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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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  • Bex
  • 25-11-19

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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  • Sheree Ervin
  • 04-11-19

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
  • 03-11-19

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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  • AR
  • 04-11-19

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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  • poppinfun
  • 14-06-20

Amazing Narration and Storytelling

The narrator nails it everytime. I love the author use of language and the mystery is always enjoyable.

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  • Nancy
  • 18-05-20

Superb writing and performance!

I am enamored of T.E. Kinsey’s writing style. From word one, you are drawn in and enveloped in the lives of Lady Hardcastle and her servant/partner in crime Florence Armstrong. The wonderful reading by Elizabeth Knowelden allows the listeners to to slip effortlessly into the characters and the story line.
Well done!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-05-20

This narrator is my favorite!

I really don't want the book to end, not only because of the excellent story, but because (after half a dozen books!) the narrator feels like a friend! Her range of accents and voices is impressive and I could listen to her all day. Oh, wait! I did! 😉

The Lady Hardcastle mysteries is an absorbing series and I thoroughly hope there are more to come!

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  • Virginia
  • 05-04-20

Terrific Series

This is the latest book in a wonderful series with some if the best characters I have met in a long while. Lady Hardcastle and her friend Flo are funny, smart and charming. These two solve crimes and meet interesting characters while on holiday. Don’t miss this fun addition to one of my all time favorite series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-20

Wonderful

Love these books this author
Well written. Truly engaging. Highly recommend
Would make great movie!!

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  • jal
  • 02-03-20

Fun and interesting great narration

Fun and interesting great narration. The narration was terrific. The story was interesting. Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick are fun. But the interesting narration is the best

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  • cynthia j
  • 12-07-20

Excellent

Really enjoyed it. Good adventure, much humour, realistic historically and characters one can take to. I’m going to buy all of them

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  • Miss Julie E. Ellis
  • 13-12-20

great laughs, stories and narration

perfect, this is a brilliant novel. the ladies make great characters. all their shenanigans are fun, and good tales too.

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  • susan burgess
  • 30-01-20

Lady hardcastle and Flo

I have listened to all these stories and love them. They have plenty of incidents along the narrative and the characters are all adorable. I am looking forward to the next one

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  • Lanny 32
  • 31-10-20

Read a bit faster than usual!

I really like Elizabeth Knowelden’s reading of this series & is always well performed & acted but, this audiobook reading was JUST a bit too fast for me & I never like setting it to a slower speed as it never sounds quite right: spoils the performance. This was read at a faster speed than the previous books in the series & had to rewind quite a bit to comprehend it all! The performance & acting was as good as ever but, please go back to a wee bit slower speed, please!

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  • Amelia
  • 28-09-20

They Just get better and better!

I loved this one, I’ve read them all so far (devoured might be more accurate!) and this is by far the most entertaining and gripping one. Thoroughly enjoyable. I really loved the spy element and feel of this novel and really feel the characters are becoming far more 3 dimensional when this hasn’t always been the case.

I was on the edge of my seat until very near the end, yes I worked out the different mystery elements but this time I truly cared about what happened to the characters especially the leads.

After all isn’t that a mark of a truly great character? When the reader truly does care what happens to these people they have shaped and sent in the way to adventure!

Please keep writing more like this and no more like the only one I really didn’t get on with the very cliched and prosaic “A Picture of Murder”. I would highly recommend all of the other titles though and cannot wait for the next!

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  • Mrs Dee
  • 31-05-20

Loved the whole series

These books have been a pleasure to read, I didn’t want the stories to end.

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  • VHC
  • 10-05-20

What a Bore!!!!

Slow, 1 dimensional characters, over patriotic, old fashioned. I returned it. It's nothing like an Agatha Christie as was asserted in the reviews!

The talented narrator is wasted on such a poor book.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 06-04-20

Great story, fantastic narrator

I really enjoy thr stories of Emily and Flo and their adventures. They are easy to listen to and the plots are brilliantly written. The narrator adds a great deal to my pleasure when I listen to these stories. She is brilliant.

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  • Ms. Lk Mynott
  • 07-03-20

Riotously funny and superbly read.

Elizabeth Knoweldon is a master at conjuring the scene and the atmosphere of these books with her exceptional story telling skills. T E Kinsey's narrative is riotously hilarious and cunningly clever. Once you've listened to one you'll want to hear them all!

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  • Rossi
  • 25-01-20

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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  • Lancashire Lad
  • 06-01-21

Reading exceptional

The series has been excellent, I the earlier books I used my eyes to read the story.
This is the first time I have read a Lady hardcastle book through audible. Thoroughly enjoyed the narrators interpretation
a lovely clear voice and English accent. Very satisfied and look forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

What Ho Lady Hardcastle!

Loved the story, and Elizabeth Knowelden is one of my favourite narrators. What Ho indeed!

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 27-11-19

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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  • Allison McHugh
  • 29-10-19

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.