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Death Beside the Seaside

A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 6
Written by: T E Kinsey
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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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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  • Sheree Ervin
  • 2019-11-04

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
  • 2019-11-03

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
  • 2019-11-04

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-09

Best series!!!

One of my absolute favorite authors! I adore this series and can’t wait for another! The performance is spot on!

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  • Rachel
  • 2019-12-05

Brilliant, as usual

These books have easily become my favorite “cozy
mystery” series. I’m not sure if I love the writing or the reading performance more, but suffice it to say I love them both, and the only thing disappointing about this book was that it had to end. I love that this book alluded to possible future storylines because it means more books! I can’t wait for the next (and the next and the next and the next...)

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  • Lynn
  • 2019-12-01

A wonderful and cozy series!

Was searching for something familiar and dependably enjoyable when I saw that the latest Lady Hardcastle book had just come out. Loved it as much as the previous ones in this series. The narrator is very good and I hope will continue with the series as she is the voice of Lady H and Flo.

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  • Helen T. Cohn
  • 2019-11-27

I love this series

I like how the story leisurely moves forward but rarely predictably. The characters are engaging and the dialogue witty. The narrator brings the book to life. I’ve listened to all the series and eagerly wait for the next one.

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  • BookFan
  • 2019-11-26

The best Lady Hardcastle mystery yet

A thoroughly enjoyable story—great fun, as all these mysteries are, and this one keeps you guessing till the end. As well written as the books are, it is Elizabeth Knowelden’s brilliant narration that makes me wish I could give it six stars. She is amazing.

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  • Bex
  • 2019-11-25

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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  • hayam
  • 2019-11-21

Great books

This Book series is a favorite of mine it seems like it’s getting better with every new book.