Death Around the Bend

Death Around the BendIn its genre, this is at least 4 stars, but for my overall reading, it is a very solid 3 My husband gets this series on Audible and whenever I need a light mystery or diversion I read one This one was quite good I enjoyed the characters although it was a little tricky keeping up with all of them on audio. A fun period cosy crime book This is the first I ve read of this series and thoroughly enjoyed it It s entertaining and kept me hooked throughout all of it Enjoyed the characters Will definitely have a look out for the rest of the series.Free arc from netgalley 4 STARS for the audiobook.Book 3 of the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries Our pair, Lady Emily Hardcastle and her ladies maid and best friend, Florence Armstrong are invited to a country estate where they hope to take part in motor racing There is a fatal car crash and Emily and Flo suspect foul play.This is probably the better written of the series so far and as in the previous audiobooks the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden does an excellent job, especially considering the number of characters both upstairs and downstairs I did guess the culprit about two thirds of the way in just not the total how and what fors What I also enjoyed is we got even information about the past adventures of Emily and Florence Because most of the upstairs guests are strangers to the two, Emily tells them of their past when they ask if what they heard was true Although I don t think it is written, but I pictured Flo rolling her eyes when Lady Hardcastle tells the stories, she often embellishes them Lady Hardcastle steadfastly refused to remember this part, though, having honed her version of events over many retellings into a tale to make ladies shriek Flo also recounted some of her past to her roommate, a fellow visiting ladies maid.I m looking forward to the next edition to this series I hope its not too long of a wait 4.5 September 1909 Lady Hardcastle and her lady s maid and friend, Florence Armstrong are invited to Codrington Hall in Rutland to experience Lord Riddlethorpe s new passion motor racing T E Kinsey s Death Around the Bend Lady Hardcastle Mystery 3 illustrates how a week long house party and motor cars produce murder which require Lady Armstrong and Flo s special talents to solve I must admit that path to solving this mystery took a turn that I did not expect, but Lady H and Flo with a bit of assistance from a staff member at Codrington Hall finally discovered the correct way, but will they be in time to prevent another death 3.0 3.5 stars. Sparkling wit, upstairs downstairs, motor racing, country house party, and a fantastic, unique female detecting pair to make Death Around the Bend a great listen.This is my first encounter with the series though Death Around the Bend is book three It can easily be read listened to standalone or out of order I had such a good time with it that I definitely plan to go back for the first pair.Lady Hardcastle and her ladies maid, Flo are a sparkling pair and I loved following along as they found their way to the solution in the country house party murder mystery Even though this is the third book, there is a great backstory for this pair who have been together through thick and thin Both have surprising talents that make them good detectives The book follows the usual style of introducing everybody, a murder, and then the slow working through to the solution It was not a dramatic piece, but it did have the exciting climax point with a good denouement There is also an adorable mini mystery plot involving a ticklish problem for one of their neighbors that bookends the other mystery Oh, and a bit of romance in the air for another side story for a few minor characters.It was set in Edwardian Era England I thought the story caught the tone of those times and balanced well, staying present enough to be noticed, but also not overtaking the other elements of the plot.The cast of characters surrounding Lady Hardcastle and Flo were a great lot There were the below stairs serving staff and the upstairs house party of the Earl and his guests Now the mystery itself was clever I worked out the who and how and somewhat why out once I had enough clues, but there were a few parts that I had to wait to get until the solution was revealed.I really only had one niggle and it was a teeny tiny one What ho was often used by Lady Hardcastle so that I cringed each time Lady Hardcastle spotted Flo I suspect its her signature greeting The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, was new to me She had a great plummy English accent for the upper class characters and her voices for all the levels in the servant s hall was superbly done She had a huge cast to read and they were all distinct and I could easily distinguish them She added an extra layer of goodness to an already good book I m pretty sure that the series would lose a little shine if I didn t experience the rest of it with her narration.So, all in all, this was an abso fab story and I will definitely be getting the rest of the series Historical mystery cozy mystery fans should definitely give this book series a go.My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review. This turn of the century murder mystery involves those newfangled motor cars, races for them and even industrial espionage Great fun for those who can afford cars Lady Hardcastle, who drives herself, gets involved after a death on a motor trial race gets ascribed to sabotage As usual the retired Crown agent is accompanied by her accomplished Welsh lady s maid, who shows us a lot of the work carried out by the downstairs staff while the upstairs set are relaxing Well researched and written, this is another very enjoyable book by this author I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley This is an unbiased review. ,. Lady Hardcastle and her maid, and good friend, Florence Armstrong were looking forward to a week in the country at Lord Riddlethorpe s estate Lady Hardcastle s brother Harry would be there and she hadn t seen him in awhile The newly invented motor cars that were going to be making their debut on the estate s new racing track were the main draw for the friends who were all arriving the accompanying parties were another enticement.But when disaster struck the day of the first race, the initial thought of driver error was soon forgotten Was it murder The police didn t believe so, which meant Lady Hardcastle and Flo set to work immediately to discover the culprit As secrets came to light, it seemed there were sinister plans afoot But would Lady Hardcastle and Flo find answers before it was too late Death Around the Bend by T E Kinsey is the 3rd in the Lady Hardcastle cosy mysteries, and my first by this author I thoroughly enjoyed it set in the early 1900s, it is highly entertaining with many laugh out loud moments Lady Hardcastle and Flo are great characters with their dry wit and great camaraderie I have no hesitation in recommending this cosy mystery and I ll be looking at reading the two prior to this one as well. September , And Lady Hardcastle And Her Maid, Florence, Have Been Invited To Lord Riddlethorpe S Country Estate For A Week Of Motor Racing And Parties They Both Agree That It Sounds Like A Perfectly Charming Holiday But When One Of The Drivers Dies In A Crash During The Very First Race, They Discover That What Seemed Like An Uncharacteristic Error In Judgement May Have A Sinister Explanation Closer Investigation Reveals That The Driver S Car Was Sabotaged And The Driver Murdered The Local Constabulary Are Quick To Dismiss The Case, But Flo And Lady Hardcastle Are Determined To Find Out Just Who Has Committed This Dastardly Act, And WhyAs The Pair Begin To Make Enquiries Of Lord Riddlethorpe S Servants And Guests, It Seems That, Below Stairs And Above, There Is To This Case Than Meets The Eye And, Even In The Quiet Of The Countryside, Death Is Always Just Around The Bend

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 316 pages
  • Death Around the Bend
  • T E Kinsey
  • English
  • 18 November 2019

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