• In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,954 ratings)

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By: T E Kinsey
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
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Publisher's 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.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Spirit Is Willing, this edition of In the Market for Murder includes editorial revisions.

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

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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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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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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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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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This narrator deserves an Oscar

I love this series. I enjoy a good English mystery, but this series is LOL funny! The narrator does a wide array of voices, each with its distinctive sound and character. This takes the story up a level--a really good story to a hysterically funny story with two starring female leads. She truly deserves a Grammy for her efforts.This book is more than credit worthy.....I actually BOUGHT the second book in the series because I couldn't wait for my next credit to come up. GET THIS, GET THIS, GET THIS!!!!

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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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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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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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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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Very delightful listen

Narrator was excellent & story line intriguing. Carry over of characters from first book was integrated.

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  • Helen
  • 06-17-17

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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  • George
  • 10-26-17

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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  • Kez
  • 04-25-21

Excellent

Loved it. Murder and intrigue. Lovely story. The banter and joviality between Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong - her lady's maid - or tiny servant, as Lady Hardcastle affectionately calls her, is fantastic. Witty and good hearted fun. Such a refreshing change to modern day rubbish. Narrated beautifully too. Well done to all.

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  • Sandra Payne
  • 03-14-20

Another great read in the saga

Really enjoyed this book. Story kept my attention and built on the characters from book 1 where the ladies move to the country.
Some of the characters are not quite believable but our heroines work their way through several different mysteries and , like Miss Marple before them, solve the cases.

Enjoy the narration, but occasionally I feel that a word or two is on the next line and is a bit stilted in flow. I let Elizabeth off though as I generally like her narration and the different characters.

This book will suit those who enjoy following the same characters through a range of different stories - in the vein of Mallory Towers which I read many years ago.

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  • Mrs J Gault
  • 01-22-20

an easy listem

I enjoyed the well loved funny characters.
Not a huge amount of depth to the crimes but an easy listen. a great book were everyone sees the good in each other and all get on well

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  • Sailaway
  • 07-11-17

oooops made a mistake here

Not my best choice of reading matter. Bit too 'jolly hockey sticks' . In a class of it's own

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  • Janey
  • 03-19-17

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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  • Teddy
  • 02-21-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-17

I love these books!

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

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  • Marc Johnson
  • 01-02-23

An amusingly cosy mystery

The story, whilst entertaining, takes a back stage to the relationships between the characters and the humour and banter woven into the writing

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  • Craig Squires
  • 11-22-22

A cozy murder mystery

Great plot
Brilliantly performed
For those of you who don’t like swearing this is the book for you.

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  • John
  • 03-24-21

Timeless period detection

Another good read for a period piece of detective work. The characters are delightful and one is taken back to a green and pleasant land if only in memory and wistful desire. Good storyline.

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  • Sophie
  • 02-05-21

murder mystery brings merriment and mischief

enjoy a good ol murder mystery but with added hilarity and rambunctious characters you'll feel like Lady Hardcastle and Flo are part of the family

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  • Aussie 66
  • 12-26-20

couldn't get into it

I was looking forward to it, but I had to restart the story several times, my mind just kept wandering somewhere else everytime , somehow I got to the end but I'm not sure what happened. big disappointment.

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  • Ozziegiraffe
  • 04-22-19

Good mystery

Quite a good period mystery, but I felt the narrator’s voice was too affected for the character she was portraying as narrator.

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  • Harriet Fitzgerald
  • 01-05-19

an enjoyable listen

very enjoyable, I am enjoying the characters bantering and development. performed well, a couple of accent slip ups but generally good

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  • Katenka
  • 06-26-18

Slow plot.

I like the main characters and their rapport, but the plot was a bit far fetched and involved and her closing summary was way too long.

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  • mrsvee
  • 11-05-17

Totally impressed.

I tend to stick to a few authors and reread their books time and again, and I e en have a couple of short stories that I keep near when I want something light and quick, but having found T E Kinsey, I have to say that yes, I am impressed. Not exactly a worldwide super novel, but these mystery stories are told well, the characters have life and I am enjoying some new reads.

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  • sarah
  • 07-30-17

brilliant narration

a cosy easy to follow story with amusing lead characters. The narrator makes it worth a listen