    Would you listen to A Quiet Life in the Country again? Why?

    I just fell in love with this book I can't wait for more to come out in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.Finney
    2/12/16
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    "Can't wait for the next in the series!"

    Keep them coming, quickly! I've fallen in love with these powerful female role models! Smart writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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