Death Beside the Seaside

A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 6
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: Lady Hardcastle Mysteries, Book 6
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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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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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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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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  • 11-04-19

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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love it

t.e. Kinsey books are delightful. love the characters. Surprise ending and as usual quirky characters and situations.

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Wonderful

Love these books this author
Well written. Truly engaging. Highly recommend
Would make great movie!!

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Fun and interesting great narration

Fun and interesting great narration. The narration was terrific. The story was interesting. Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick are fun. But the interesting narration is the best

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Fun and entertaining as always!

Excellent story, excellent narration! Never pass up a Lady Hardcastle book! Can’t wait for book 7!!

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outstanding

another outstanding novel with lady hardcastle! fun , engaging, and overall delightful. logical yet surprise ending

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Fun book to listen to.


This book is read well. The story and characters are fun to spend time with. There is also humor through out the story.

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  • susan burgess
  • 01-30-20

Lady hardcastle and Flo

I have listened to all these stories and love them. They have plenty of incidents along the narrative and the characters are all adorable. I am looking forward to the next one

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  • Ms. Lk Mynott
  • 03-07-20

Riotously funny and superbly read.

Elizabeth Knoweldon is a master at conjuring the scene and the atmosphere of these books with her exceptional story telling skills. T E Kinsey's narrative is riotously hilarious and cunningly clever. Once you've listened to one you'll want to hear them all!

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  • Rossi
  • 01-25-20

Like The Archers but with murders!

I have loved this series so far and have binge-listened from start to finish while gardening. Now I'm at a complete loss – I have no more to listen to until the author adds another title! I only paused the audiobooks when another episode of The Archers arrived in my podcast list and they mingled beautifully. One story set in Ambridge, the other in Gloucestershire just down the road. Perfect! Great narration and fun stories. There's not a weak book in the whole series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-19

It is what it is and that is a fun read !

As always, this was a fun and easy read.

Read well, i believe in all these characters.

my hubby and I listen in the car and he often sits laughing at their antics. We sit guessing the 'who done it'.

i would always recommend this author as i really enjoy his relaxed style.

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  • Smallbo
  • 11-06-19

A Wonderful Read

Really enjoyed this book. The characters of Hardcastle & Armstrong get better and better and the story was very good.

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  • Gary
  • 11-05-19

Best yet of the series!

I love the lady hardcastle mysteries, and this was yet another brilliant installment! can't wait for the next book!

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  • Dreadpirate Smoo
  • 11-04-19

A jolly cosy read!

As with all the other Lady Hardcastle books, this was thoroughly enjoyable. Tucked up under a duvet in miserable weather turned out to be the perfect place to listen. Wonderful performance from the storyteller and well written a joyas I live not to far away from the setting. I do believe I will read every Lady Hardcastle book that comes out and let's all hope there will be many! One to listen to again and again! Bravo!

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  • L. Holyday
  • 10-28-19

Another Hardcastle & Armstrong masterpiece

Yet another winner from the pen of T.E. Kinsey. Believable characters you warm to or loathe. A story that grips you & the wonderful relationship between the main characters. A joy. When's the next out???

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  • Jac
  • 10-26-19

Entertaining

Another entertaining story with excellent narration. Highly recommend this one and the others in the series.

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  • Simon, Oxford
  • 10-26-19

Excellent story of daring do

Superb combination of Ms Knowlden’s performance and T E Kinsey’s splendid characters and plot. Thank you both and I hope you have more books planned. They will certainly be on my radar and pre-orders.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

What Ho Lady Hardcastle!

Loved the story, and Elizabeth Knowelden is one of my favourite narrators. What Ho indeed!

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 11-27-19

Whacky and fun

Another mad-capped adventure for Lady H and Flo. Completely ridiculous but thoroughly enjoyable.
Elizabeth Knowelden is a delight to listen to.

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  • Allison McHugh
  • 10-29-19

A bit disappointing 😢

This was all plot with no interesting characters or relationships. The first book was that & more & was excellent. Couldn't finish this one.