Lady Hardcastle Mysteries

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

A Quiet Life in the Country Publisher's Summary

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.

But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There’s a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation…

As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a web of intrigue that extends far beyond the village. With almost no one free from suspicion, they can be certain of only one fact: there is no such thing as a quiet life in the country.

Revised edition: This edition of A Quiet Life In The Country includes editorial revisions.

©2016 T E Kinsey. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • A Quiet Life in the Country

    • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
    • Written by: T E Kinsey
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely listen.

    • By Janie N. on 2019-04-01

    Price: CDN$ 14.10

  • Book 2

    • In the Market for Murder

    • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
    • Written by: T E Kinsey
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous!

    • By Sandra on 2017-11-05

    Price: CDN$ 14.10

  • Book 3

    • Death Around the Bend

    • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
    • Written by: T E Kinsey
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree 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 more sinister explanation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charming Whodunnit

    • By Happy Camper on 2018-07-11

    Price: CDN$ 26.87

  • Book 4

    • A Picture of Murder

    • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
    • Written by: T E Kinsey
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another brilliant Lady Hardcastle Mystery

    • By Sandra on 2018-11-07

    Price: CDN$ 18.79

  • Book 5

    • The Burning Issue of the Day

    • Written by: T E Kinsey
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent. When Lady Hardcastle receives a letter from a suffragette requesting her urgent help, the retired spy turned sleuth knows only she stands between an accused young woman and the gallows. Evidence at the scene makes Lizzie Worrel’s innocence difficult to believe, and with the police treating it as an open-and-shut case of arson, Lady Hardcastle faces a barrage of resistance as she tries to dig out the truth.

    Price: CDN$ 18.79