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Death Beside the Seaside

A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 6
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: Lady Hardcastle Mysteries, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

July 1910. Lady Hardcastle and her tireless sidekick Flo have finally embarked on a long-overdue seaside break. But just as they’re wavering between ice creams and donkey rides, their fellow guests start to go missing - and the duo find themselves with a hysterical hotel manager and a case to solve. 

The first to disappear is Dr Goddard, a scientist doing something terribly top-secret for the government. Gone too are his strongbox and its mysterious contents. By the time Lady Hardcastle has questioned the horde of international guests, her number-one suspect has been dispatched in grisly circumstances - and then the others start vanishing too. 

As the case begins to look like a matter of national security, Lady Hardcastle takes advice from her brother in the secret service. But could there be an even more personal connection at play? To solve the case, Lady Hardcastle may face a shocking discovery of her own.

©2019 T E Kinsey (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Whacky and fun

Another mad-capped adventure for Lady H and Flo. Completely ridiculous but thoroughly enjoyable.
Elizabeth Knowelden is a delight to listen to.

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A bit disappointing 😢

This was all plot with no interesting characters or relationships. The first book was that & more & was excellent. Couldn't finish this one.

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  • Sheree Ervin
  • 04-11-2019

Fantastic as always!

I love this series! I love the author! I love the narrator! If you want to be enthralled and laughter and be enchanted all at the same time you must read these books! If you have read the previous one, you will LOVE this one!

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  • JustGiveMeCoffee
  • 03-11-2019

Always a fun story!

I love Elizabeth Knowelden's voices for the characters in the Hardcastle series. Laugh-out-loud personalities!

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  • Bex
  • 25-11-2019

Least favorite of the series (insert sad face)

I was smitten with this series and Lady H and Flo. In fact, I think I've listened to the first 3 books about 4x each. It felt like a visit with friends.

And now, I diverge from the maddening crowd opinion:

The last two books have had a very different energy and I can't quite put my finger on it. This one, even more than the last, was unsettling. The ancillary characters were boring and I couldn't even keep track of who was who and what was what. Each book has had its share of those but they all had characteristics that made them stand out. Not so here, unfortunately. Not only did I get lost on all the characters but I didn't even care enough to figure it out.

As for the main characters Lady H and Flo, while we did get a glimpse into how LH now openly(ish) speaks of Flo as a friend, mostly their relationship and how they work together doesn't grow a lot here.Some of the same tired things get dragged out in obvious ways and it's almost expected now.

I wondered if the divergence in energy/tone of the last two books can be attributed to a ghost writer because I can't account for any other reason why things feel so different to me. The Southern Sisters books (Mouse and Sister) carried on and grew the relationships between the sisters over the course of the series. I'm not sure why this isn't happening here.

You'll see that I am in the minority of opinions about this book (and the last one, as well) but my comments are tempered with disappointment because I love these characters and this series. I hope the next one is better.

Signed,
Sad in Maryland

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  • AR
  • 04-11-2019

The Best One Yet

Lady H and Flo are at it again and Elizabeth Knowelden is as amazing as ever. A great story told by a wonderful narrator. EK is so much fun to listen to. I listen to this series over and over again. If you have never read/listened to these books before start with the first and you will be hooked! Just like the rest of us. ;-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2020

So much fun!

If you love Elizabeth Peters pace, humor and storytelling then you will enjoy T E Kinsey. The reader is marvelous and adds a great deal of warmth. I’m so happy to have come across this series.

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  • Dblms
  • 19-01-2020

Love Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong!

Another fun mystery & adventure! Love Emily & Flo :)) I appreciate the details and great characters, plot etc in all these stories/books. The narration is also excellent! Great character voices without being over the top and the male voices by the female narrator are very good. (Sometimes narration of the opposite gender can be awkward or sound strange/odd - EK does very well with all the characters voices - sounding natural and unforced.) Highly recommend this series and I look forward to the next installment! 👍😀

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  • Sharon
  • 17-01-2020

Enjoyed!

Delightful, well written and narrated. Kinsey tells a good story and Knowelden knows
how to bring it to life!

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  • AstoriaSis
  • 16-01-2020

I could listen all day!

I love this series. Stories, characters and the narration are brilliant. I hope the series continue as it just gets better and better.

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  • Laurie White
  • 16-01-2020

Endearing, funny and mysterious

Love, love, love this series...can't wait for the next! The cast of characters is unique. The narrator perfectly brings out each personality.

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  • Holly
  • 09-01-2020

Charming, as Usual

Great narrator! Wonderful characters. Lots of dry British humor...you might miss it if you are multi- tasking. I realized what a lovely job had been done with the scenery when the last chapter was giving historical background. I could easily picture the seaside and picturesque prom. It was done so skillfully that I had not appreciated it.

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  • Rossi
  • 25-01-2020

Like The Archers but with murders!

I have loved this series so far and have binge-listened from start to finish while gardening. Now I'm at a complete loss – I have no more to listen to until the author adds another title! I only paused the audiobooks when another episode of The Archers arrived in my podcast list and they mingled beautifully. One story set in Ambridge, the other in Gloucestershire just down the road. Perfect! Great narration and fun stories. There's not a weak book in the whole series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2019

It is what it is and that is a fun read !

As always, this was a fun and easy read.

Read well, i believe in all these characters.

my hubby and I listen in the car and he often sits laughing at their antics. We sit guessing the 'who done it'.

i would always recommend this author as i really enjoy his relaxed style.

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  • Smallbo
  • 06-11-2019

A Wonderful Read

Really enjoyed this book. The characters of Hardcastle & Armstrong get better and better and the story was very good.

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  • Gary
  • 05-11-2019

Best yet of the series!

I love the lady hardcastle mysteries, and this was yet another brilliant installment! can't wait for the next book!

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  • Dreadpirate Smoo
  • 04-11-2019

A jolly cosy read!

As with all the other Lady Hardcastle books, this was thoroughly enjoyable. Tucked up under a duvet in miserable weather turned out to be the perfect place to listen. Wonderful performance from the storyteller and well written a joyas I live not to far away from the setting. I do believe I will read every Lady Hardcastle book that comes out and let's all hope there will be many! One to listen to again and again! Bravo!

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  • L. Holyday
  • 28-10-2019

Another Hardcastle & Armstrong masterpiece

Yet another winner from the pen of T.E. Kinsey. Believable characters you warm to or loathe. A story that grips you & the wonderful relationship between the main characters. A joy. When's the next out???

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  • Jac
  • 26-10-2019

Entertaining

Another entertaining story with excellent narration. Highly recommend this one and the others in the series.

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  • Simon, Oxford
  • 26-10-2019

Excellent story of daring do

Superb combination of Ms Knowlden’s performance and T E Kinsey’s splendid characters and plot. Thank you both and I hope you have more books planned. They will certainly be on my radar and pre-orders.

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  • Teddy
  • 25-10-2019

An Absolute Delight

These books never fail to entertain and delight - they are beautifully tongue-in-cheek, well written, the dialogue is wonderful, and the narrator magically adds another layer of greatness to voicing the various characters.

I cannot recommend these books enough, and this one in particular is a glorious addition to the series.

Teddy

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 23-10-2019

Seriously, a holiday?

For me, this is T E Kinsey back to full strength. The book is light, funny and impeccably read by Elizabeth Knowelden.

There is more than a nod to Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and a final solution to a puzzle that surfaced in A Picture of Murder.

I have to admit I pre-order any of T E Kinsey's books as I enjoy them so much but this one shone brighter than the previous two. Lady Hardcastle and Flo work so well together and this time Lady Hardcastle's brother Harry makes a more solid appearance (previously we saw the most of him in Death Around The Bend). I doubt the humour is contrived, it's just that I think the author has a wicked sense of humour and this translates into the prose.

Well done and will there be more please?