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A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery) Paperback – October 4, 2016
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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 Quiet Life in the Country is the first in a series of mysteries starring Lady Hardcastle.
You can follow him on Twitter—@tekinsey—and also find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekinsey.
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Kinsey has written a good, puzzling, multi-layered mystery that gives you a real feel for village life out in the English countryside at the turn of the last century. While the plot and the setting are first-rate, it's Kinsey's characters that make this book shine-- and what makes the book turn away from those classic mysteries.
Inspector Sunderland moves from being a stereotype to being someone rather special, which I always love to see (being sick to death of incompetent policemen in the books I read).
Lady Emily Hardcastle's background is very mysterious indeed, and I hope it takes several books to have all the details teased out for us to see. However, it is the relationship between Lady Emily and Florence that is the pièce de résistance of A Quiet Life in the Country. Their dialogue is so full of mutual admiration, wit, and humor that it is, quite simply, a delight to read. As Sunderland witnesses one such conversation, he asks, "Are you two a music hall act?" and you have to admit that he has a point. (If they were a music hall act, I'd pay to see them.)
If you're in the mood for something that's light and fun, something that teases your brain, takes you to the English countryside of a century ago, and makes you laugh, have I got a recommendation for you: T.E. Kinsey's A Quiet Life in the Country. I'm on to the second book!
That being said, I absolutely adored "A Quiet Life In The Country". I take full advantage to read for free lots of book through Prime, but most of it is schlock. This is the gold piece found buried deep, and worth the search. It's fun and frothy reading at the level of P. G. Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer. I echo a hearty Amen! to those who found Flo and Lady Hardcastle the most diverting sleuthing duo to come along in ages. I want much much more! Well researched too, as I learned who in the upper crust sails (as in Ladyship) and an assortment of early 20th century sports figures like W. G. Grace and Jack Hobbs, and after googling pictures of same, got quite a giggle out of Grace being portrayed as Oscar Wilde.
This is actually my second read of this series, and it is even better than I remembered. In the second one you get even more behind the scenes with Lady H and Flo and it is a wild ride. These are first class offerings and I'm actually buying them all and can't wait until the newest comes out next June (2017)!
My delight grew as I found the gentle, typically British humor and I was entranced by the glimpses of the history these two women had
shared. I made myself read more slowly than normal, so I could enoy the book longer. And I said to myself "I want more from this author. This person can write!"
I recommend this book highly.