#Audio #Review A Quiet Life in the Country A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1 by T E Kinsey
A Quiet Life in the Country
By: T E Kinsey
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: Lady Hardcastle Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Release date: 04-10-16
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Purchase Links: Audio | Kindle
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.
This is a clean cozy mystery, that was a fun read & listen. There is really not a lot of suspense or intrigue in this book, and the initial murder got lost in the foray of the thief and second murder, but it all comes to fruition at the end.
Set in 1908 in a quaint English Village in the countryside this is a quick murder mystery to delve into and enjoy, with a host of characters. I loved the banter between Lady Hardcastle and her maid Florence Armstrong, they reminded me a little of a female versions of Sherlock and Watson – though falling slightly flat on the who-dun-nit front a little.
It was a story you could get lost in without thinking too much, and the narrator Elizabeth Knowelden, did a wonderful job of bringing the English Gentry to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this and cant wait to read & listen to the next book on the series
About the Author:
T E Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. He worked for a number of years as a magazine features writer before falling into the glamorous world of the Internet, where he edited content for a very famous entertainment website for quite a few years more. After helping to raise three children, learning to scuba dive and to play the drums and the mandolin (though never, disappointingly, all at the same time), he decided the time was right to get back to writing. A Picture of Murder is the fifth story in a series of mysteries starring Lady Hardcastle.