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Summary

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.

Armed with wit and whimsy, not to mention Florence's mean right hook, the pair set out to discover what really happened and why. Was it poison or just ill luck?

As they delve further into their investigation, they encounter a theft where nothing is stolen, a séance with a troubled ghost and an ever-increasing number of Spencer's family and friends who might just have motive for murder. One thing's for sure: Lady Hardcastle has a mystery on her hands.

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

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Foul language excluded .

A welcome change from the now fashionable foul language detective stories available today , and , nobody felt it necessary to throw up at the least provocation . Narration a bit twee though for my liking .

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Good old fashioned detective story

What made the experience of listening to In the Market for Murder the most enjoyable?

The excellent narration enabled me to imagine the characters well

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Market for Murder?

I really liked the interaction between Lady Hardcastle and Flo.

What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

She read with a normal voice! Some narrators seem to have strange way of ending sentences on an uplift like a question. Elizabeth reads as if she is talking to you which is much better.

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

Some bits made me laugh out loud!

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  • Jane
  • Tregaron, United Kingdom
  • 17-04-18

More murder and sleuthing in the countryside

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Once again, Lady Emily Hardcastle, (widow, one time secret agent, turned sleuth) and her lady's maid/companion Florence Armstrong (martial arts expert, knife thrower and all one woman support team), find themselves mixed up in murder. The adventure begins with a man falling face first into his pie in the pub, on market day. Another fun adventure, very enjoyable

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What you’d expect but please get the Welsh right

Given that Armstrong is supposed to be from Wales the inability to pronounce certain words correctly (mamgu should be mam-gee not mam/goo!) detracts from an otherwise pleasant cosy crime story with entertaining female protagonists.

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Murdered pronunciations

I have enjoyed the light hearted story lines with characters who are fun. My disappointments have come in the pronunciations of the Welsh words and phrases. In the “Market for Murder” there are Cornish mid-pronunciations too. One of the main characters is Welsh, yet she doesn’t know how to say the Welsh words correctly!! Surely, ensuring correct pronunciations would be part of the research and “proof” listening.

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Wonderful, cosy crime

Loved the story, humour between the two main characters and the voice of the narrator.

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Cozy Mystery

Another wonderful funny book from this author. I think part of the fun is in the narration. Elizabeth Knowelden does a superb job of performing these books, each character is easy to identify and she has the pace of the book perfectly.

This time Lady Hardcastle and her faithful maid Flo solve several mysteries, all neatly tied together at the conclusion of the book. I had to admire the way the author wove the mysteries. As I said in the review of "A Quiet Life in the Country" these are not serious literature but they are certainly laugh out loud funny in places and extremely easy to listen to (actually listen to again and again). Full marks for listening pleasure.

I know the third book is on the way and I can't wait.

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Good yarn

This another good yarn by TE Kinsey about the exploits of Lady Hardcastle and her ladies maid. There are several threads to the tale that are only resolved at the very end. A very enjoyable listening experience spoilt only by the mispronunciation of a few words that are off putting. A pity because I really enjoyed this who dunnit.

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Excellent!

What did you like most about In the Market for Murder?

Superb cast of characters

Any additional comments?

I'm now hungry for more in this series but, sadly, I see there are none yet published so I'll have to wait. - Which at least gives me something to look forward to.

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I love these books!

The dynamic between the main characters is fabulous and the humour makes it. More books please!

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 09-02-17

Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

This is a terrific sequel to A Quiet Life in the Country. The book takes three mystery lines and intertwines them effectively. There is the death of a cruel man that might be from poisoning. A ghost accuses a member of the group doing a seance of murder. And the plaques and awards from a rugby club get stolen. I enjoyed the way the threads of the mysteries end up intertwined.

The book is very fun, with clever word play and banter between Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, who narrates the book. I loved this book and am waiting on tenterhooks for the third book to released on June 15!

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  • My02cents
  • 24-12-16

Delightful!

It's been a while since I've looked forward to and pre-ordered a book. I was very excited for this one and savored every minute. Fantastic storylines, delightful laugh-out-loud moments and superb narration. I can't wait for the next!

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  • lovetoread
  • 17-05-17

Plenty of murder suspects in English countryside

Once again Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid tackle a murder investigation in the country. Plot is thick with suspects and paranormal activity,and keeps the reader busy trying to guess who and why someone would want a villager or two dead. A little more complicated plot than the previous adventure, but worth the read.

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  • Emmaline
  • 05-01-17

Wonderful series! Witty and fun!

This is my new favorite series, soooo good! Very witty and fun, with very intriguing mysteries. I can't say enough good things about it. Narrator was AMAZING, she really brought everyone to life. Buy it, you won't regret it!

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  • Wayne
  • 09-12-17

Light cozy mystery

With my Kindle Unlimited account In the Market for Murder cost me only $1.99 plus tax. In my view it is worth what I paid for it, but not much more. The murder mystery is light and fun but is otherwise unimpressive. This Lady Hardcastle series is very highly rated and popular, so my rating is an outlier; for me this novel was barely okay while most listeners and readers found it delightful. So be it!

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  • Elisa
  • 25-03-17

Great characters and narrator

loved the narrator! Her excellent use of dialects brought the already great characters to life.

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  • Dawn L. Willliams
  • 04-03-17

Fun book to listen to

This is the second book in this series that I have listened to. I purchased book one of the series as a kindle book with accompanying audio. I didn't like reading the book, but the audio version was wonderful. I think you need the English accents to make the story "live". The story line is a bit like Agatha Christie mysteries. The performance is very good, lots of different voices, not just someone reading the book. The story also has humor and a lightness that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend this audible book to anyone who likes who done it type mysteries and also English settings at the turn of the century. Lady Hardcastle and Flo are exciting women for their time. Which makes it all the more fun.

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  • DG1939
  • 09-01-17

more good work

another well written and enjoyable story. I'm 77 and iit's been a long time since I've enjoyed reading this much, but I couldn't put this down.

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  • PATRICIA MCCOOL
  • 07-01-17

Brilliant!!

Love this series. The narrator is fantastic!
She interprets the character well and brings you into the story! Good job!

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  • Beth Shumaker
  • 31-12-16

enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to In the Market for Murder the most enjoyable?

I really like the reader and her use of her voice

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Market for Murder?

I liked all of it.

What does Elizabeth Knowelden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice

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

No

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