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A Quiet Life in the Country Audiobook

A Quiet Life in the Country: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1

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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.

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

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    Kirsty UK 23/02/2017
    Kirsty UK 23/02/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "Amusing"
    Where does A Quiet Life in the Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nice easy listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters were amusing, not exactly high brow literature but that wasn't what I was expecting.


    What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

    Her accents were pretty good, easy to distinguish between different characters. I enjoyed her narration and would happily listen to her read more books.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the previous reviews were unfair, if you want literature listen to something by the wonderful Jane Austen. This story doesn't pretend to be serious, it is a light hearted listen when walking the dog!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 13/02/2017
    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 13/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable Cozy Romp"
    What did you like most about A Quiet Life in the Country?

    Mostly I liked the way the characters interacted, especially Lady Hardcastle and Flo. The book is not up to the standard of Christie or Sayers but then it's not meant to be. It's a cozy mystery romp with humour included.


    What other book might you compare A Quiet Life in the Country to, and why?

    I can't think of another book I've read or listened to that compares exactly to this.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably the opening scene, where our intrepid heroines discover and explore their new rented home in the country.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. There were, however, a lot of places where I laughed out loud. Some of the humour in this book is superbly done and very well written.


    Any additional comments?

    An adorable book, filled with mystery, humour and a leading lady who flouts the rules of convention between mistress and servant. It's set in 1908 and probably the class system was coming to an end anyway. This book just gets to it faster than it probably happened.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy 06/02/2017
    Trudy 06/02/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read laugh out loud"

    Good read loved it enjoyable light hearted feel good story interesting characters we source more

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 15/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Marvellous"

    Loved every minute of this book. A good story, read well. Kept me entertained throughout. looking forward to the next book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye Hardy 13/03/2017
    Jaye Hardy 13/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A QUITE LIFE IN THE COUNTRY"

    A good stab in the dark. Easy to listen too. Excellent storyline just downloaded the 2nd audiobook in the serries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy London 16/02/2017
    Teddy London 16/02/2017
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    "Exceedingly Amusing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd absolutely reccommend this to af riend - it's a wonderfully amusing and very engaging mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Quiet Life in the Country?

    Teaching Mr Haddock to keep his hands to himself.


    What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

    Each charcater is clear and distinct and she doesn't attempt any accents she can't manage.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It amused me greatly


    Any additional comments?

    I hope it's the start of a long series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Brown UK 03/05/2017
    Charlotte Brown UK 03/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    books -coffee- wine -roaring fire

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    "Not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Cozy Mysteries are my go to but this one was not for me. I know suspension of disbelief is sometimes required in this genre, but this one was just too ridiculous and I found my mind wandering whilst listening. The eccentric Lady Hardcastle and her maid Flo move to a rural country house and irritatingly take over the case of two murders in the most tedious manner. The Inspector in charge of the murders (Inspector Sunderland - actually my favorite character) is constantly forever grateful for their help and always thanking M'lady and Flo for noticing obvious clues any plod would get straight away. A bit more backbone for this character would have been a better read. He also allows them to sit in on all the interviews with suspects when a bit more sleuthing to get clues maybe would have held my interest. There are so many excellent ones out there this one didn't make the grade for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K UK 01/02/2017
    K UK 01/02/2017 Member Since 2012

    I use audible because I am too lazy to hold a book.

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    "Utter Tripe"

    There are few redeeming features in this book. The plot lines are thinly constructed and take 'willing suspension of disbelief' to unmentionable lengths. The characters are two dimensional and the friendship between the 'detective' and her 'Watson' is, frankly, ridiculous and not in an amusing way. The 'humour' is as forced as the attempt to overcome the social inequality of the period.

    The narrator is spritited enough but some mispronunciations jar and even she cannot really recover this vacuous, poorly researched and ham-fisted attempt at period writing.

    To be honest, even though I did managed to get to the end, I didn't really care who dunnit.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Eddie Lynn
    The Ozarks, USA
    20/11/16
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    "A fun cozy mystery!"

    In my recent cozy mystery marathon, I came upon this Lady Hardcastle jewel. Written with a great sense of humor, the main characters, Emily and Flo, break all the rules of propriety to settle in to their "Quiet Life in the Country". Since it is a mystery, a murder ensues, leading the ladies to "assist" the local constabulary. Written with funny dialog, it is read impeccably.
    I'm ready for Book 2.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • J.L.
    Gettysburg, PA USA
    27/02/17
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    "excellent!"

    There is no sex or swearing in this book. How refreshing! I enjoyed listening right from the beginning to the end. The main characters are delightful.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    30/11/16
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    "A nice cozy read!"

    A wonderful cozy mystery. It has the feel of the TV British show Midsummer Murders. An idyllic town in 1900s where everyone knows each other and their business. I find that many of the small-town stories are as much about the daily life with the gossip, relationships, and annual celebrations as with the mystery.

    Two progressive single women, have moved into the small town. One a widow, who received her status from her marriage and her champion of 14 years. A mist hiring staff and becoming familiar with the town the ladies stumble upon a dead man and become involved with a murder.

    This is not a fast pace cozy story. I had to sit with a cup of tea and relax with my knitting to really get into the story. I will get the next book, just because, it was really nice to get cozy with a nice period mystery.

    50 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Diamondhead, MS, United States
    14/10/16
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    "Never Wanted It to End!"

    I found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book even as I tried to guess who the murderer was. The writing is so active, I was brought into the story and hated when my commute was over. It's not often that you find this perfect blend of good writing and narration. The author does explain the character's relationship built over previous books in the series, but you needn't have read them to enjoy this one.

    The narration brought to life the characters dress, their movements, their faces, their lives. Without going too much into the plot, our heroines go through the countryside solving not one, but two murders! Definitely worth the credit and will look for more from these two.

    55 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Horses Flying
    Bremerton, WA
    06/04/17
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    "A Quiet Life in the Country"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator and the author's dialogue rendered that nice, perky, bon-vivant English accent and voice well. Trouble is -- there were no more layers to the characters or the dialogue -- just feisty bon-vivant over and over. And there wasn't much in the way of plot. There were some good plot ideas that made me think, "This is going to be fun," but they went flat. To me, Kinsey puts words together very well and needs to work on plot. I know we're not looking for Dostoevsky or Thomas Mann here but more character depth would be good too.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    25/01/17
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    "A great first book!"

    The narration in this book is simply perfect, and I really believe that is what makes this series come To life. The friendship/relationship between Flo & Lady Hardcastle make them such a perfect detective duo. It's not your typical boss/employee situation & I found myself laughing a lot.
    There are a lot of characters which made it a little difficult at times to keep up, but the ending wrapped everything up nicely. I look forward to the next book!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A READER
    29/10/16
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    "The way things ought to have been....."

    Suspend your historical knowledge and have a lovely romp with Flo and Emily! A very nice CID man who joyfully works with these amateur sleuths adds more fun to the mix. Very well written and I am slathering for more, dear ones. Bless you and remember you are star dust.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Gina
    05/11/16
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    "A lovely cozy mystery"

    Wonderful characters and a great performance await when you begin this story. Set in the English countryside before the Great War, this story and its characters, who are somewhat irreverent of social distinctions and have very interesting backstories, will make you smile and eagerly anticipate more Lady Hardcastle (and Flo) stories.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • franky
    04/12/16
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    "Love it !"
    Would you listen to A Quiet Life in the Country again? Why?

    I just fell in love with this book I can't wait for more to come out in the series.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • susie4susie
    Denver, CO United States
    01/11/16
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    "Enjoyable light fun, but not fabulous."

    Overall it was a light, fun listen, but I found myself easily distracted from it, and didn't mind missing bits. Not sure if I'll listen to more.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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