In the Market for Murder

In the Market for MurderIt S Spring And Lady Hardcastle And Her Maid Florence Armstrong Are Back For Four Mysteries The Farmer S Revenge Our Heroines Resume Their Amateur Sleuthing When A Sudden Death At The Cattle Market Begins To Look Like Murder The Ghost Of The Dog And Duck Flo Persuades Lady Hardcastle To Attend A S Ance Where A Medium Calls Forth A Ghost Who Begins To Haunt The Village Pub The Trophy Case Case There S A Burglary At The Rugby Club On The Night Of The End Of Season Celebrations And Lady Hardcastle And Flo Agree To Help The Village Police Find The Thief The Last Tram There S Sabotage, Murder And Kidnap In The City Lady Hardcastle And Flo Are Called In To Find Out Who S Behind The Chaos At The Tram Company But Things Go From Bad To Worse This is a really fun series and I am loving it Lady Hardcastle is like a slightly higher class Miss Marple and with her off sider, maid Florence Armstrong, she goes around solving crimes on behalf of a bumbling police force.The Lady and her maid have a wonderful relationship which enables Flo to go almost everywhere in society I loved it every time Lady Hardcastle called her tiny servant They are able to be incredibly rude to each other and find it all good fun In the end the two of them a This is a really fun series and I am loving it Lady Hardcastle is like a slightly higher class Miss Marple and with her off sider, maid Florence Armstrong, she goes around solving crimes on behalf of a bumbling police force.The Lady and her maid have a wonderful relationship which enables Flo to go almost everywhere in society I loved it every time Lady Hardcastle called her tiny servant They are able to be incredibly rude to each other and find it all good fun In the end the two of them are attempting to solve three mysteries which of course finally come together due to the brilliance of our two leading ladies.I enjoyed every moment and look forward toof their stories Going to the cattle market wasn t something Florence Armstrong, maid to Lady Hardcastle was interested in But go they did It was a week later that the local farmer Spencer Caradine, who d purchased their friend, Lady Farley Stroud s cattle, collapsed and died in the pub Lady Hardcastle and Florence were requested to set their skills to the test to discover if he was murdered and if so, by whom As they worked, mystery upon mystery descended on the village The club s trophies vanished, and t Going to the cattle market wasn t something Florence Armstrong, maid to Lady Hardcastle was interested in But go they did It was a week later that the local farmer Spencer Caradine, who d purchased their friend, Lady Farley Stroud s cattle, collapsed and died in the pub Lady Hardcastle and Florence were requested to set their skills to the test to discover if he was murdered and if so, by whom As they worked, mystery upon mystery descended on the village The club s trophies vanished, and the visiting clairvoyant seemed not quite what she seemed to the suspicious Flo Would the two sleuths discover the who dunnits to all three problems In the Market for Murder is the 2nd in the Lady Hardcastle cosy mystery series by T.E Kinsey and as much fun as the first Light, entertaining and laugh out loud funny in places, I thoroughly enjoy Lady Hardcastle and the dry character of Flo have no hesitation in highly recommending it and look forward to reading the next in the series Hear Hear Retired spy Emily, Lady Hardcastle, and her intrepid if impudent maid Florence Flo Armstrong return in this fun and intriguing sequel to the boffo debut A Quiet Life in the Country This time the duo tackle three mysteries the poisoning death of a poisonous curmudgeon farmer, an inexplicable break in at Littleton Cotterell s rugby clubhouse in which the burglar eschews Scotch and cash but nabs a trophy and some rubbish, and a s ance at Littleton Cotterell s pub the Dog and Duck wh Hear Hear Retired spy Emily, Lady Hardcastle, and her intrepid if impudent maid Florence Flo Armstrong return in this fun and intriguing sequel to the boffo debut A Quiet Life in the Country This time the duo tackle three mysteries the poisoning death of a poisonous curmudgeon farmer, an inexplicable break in at Littleton Cotterell s rugby clubhouse in which the burglar eschews Scotch and cash but nabs a trophy and some rubbish, and a s ance at Littleton Cotterell s pub the Dog and Duck where an apparition accuses a newcomer to the village of murder Opening in the spring of 1909, In the Market for Murder proves as amusing and clever as its predecessor Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong maintain the same lively banter and methodically undertake whatever puzzles the open minded police throw their way Fans of Kerry Greenwood s Phryne Fisher, Rhys Bowen s Lady Georgiana, Linda L Richards Kitty Pangborn, or Amy Myers Chef Nell Drury have the opportunity to find a new series to relish Highly recommended This series is continuing to grow on me I really am starting to like the main characters, Lady Hardcastle and her ladies maid Flo Their interaction is entertaining as are many of the peripheral characters The mysteries there always seem to be several seem to be getting better plotted also I ll probably keep following this series 3.5 stars The time is 1909 Emily, Lady Hardcastle and her personal maid, Florence Armstrong, have resettled in Gloustershire a year ago, abandoning the night lights of London At the instigation of the local constabulary and with the indulgence of C.I.D Inspector Sunderland, the two have solved several mysteries and already become local heroines As you can see above, the title of the only version I could find on Goodreads differs from my Kindle copy, titled In the Market for Murder The descriptions se The time is 1909 Emily, Lady Hardcastle and her personal maid, Florence Armstrong, have resettled in Gloustershire a year ago, abandoning the night lights of London At the instigation of the local constabulary and with the indulgence of C.I.D Inspector Sunderland, the two have solved several mysteries and already become local heroines As you can see above, the title of the only version I could find on Goodreads differs from my Kindle copy, titled In the Market for Murder The descriptions seem to match so my guess is this is where my review should be located In this novel our gals encounter a murder, a bunco swindle, a robbery, and a fraud The usual characters are there including Sir Hector and his wife the Farley Strouds their help , the aforementioned Sunderland, the police, shopkeepers and citizens of Littleton Cotterell, and assorted relations.The mysteries are quite interesting enough with only one potential hole that I won t discuss Yet, you will like this because of the characters and the repartee or you will not like it at all.There is nothing is this novel that is less than in the first, A Quiet Life in the Country, so I will give it a bit reluctantly the same number of stars I guess it is a sense of foreboding that this will become formulaic Life before Littleton Cotterell seems muchinteresting when these two were acting as secret agents in Europe and Asia Perhaps, Kinsey will get around to that eventually Until then, I am going on to other authors Oh how I love these books Not sure why, no gory details, no sex but pure fun The main characters are a hoot, the diminutive lady s maid who is an expert in martial arts, the refined lady who totes a gun in her hat and a level of light hearted repartee between them all combine to make an amusing read which occasionally made me laugh out loud.I suppose Lady Hardcastle is the female equivalent of Lord Peter Whimsey but she isentertaining.Not a book for lovers of serious fiction but a pleasa Oh how I love these books Not sure why, no gory details, no sex but pure fun The main characters are a hoot, the diminutive lady s maid who is an expert in martial arts, the refined lady who totes a gun in her hat and a level of light hearted repartee between them all combine to make an amusing read which occasionally made me laugh out loud.I suppose Lady Hardcastle is the female equivalent of Lord Peter Whimsey but she isentertaining.Not a book for lovers of serious fiction but a pleasant interlude When is someone going to make a TV series based on these stories Sure wishof them were available in audio This is tremendous fun as widowed Lady Hardcastle and determined Florence, a lady s maid of many talents, come home to England from the East and settle to village life The year is 1909 and with gradual modernisation motor cars, for the rich, and telephones, though not in the country yet, we see older ways Farmers are dour and scrape a living even in Somerset One such farmer dies after the cattle market and Lady Hardcastle makes enquiries I was not sure of the source of the rumour that the This is tremendous fun as widowed Lady Hardcastle and determined Florence, a lady s maid of many talents, come home to England from the East and settle to village life The year is 1909 and with gradual modernisation motor cars, for the rich, and telephones, though not in the country yet, we see older ways Farmers are dour and scrape a living even in Somerset One such farmer dies after the cattle market and Lady Hardcastle makes enquiries I was not sure of the source of the rumour that the man was poisoned No reason was given and this is the only trip up I can see I admit to skipping lightly through the s ance as these don t interest me, and there was plenty of activity in other directions The constant references to India and China mean that the book is not trying to be ultra English village like many others, but is the better for it, while Lady Hardcastle isenlightened than her peers and regards her maid as a good friend and almost her equal Enjoy I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley This is an unbiased review 5 STARS for the audiobook 4 Stars for the book itself plus 1 star for the excellent narrator.First off, I m not sure if I would have enjoyed this series as much as I do, if I were reading it myself and not listening to the audiobook The narrator, Elizabeth Knoweldon is one of the best I ve heard She gives each character especially the mains and reoccurring characters unique voices Each relative to their station in society and their various regional accents I am certainly no expert at all 5 STARS for the audiobook 4 Stars for the book itself plus 1 star for the excellent narrator.First off, I m not sure if I would have enjoyed this series as much as I do, if I were reading it myself and not listening to the audiobook The narrator, Elizabeth Knoweldon is one of the best I ve heard She gives each character especially the mains and reoccurring characters unique voices Each relative to their station in society and their various regional accents I am certainly no expert at all but Lady Emily Hardcastle has the upper crust voice and her personal maid and best friend, Florence Armstrong, Has I assume a hint of a Welsh accent She even sang a line Florence sings.The book takes place in 1909, mostly in a small village near Bristol In this second book of the series, Lady Hardcastle and Flo investigate a possible murder by poison of a hated local farmer, a theft, and a seance complete with a ghost But really, the reason I enjoy this series is Emily and Flo s amusing banter and unusual friendship Flo is still her maid, serving her and taking care of all her needs but they dine, play cards, insult each other and take walks together as companions It is also interesting that the reader only get snippets of information of their interesting pasts The negative to this book is the ending It is a bit of a mess As a mystery the reader likes to try to solve the mystery along with the detective but Tinsey holds back too many clues that only Lady Hardcastle knows and shares during the final requisite revealing And IMO too convoluted Ending 1 star Nevertheless I love Lady Emily, Flo and company so much that I immediately started listening to book 3, Death around the Bend This is the second book in the Lady Hardcastle murder mystery series by T.E.Kinsey and it was just as enjoyable as the first Can t wait to read or listen to Book 3 In T E Kinsey s In the Market for Murder sic Lady Hardcastle and her trusty maid, Armstrong are asked by the local police to assist in a investigation of the death of a local totally disliked farmer Lady Hardcastle and Miss Armstrong are thrilled Setting is England, a village near Bristol, Spring 1909 I enjoyed the characters, especially L H And Armstrong, and the mystery had all of the markings of a good one The 31 4 stars is a reaction to being bogged down as Lady Hardcastle wraps u In T E Kinsey s In the Market for Murder sic Lady Hardcastle and her trusty maid, Armstrong are asked by the local police to assist in a investigation of the death of a local totally disliked farmer Lady Hardcastle and Miss Armstrong are thrilled Setting is England, a village near Bristol, Spring 1909 I enjoyed the characters, especially L H And Armstrong, and the mystery had all of the markings of a good one The 31 4 stars is a reaction to being bogged down as Lady Hardcastle wraps up the mysteries, but even before that happened, I felt bogged down I believe that the author attempted to present a wide scope for the reader to enjoy, but unfortunately for me, the book mystery became too wordy, to unfocused, and basically unrealistic, but I truly like the premise of the series and the characters Thus, I am looking forward to 3, Death around the Bend