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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...

Closer investigation reveals that the driver's car was sabotaged - and the driver murdered. The local constabulary are quick to dismiss the case, but Flo and Lady Hardcastle are determined to find out just who has committed this dastardly act, and why.

As the pair begin to make enquiries of Lord Riddlethorpe's servants and guests, it seems that, below stairs and above, there is more to this case than meets the eye. And, even in the quiet of the countryside, death is always just around the bend.

©2017 T E Kinsey (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing Inc., all rights reserved.

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Well done you, T E Kinsey!

Fun murder mystery! I enjoyed this immensely! The narrator is fantastic! She carries the enthusiasm of the characters beautifully.

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I want to listen to another right away.

I am a big fan of the combination of this author and the narrator. I binge listen and an sad that there are no more for me to do gobble up. I so enjoy the the relationship between The Lady and her Maid. They are quite amusing. I am just sad that this is only the third of the books. I haven't found another cozy mystery that is anything close. would love a recommendation if anybody has

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When will another one come out?! I can't wait!

T E Kinsey has really got something great going on. I'm huge into my Agatha C, my Sir Arthur C, my Nero W.....it's taken years of waiting, searching, waiting again to finally find a new author who writes interesting, fun, cozy, intriguing murder mysteries! Now I have found her and I wait on baited breath for the next one!!!! T E Kinsey cannot write fast enough to satisfy my desire to hear more of the adventures of Lady H and Flo!

Elizabeth Knowelden continues to surpass all expectations as a narrator. I prefer male narrators such as David Suchet or Hugh Fraser but Ms. Knowelden is superb ! I can't imagine a Lady H book read aloud by anyone else!! She is the voice of Flo! And of Lady H. To a T!!

Please please please write more, have them made into audiobooks and read by Ms. Knowelden! I have nothing else to read or listen too that is of the same caliber!!

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Another Fantastic Addition to the Series!

Another fantastic, charming, and witty book in the Lady Hardscastle series. I tried to savor it and listen slowly but it's hard to because I enjoy TE Kinsey' s writing so much. I highly recommend this series to all my friends.

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The winner is!

narrator - winner
storyline- winner
author - winner

If you loved the first two books number three will not disappoint.

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captivating

captivating as are all in this series, can't wait for the next adventure , well done!

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Waiting Impatiently for the next installment!

We've come to love these characters. The writer has done an excellent job of creating characters who are intriguing, endearing, lovable and are full of depth. We especially love the clever banter between Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong, her Ladies maid. These stories are an absolute joy.

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I love the friendship of Flo & Hardcastle

I absolutely love the dynamic & friendship between Florence & Lady Hardcastle! They have such a wonderful friendship & banter, which is what makes this series so charming. I always love to see where the two will travel & what mystery they will uncover. This was my favorite of the books so far, as I felt like it had developed the characters very well. I felt invested in the new characters I met & really tense as I waited for the killer to strike again.
This series continues to be a favorite because of its wit, charm, Humor, mystery, intrigue & characters. It's the perfect blend of them all

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Love it all from book 1 to 3

I enjoyed this book the story line and the suspense had my intres peak. O and the witty characters gave me a good laugh

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The Reader is Phenomenal

Ms. Knowelden brings the characters to life and makes the book more enjoyable. I luv

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  • Teddy
  • 07-18-17

Thi series is getting better by the book

Would you listen to Death Around the Bend again? Why?

Absolutely, I'd listen to it again/ It's a great listen - amusing, entertaining, funny, well written, and well read.

What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

Her reading flows well and there's a nice variation in the voicing of the different characters.

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  • Janey
  • 06-28-17

Another good yarn

This is the third book in the series and it is just as good as the first two. You get a real insight into life in a stately home both upstairs and downstairs. The relationship between the lady and her maid is both unexpected and ver funny. The way the plot is written and the final conclusions are very well done and it is not easy to work out who dunnit until the end. I like the fact there is no swearing, sex or violence so even my grandchildren could listen with me.

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  • Rogayah
  • 06-18-17

Fun

Fun and a light touch. The cloud though is the thought that all these happenings, care-free and light-heartedness and a belief in a world order that will last until the end of time will soon be shattered.

I guess the murderer and motive, but that did not deter or spoil the story which is as much about the sparring of maid and mistress as the rest. Characters and the country house party was still alive and well.

The narrator's lively voice added much to the brightness of the tale. Light but written with a deft touch. This is the third in this enjoyable series.

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  • Jane
  • 04-17-18

The pace moves up a gear.

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This time Lady Emily Hardcastle and her diminutive but deadly sidekick (AKA her maid), Florence Armstrong, are off on holiday to the North of England. The promise of driving a racing car from the stable of their host making up for the long journey. Disaster strikes and once again the sleuthing duo are called upon to solve the mystery. A wonderful jaunt

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  • OFB
  • 04-15-18

Hardcastle and Armstrong triumph again.

Quite marvellous. superb reading and a great yarn. Thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to the next adventure.

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  • Book Addict
  • 04-10-18

Five Stars!

I just love this entire series (and very much look forward to the next installment!). The stories and fun, entertaining, and well thought-out. The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, does such a fantastic job. The narrator can make or break an audiobook - and she definitely makes it! I hope she will continue to be the voice and Lady Hardcastle and Miss Armstrong. Wouldn’t be as much fun without her!

I highly recommend all of the Lady Hardcastle books.

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  • Sarah Roberts
  • 03-28-18

Good crime mystery fun

I love this series! Good fun and intriguing!
Characters are likeable too. Would suggest even though I'm not usually a crime fan.

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  • G. Williams
  • 03-04-18

Great!

Fantastic books getting better and better with each one. Very well written and expertly read, I love them.

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  • Maggie
  • 02-07-18

This series gets better and better

I’m really enjoying these T. E. Kinsey books about Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong. An idea that’s a little different, based firmly in the Edwardian era but written with a modern witty twist. This one lifts their murder sleuthing to a different level with what appears to be a conventional country house weekend (a la Downton) that ends up as anything but. Murder mysteries, but with real humour and characterisation.

And excellently related! I think most of us using Audible tend to assume that all narrators will be professional, and able to voice different characters and master basic pronunciation. I’ve had a salutary lesson not to take them for granted with a perfectly ghastly attempt at poor Jilly Cooper’s Polo, which had to be returned. That’s why I appreciated Elizabeth Knowelden’s work so much!

Thoroughly recommend.

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  • evosticky
  • 01-05-18

A great yarn

I have thoroughly enjoyed these Lady Hardcastle stories, the plots and characters are very engaging. The narrator's voice is very pleasant to listen to. but occasional mispronunciations were a surprise.