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Publisher's Summary

Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz.

London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn.

Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair - where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest.

As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears - and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation.

With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes - all without missing a beat.

©2020 T E Kinsey. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An uninspired plot, too many unnecessary characters and not enough of Flo and Lady Hardcastle. Kudos to narrator Simon Mattacks for a valiant attempt to differentiate between the characters but not enough to save the story.

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Don’t expect it to be a Lady Hardcastle and you’ll be fine.

This is a fun story. I enjoyed the banter and characters. It was honesty really predictable but I laughed a lot and do recommend listening. I intentionally went in not expecting it to be like a Lady Hardcastle book and I think it was to my advantage. No expectations = no disappointments lol.

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  • A1 Shopper
  • 2021-03-07

disappointment

I am spoiled with the Lady Hardcastle series and though this was a future time from those books, I didn’t like the story or narrators.
Joan in KY

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  • Paulette
  • 2021-03-10

Not What I Was Expecting

When I ordered this book I didn’t realize it was a start of a new spy series. I thought it was a continuation of the Lady Hardcastle series. I really wanted to like it because I thoroughly enjoyed the Lady Hardcastle series but I couldn’t. Simon Mattacks has a pleasant voice but I just couldn’t understand what he was saying. He sounded like he was reading a documentary and not telling a story. I just couldn’t hang on. I am returning this book.

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  • Cynthia
  • 2021-03-04

What a Disappointment!

I pre-ordered this book because I really enjoyed the Lady Hardcastle books and expected this would be of equal quality. But no- this one has cardboard, muddy characters about whom it is impossible to care, an overlong padded out story with no dramatic arc. Oh, and the narrator did nothing to make the characters easier to care about.

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  • Barb Muse
  • 2021-03-06

Smart, Funny Mystery

Fast paced and funny, I enjoyed getting to know these side characters from the Lady H books. I liked that the timeline jumped ahead so that Skins & Ellie were well established as a couple and had started a family. I found the storyline to be engaging and got caught up in the mystery.

The narrator was also very adept at differentiating between characters and I liked hearing the familiar female narrator during a cameo with Lady H and Flo. Very enjoyable listen, I’m looking forward to more in this series.

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  • Crystal
  • 2021-03-08

Not For Me is too Generic

Is this book really written by Mr. Kinsey? His previously published books are exciting, funny, insightful and definetly not verbose nor boring!

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  • Denise Vilim
  • 2021-03-05

It's a hit!

I have been enthusiastically awaiting this first book in T E Kinsey's new series since the release of his last Lady Hardcastle book and it did not disappoint. If you enjoy Lady H & Flo, you'll love Skins, Elly and all their antic loving, mystery solving friends.

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  • BethA
  • 2021-03-16

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I love the Lady Hardcastle books so was expecting to enjoy this one. I did not. The story was boring, the characters were uninteresting and I found my mind wandering multiple times.

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  • Sandra
  • 2021-03-14

not as whimsical as

...the Lady Hardcastle series but I am enjoying the author's notes and will be interested in the series .

I just Googled couple of songs mentioned; doing so helps engage and inform me.

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  • Brodrick
  • 2021-03-13

Huge Disappointment

I am a huge fan of T E Kinsey, Lady Hardcastle, and Elizabeth Knowelden. I pre-ordered this book and was so excited when it got released on March 1st. Then, wow.. How disappointed I am! I tried and tried to like it, but I failed. So sad. Hope the next story Kinsey is working on is better.

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  • Kathryn Grammer
  • 2021-03-15

Lady Hardcastle. Books Much Better

The narrator overdid it. The characters contrived and the mystery around Blanche’s poisoning was obvious long before it was solved in the story. Again Lady Hardcastle books are sorely missed. This listener would like more of Emily and Flo.

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