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A Picture of Murder (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 4) Kindle Edition
Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell.
Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colourful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another…One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.
With the police left scratching their heads, Lady Hardcastle calls upon her amateur sleuthing skills to launch an investigation, with Flo’s able assistance. Surrounded by suspects both human and supernatural, Lady Hardcastle must use a little trickery of her own to unmask the murderer.
About the Author
T E Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. He worked for a number of years as a magazine features writer before falling into the glamorous world of the Internet, where he edited content for a very famous entertainment website for quite a few years more. After helping to raise three children, learning to scuba dive and to play the drums and the mandolin (though never, disappointingly, all at the same time), he decided the time was right to get back to writing. A Picture of Murder is the fourth novel in a series of mysteries starring Lady Hardcastle. There is also a short story, “Christmas at The Grange”. His website is at tekinsey.uk and you can follow him on Twitter—@tekinsey—as well as on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekinsey.
- ASIN : B07D4G28KY
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (22 October 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2138 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542046025
- Best Sellers Rank: 872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- the benevolent attitude of the police to the heroines
- the way the ladies boasted of their exploits to all and sundry
- the way the ladies tackled the 6 criminals on their own
Also the banter between the ladies became a little too forced.
The author describes the characters of "Upstairs and Downstairs " in yet another small village mystery. The story is full of fun and intrigue and I recommend these delightful stories to everyone.
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The relationship between the main characters is quirky, but believable nonetheless. The village is peopled with the types that you would expect to have met in the early 1900s, and actually were met by me during my 1950s childhood, which is one reason why I have enjoyed the book, and the series.
The story for this was excellently crafted, and I managed to spot most of the clues. Despite that, I dismissed my theory, which turned out to be more than half right.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am a fan of the books from the "Golden Age of the Whodunit", and this gives a deferential courtesy to the genre (certainly more than Flo Armstrong would give).
I recommend this as a nice "cosy" read, especially if, like I do, you alternate fiction and nonfiction. If you haven't already, I suggest beginning with the first in the series.
Following a fire in the kitchens of The Grange, Lady Hardcastle is only too happy to help her friend, Lady Farley-Stroud by housing the four actors who star in a ‘moving-picture’ due to be shown at the village hall. It’s not long though before one of the actors is found murdered, apparently in a manner that parodies the death of his character in the show. Certainly not one to turn down the opportunity for a bit of amateur sleuthing, Lady Hardcastle and her trusty ally and lady’s maid, Florence Armstrong, soon find themselves in pursuit of a murderer.
This was another excellent story in this series. Along with many of the characters that appear in the earlier books, ‘A Picture of Murder’ introduces many more, and from banner-wielding evangelists, to flamboyant actors, and a snobbish reporter, they all delight. The plot is complex, there are clues aplenty, and we even get the bonus of finding-out a little more about how the relationship between Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong first began. And, as with the previous outings for the daring duo, the dialogue between them is full of sarcasm and humour.
Although any of the books can be read in their own right, if you’ve just discovered the series, then I would recommend reading them in order. This series is too good to miss any of nuances that one finds by relating the content of the earlier stories to those that follow. Well written, historically accurate, and always entertaining, I for one hope the series has a long way to run yet. Wonderful reading!